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  • John Ferling discusses his compelling and accessible one-volume chronicle of the most pivotal period in America’s history, the battle in the Continental Congress over declaring American independence.
    John Ferling - Independence: The Struggle To Set America Free
    Wednesday, July 27, 2011
    Central Library

    No event in American history was more pivotal — or more contested — than the decision by Congress to declare independence in July 1776. Even months after American blood had been shed at Lexington and Concord, many colonists remained loyal to Britain.

  • Representatives from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum discuss the scientific, social, and political changes that took place during the Eisenhower presidency. The talk complements a new exhibit on display at the Museum in Abilene, Kansas.
    Eisenhower: Agent of Change
    Thursday, July 21, 2011
    Central Library

    Often referred to as eight years of peace and prosperity, the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-61) was in fact an era of great scientific, social, and political changes. Some were positive, others negative—but all came at a price and greatly affected the lives of the American people.

  • Timothy Noel Tegge, clown, illusionist, ringmaster, and curator of the Tegge Circus Archives,  speaks about his experiences in the circus and provides insight into the Reckless Beauty and Mounting Laughter exhibit.
    Timothy Noel Tegge - Reckless Beauty and Mounting Laughter
    Wednesday, July 20, 2011
    Central Library

    Born to a circus-clown father, Timothy Noel Tegge began performing in the ring by age 5. Today, while still working as a clown, he also acts as a circus illusionist, ringmaster, and performance director—and is curator of the Tegge Circus Archives, a repository of circus posters and ephemera he began collecting as a child.

  • Columbia University marketing expert David Rogers examines how digital technologies—from smartphones to social network— connect us in networks that  transform our relationships to businesses and each other.
    David Rogers - The Network Is Your Customer: Five Strategies To Thrive in a Digital Age
    Thursday, June 30, 2011
    Central Library

    Marketing expert David Rogers, executive director of the Center on Global Brand Leadership at Columbia Business School, examines how digital technologies — from smartphones to social networks — connect us in networks that transform our relationships to businesses and each other.

  • Emory University historian Deborah E. Lipstadt examines the May 1960 capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina and his  subsequent trial that electrified  the world.
    Deborah E. Lipstadt: The Eichmann Trial
    Wednesday, June 29, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Emory University historian Deborah E. Lipstadt examines the May 1960 capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina and his subsequent trial that electrified the world.

  • Stuart Hinds, of LaBudde Special Collections at Miller Nichols Library; David Jackson, of the Jackson County Historical Society; and Christopher Leitch, of the Kansas City Museum discuss a new archive thats reflects history of the gay and lesbian community in the Kansas City area.
    GLAMA: Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America
    Sunday, June 19, 2011
    Central Library

    The first-ever meeting of a national coalition of lesbian and gay leaders took place in Kansas City in 1966.

    What preceded such activism? How has the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community evolved? Answers are found in the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, which is discussed by a panel of local experts: Stuart Hinds, Miller Nichols Library; David Jackson, Jackson County Historical Society; and Christopher Leitch, Kansas City Museum.

    This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series.

  • The authors of The Sumner Story discuss the inspiring stories of graduates from the formerly segregated black high school in Kansas City, Kansas.
    The Sumner Story
    Thursday, June 16, 2011
    Central Library

    The authors of The Sumner Story discuss the history of Sumner High School, the formerly segregated black high school in Kansas City, Kansas, that is now the college-prep oriented Sumner Academy, which is consistently ranked among the top high schools in America.

    The book offers awe-inspiring details about the success of the school. The authors include Sumner alumni Wilma F. Bonner, Johnnieque Blackmon Love, Sandra Freelain, and Dwight D. Henderson.

  • The Fourth Biennial Urban Farms and Gardens Tour, a showcase of urban agriculture in the Kansas City metro area presented by Cultivate Kansas City kicks off with a presentation from author, farmer, and food system activist Michael Ableman.
    Urban Farming: Get Your Grow On
    Wednesday, June 15, 2011
    Central Library

    The Fourth Biennial Urban Farms and Gardens Tour, a week-long showcase of urban agriculture across the Kansas City metro area, kicks off with a presentation by author, farmer, and food system activist Michael Ableman.

  • Kick off the Library’s new business series with Gail Lozoff, co-founder of SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza and the former Bagel & Bagel  (now Einstein Bros. Bagels) chain.
    A Conversation with Gail Lozoff
    Tuesday, June 14, 2011
    Central Library

    Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews renowned Kansas City entrepreneur Gail Lozoff, marking the official start of the Library’s Kansas City—Cradle of Entrepreneurs series.

    Lozoff is a third-generation entrepreneur whose innovation and creativity has positioned her as one of Kansas City’s most influential business persons of the past 30 years.

    The co-founder of SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, Lozoff is best known for creating Bagel & Bagel, a local chain she sold to Boston Market that eventually became Einstein Bros. Bagels.

  • Author Victoria Christopher Murray discusses her new novel The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil – the story of a couple struggling to find their way amidst corruption, betrayal, and the ultimate temptation.
    Victoria Christopher Murray: The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil
    Wednesday, June 8, 2011
    Central Library

    Author Victoria Christopher Murray discusses her new novel The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil — the story of a couple struggling to find their way amidst corruption, betrayal, and the ultimate temptation.

    Evia and Adam have been in love since high school, but things become difficult when Adam loses his job and they find they cannot support their family of five on Evia’s salary as an executive assistant.

    The couple have no idea what to do until Evia’s boss, Shay Shaunte, makes a proposition that sends their world spinning out of control.