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  • Historian Diane Mutti Burke discusses her new book about slavery in Missouri and how it differed, for better or worse, from slavery in the Deep South.
    Diane Mutti Burke: On Slavery's Border
    Sunday, January 16, 2011
    Central Library

    Diane Mutti Burke, an assistant professor of history at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, discusses her new book about slavery in Missouri and how it differed from the Deep South on Sunday, January 16, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Historian Edward Bowie of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth explains why the military accomplishments of Alexander the Great remain a benchmark against which other military leaders are judged.
    The Great Commanders Series: Alexander the Great
    Thursday, January 13, 2011
    Central Library

    Historian Edward Bowie explains why the military accomplishments of Alexander the Great remain a benchmark against which other military leaders are judged on Thursday, January 13, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Kansas City Star political cartoonist Lee Judge discusses his new book The Stuff They Wouldn’t Print, a collection of cartoons that have been rejected during his 34-year career.
    Lee Judge: The Stuff They Wouldn’t Print
    Thursday, December 9, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Political cartoonist Lee Judge discusses his new book The Stuff They Wouldn’t Print, a collection of cartoons that have been rejected during his 34-year career. The book includes his take on Tiger Woods’ troubles, Ronald Reagan’s colon surgery, and an imagined talk between Hillary Clinton and Lorena Bobbit.

    Judge’s cartoons have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including: The Kansas City Star, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Review.

  • Judge Howard Sachs, David Achtenberg, and Mamie Hughes join Library Director Cro
    Desegregating the Bar: 55 Years On
    Wednesday, December 8, 2010
    Central Library

    Following a contentious meeting in December 1955, the Kansas City Bar Association voted to admit both African Americans and women as members. This decision made the organization open to all lawyers regardless of gender or race. 

  • Father and son Henry and Tom Bloch discuss the founding of Kansas City-based H&R Block, as well as Tom’s new book that chronicles the growth of the “Nation’s Largest Income Tax Service.”
    Henry and Tom Bloch - Many Happy Returns
    Tuesday, November 9, 2010
    Central Library

    Father and son Henry and Tom Bloch discuss the founding of H&R Block and explain how the company transitioned from a Kansas City-based bookkeeping business to the “Nation’s Largest Income Tax Service” on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Henry Adams, great-great-great-great-grandson of John and Abigail Adams, presents a sweeping saga about America’s first and most famous family dynasty.
    Henry Adams: The Real Adams Family
    Thursday, October 28, 2010
    Central Library

    Henry Adams, the great-great-great-great-grandson of founding father John Adams, presents a sweeping saga about America’s first and most famous family dynasty.

  • The acclaimed biographer, Ron Chernow, delves into the formative events of America – and its first leader.
    Ron Chernow - Washington: A Life
    Wednesday, October 27, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Acclaimed biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the first president of the United States in Washington: A Life.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Garry Trudeau makes a special public appearance  to celebrate the release of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, a lavish book commemorating four decades of expert commentary on the social and political landscape.
    Garry Trudeau - 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective
    Monday, October 25, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Garry Trudeau makes a special public appearance to celebrate the release of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, a lavish book commemorating four decades of expert commentary on the social and political landscape, on Monday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Acclaimed historian Bryan Le Beau highlights decisions made by certain individuals that helped turn what might have been a minor event into a crisis that has held the imagination of generations
    Bryan Le Beau: The Story of the Salem Witch Trials
    Thursday, October 21, 2010
    Central Library

    From June - September 1692, 19 people were hanged for practicing witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Just in time for Halloween, historian Bryan Le Beau offers a much-needed synthesis of the most recent scholarship on the Salem Witch Trials, placing them into the context of the Great European Witch-Hunt, and relating the events of 1692 to witch-hunting throughout 17th century New England.

  • This fourth event in a series called The Great Debates  Revisited features a screening of the fourth presidential debate between Kennedy  and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Rick Perlstein.
    The Great Debates Revisited: Rick Perlstein
    Monday, October 18, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

    The Great Debates Revisited
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    This fourth event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the fourth presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Rick Perlstein.