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  • James Young, noted authority on memorial architecture, discusses architecture’s capacity for reflecting evolving narratives and mediating public spaces and personal memories.
    James Young: Stages of Memory in Berlin and New York After 9/11
    Sunday, October 23, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    James Young, noted authority on memorial architecture, and a juror for New York’s World Trade Center Memorial Site competition and Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, discusses architecture’s capacity for reflecting evolving narratives and mediating public spaces and personal memories. Young is distinguished professor of English and Judaic Studies, and director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

  • Archaeologist Dan L. Davis,  explains how he helped direct the first scientific excavation of two ancient deep-water wrecks in the Black Sea using a remotely operated vehicle.
    Dan L. Davis - Exploring in Jason’s Wake: Deepwater Archaeology in the Black Sea
    Thursday, October 20, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    The Black Sea once served as a maritime highway for ancient and medieval cultures. In its depths, an international team of archaeologists and oceanographers are now discovering shipwrecks using the latest in robotic and digital imaging technology.

  • CKE Restaurants Chief Executive Officer Andrew Puzder shares his views on job creation and explains why he believes government attempts to orchestrate labor markets usually backfire.
    Andrew Puzder - Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It
    Wednesday, October 19, 2011
    Central Library

    CKE Restaurants Chief Executive Officer Andrew Puzder shares his views on job creation and explains why he believes attempts by the government to orchestrate labor markets usually backfire.

    Puzder contends that the American private sector has always been the initiator of new employment, and consistently introduced the products and service innovations that put millions of people to work.

    Co-sponsored by the Show-Me Institute and Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

  • Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III launches its second season with a conversation with Mark Twain, as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performer George Frein.
    Meet the Past: Mark Twain
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011
    Central Library

    Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III launches its second season with a conversation with Mark Twain, as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performer George Frein.

    Mark Twain’s novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, established him as one of the great American writers, while some accounts (like that of Ernest Hemingway) cite him as the source of American literature.

  • Supreme Discomfort, written by Washington Post staffers  Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher, tracks Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from his poor childhood to his law school years, to his rise within the Republican political establishment.
    Kevin Merida & Michael Fletcher: Supreme Discomfort
    Monday, October 17, 2011
    Central Library

    Supreme Discomfort, written by Washington Post staffers Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher, tracks the odyssey of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from his poor childhood in Georgia to his law school years at Yale, to his rise within the Republican political establishment.

    The book paints a haunting portrait of a man who straddles two different worlds, uneasy in both, and whose divided personality and conservative political philosophy will deeply influence American life for years to come.

  • In conjunction with the world-premiere of “The Darwin Project,” British scientist Andrew Berry demystifies the most important and misinterpreted of all biological ideas: evolution.
    Andrew Berry: Charles Darwin’s Theory Today
    Thursday, October 13, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    In conjunction with the world-premiere of “The Darwin Project,” an upcoming co-presentation of The Friends of Chamber Music and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, British scientist Andrew Berry demystifies the most important and misinterpreted of all biological ideas: evolution. A lecturer in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, Berry’s research is dedicated to finding evidence of Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection at the DNA level.

  • Public art inspires dialogue, provides visual appeal, and engages its viewers. This panel, moderated by Porter Arneill, includes Jacqueline Chanda, Julian Zugazagoitia, and Mike Burke.
    Public Art/Civic Catalyst – A Local Perspective
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011
    Central Library

    Public art inspires dialogue, provides visual appeal, and engages its viewers. This panel, moderated by Porter Arneill, public art administrator for Kansas City includes Jacqueline Chanda, president, Kansas City Art Institute; Julian Zugazagoitia, chief executive officer, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and Mike Burke, King Hershey, P.C., and member Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts.

    Co-sponsored by Art in the Loop, Downtown Council and Municipal Art Commission of Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Kansas City Star reporters  Eric Adler and Laura Bauer discuss a new book chronicling the paper’s coverage of the tornado that devastated Joplin and the efforts of residents and volunteers who have helped the community heal.
    Eric Adler & Laura Bauer - Joplin 5/22/11: Tragedy and Recovery in the Wake of an Epic Storm
    Sunday, October 9, 2011
    Central Library

    On May 22, 2011, a massive EF-5 tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri, killing 159 people and injuring countless others.

    Reporters Eric Adler and Laura Bauer of The Kansas City Star discuss Joplin 5:41, a new book chronicling the newspaper’s coverage of the devastating tornado.

    The book celebrates the heroic efforts of Joplin residents and the thousands of volunteers who rushed to the scene to begin the healing. All royalties from sales of the book go to the Joplin Recovery Fund.

  • American Library Association President Molly Raphael discusses the current social and economic conditions facing libraries and considers some possible changes that will ensure patrons continue to value the services libraries provide.
    Molly Raphael - Libraries: Essential for Learning, Essential for Life
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
    Central Library

    American Library Association President Molly Raphael explains why current social and economic conditions are forcing libraries of all types to change rapidly in order to survive.

    How can libraries be positioned not just to survive but to thrive? What difficult choices will have to be made in the next few years so that patrons continue to value the services libraries provide? How can libraries ensure that they are seen as both essential for learning and for life in the communities they serve?

  • KU professor Susan Harris examines a rarely seen political side of Mark Twain, whose questions about America’s role in the world remain as relevant in 2011 as they were in 1900.
    Susan Harris: Mark Twain and the Philippines
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011
    Central Library

    The annexation of the Philippines by the United States was a contentious issue at the turn of the last century. Supporters of annexation called the notion “benevolent assimilation,” while Mark Twain – interested by the racial and religious ideologies circulating amid the national debate – called it “hogwash” and “pious hypocrisy.”

    KU professor Susan Harris examines a rarely seen political side of Twain, whose questions about America’s role in the world remain as relevant in 2011 as they were in 1900.

    This presentation is a part of The Big Read.