Event Audio

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

To listen to an audio recording of a previous Library special event, click the icon. The audio file will launch the media player on your computer.

The most recent recording displays at the top. The Library offers recordings only with the permission of the presenter. Please allow 7-10 days for the recording to be posted.

  • Award-winning novelist Chang-rae Lee discusses his career as a writer, his experiences as head of Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing, and his latest novel The Surrendered.
    Chang-rae Lee: The Surrendered
    Thursday, April 22, 2010
    Central Library

    Award-winning novelist Chang-rae Lee discusses his new novel The Surrendered, a spellbinding story of how love and war echo through an entire lifetime, on Thursday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The book has been called a profound meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice, the power of love, and the possibilities for mercy, salvation, and surrendering oneself to another.

  • In his book, Daniel Wildcat draws upon ancient Native American wisdom and nature-centered beliefs to advocate a modern strategy to combat global warming.
    Daniel Wildcat: Red Alert
    Wednesday, April 21, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Daniel Wildcat, director of the American Indian studies program and the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center at Haskell Indian Nations University, discusses his book Red Alert!, which has been described as "a stirring call to action."

    In his book, Wildcat says that "what the world needs today is a good dose of indigenous realism." Wildcat draws upon ancient Native American wisdom and nature-centered beliefs to advocate a modern strategy to combat global warming.

  • Dr. James H. Willbanks marks the 35th anniversary of the events surrounding the end of the Vietnam War.
    Dr. James H. Willbanks: The Fall of South Vietnam
    Wednesday, April 21, 2010
    Central Library

    Dr. James H. Willbanks discusses the events that led to the end of the Vietnam War on Wednesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The event marks the 35th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, which occurred on April 30, 1975.

  • Lambert shares an inspiring personal journey that starts with humble beginnings as a poor farm girl in the segregated South to become the first black woman to earn an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
    Lillian Lincoln Lambert: The Road to Someplace Better
    Friday, April 16, 2010
    Central Library

    Lillian Lincoln Lambert rose from humble beginnings as a poor farm girl in the segregated South to become the first black woman to earn an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and later, the founder of a $20 million maintenance company with 1,200 employees.

  • Jazz historian Chuck Haddix explains the significance of  The Fine Art of Jazz and the career of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Dan White.
    Chuck Haddix: The Fine Art of Dan White
    Wednesday, April 14, 2010
    Central Library

    Watch and listen as Kansas City jazz greats come to life. Chuck Haddix discusses the musicians portrayed in The Fine Art of Jazz exhibit on display April 10 - May 23 at the Central Library. A jam session featuring Jim Mair’s quartet and some of the legends pictured on the walls follows Haddix’s talk.

  • Author David Laskin discusses his new book about 12 European immigrants who came to the U.S. in search of livelihoods but whose experiences fighting in World War I left them committed to America.
    David Laskin: From Ellis Island to the Great War
    Thursday, April 8, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    David Laskin discusses his new book about 12 European immigrants who came to the U.S. in search of livelihoods, and ended up fighting with the American armed forces in World War I on Thursday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Kansas City-based writer and producer Jack Cashill discusses his new book and explains what we have – and have not – learned from past financial crises.
    Jack Cashill: Popes and Bankers
    Thursday, April 1, 2010
    Central Library

    Kansas City-based independent writer and producer Jack Cashill marks the one-year anniversary of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with a skeptical analysis that looks past the headlines and delves into the pages of history on Thursday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Library Director Crosby Kemper III leads a conversation on entrepreneurship with Joe Ratterman, president and chief executive officer of BATS Exchange.
    A Conversation with Joe Ratterman
    Wednesday, March 31, 2010
    Central Library

    Library Director Crosby Kemper III leads a conversation on entrepreneurship with Joe Ratterman, president and chief executive officer of BATS Exchange.

    Based in Lenexa, Kansas, BATS Exchange is one of the fastest growing equity markets in the United States with a team focused on fostering innovation and competition in the securities markets. BATS was founded in June 2005 at a time when market innovation and technology leadership were at risk due to over consolidation in the exchange industry.

  • Bill Braniff, an instructor at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, discusses the environment in which terrorist organizations operate.
    Bill Braniff: Understanding the Roots of the Terrorist Threat to the United States
    Tuesday, March 30, 2010
    Central Library

    Bill Braniff discusses the terrorist threat faced by the United States and explains how close examination of the environments in which terrorist organizations operate is crucial to understanding the global Salafi-jihadi movement on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Cartoonist Leigh Rubin discusses his new book The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes, a collection of his best cartoons.
    Leigh Rubin: A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
    Thursday, March 25, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Leigh Rubin discusses his new book The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes, a collection of the best cartoons from his 25 years drawing the one-panel cartoon Rubes on Thursday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.