Event Audio

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  • Simeon Wright discusses the 1955 kidnapping of his then 14-year-old cousin Emmett Till and explains what life was like for his family before, during, and after the trial.
    Simeon Wright - Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till
    Tuesday, February 8, 2011
    Central Library

    Simeon Wright discusses the 1955 kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till and explains what life was like before, during, and after the trial.

    Wright saw and heard his cousin Emmett Till whistle at Caroline Bryant at a grocery store; he was sleeping in the same bed with him when her husband came in and took Emmett away; and he was at the sensational trial.

    Wright is the author of a new book about the abduction and trial, Simeon’s Story, in which he attempts to clear up lingering misconceptions.

  • To commemorate the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, historian Michael Schaller chronicles the life of one of America’s most notable  presidents from his upbringing in rural Illinois, through his cinematic success in Hollywood, to his rise to the White House.
    Michael Schaller: Ronald Reagan
    Thursday, February 3, 2011
    Central Library

    To commemorate the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, historian Michael Schaller chronicles the life of one of America’s most notable and successful presidents.

    In this new biography, Schaller gives an account of Reagan’s life, from his small-town upbringing in rural Illinois, through his cinematic success in Hollywood, to his extraordinary rise to the White House.

  • Harvard historian Jill Lepore discusses her new book, a wry and bemused look at American history according to the far right, and explains how the Tea Party movement mirrors past attempts by the left and the right to lay claim to the American Revolution.
    Jill Lepore: The Whites of Their Eyes
    Wednesday, January 26, 2011
    Central Library

    Harvard historian Jill Lepore discusses her new book The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • In his new book, described as a "historical study as absorbing as a novel," Professor Leonard Barkan of Princeton University unearths Michelangelo’s handwritten notes to his most enduring masterpieces and achingly personal expressions of ambition and despair.
    Leonard Barkan: Michelangelo
    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
    Central Library

    Best known for his artistic achievements, Michelangelo not only filled hundreds of sheets with drawings, sketches, and doodles, but he also composed his own words. In Michelangelo: A Life on Paper, author Leonard Barkan vividly narrates the important role the written word played in Michelangelo’s monumental public output.

  • 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.