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  • Walter Schroeder examines the history and lasting value of this reference guide to Missouri
    Walter Schroeder: The WPA Guide to Missouri
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    Walter Schroeder leads an examination of The WPA Guide to Missouri on Wednesday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, presents his scathing thesis on how conservatives ruined government, enriched themselves, and beggared the nation
    Thomas Frank: The Wrecking Crew
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Contemporary Conservatism

    Thomas Frank, the author of the bestseller What’s the Matter with Kansas?, presents the revised paperback edition of his book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Award-winning journalist Jeff Benedict shares the story of Susette Kelo, the woman whose quest to save her house landed her in the center of a national debate on eminent domain.
    Jeff Benedict: Little Pink House
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Legal Battles: David vs. Goliath

    Award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict discusses his new book Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Get behind the wheel with author Tom Vanderbilt as he discusses how traffic works, who is most most likely to honk at whom, and what our driving says about us.
    Tom Vanderbilt: Traffic
    Monday, September 14, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Books on Traffic & Driving

    Author Tom Vanderbilt discusses his new book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do on Monday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn unfold the stories of Polish Holocaust survivors and their rescuers during one of the most inhumane times in world history
    Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn: They Were Just People
    Thursday, September 10, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    During one of the most inhumane times in world history, Adolph Hitler’s attempt to murder all of Europe’s Jews almost succeeded. Chief among the reasons that the savage goal fell short was the work of brave non-Jews who sheltered their fellow citizens. On Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., authors Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn present the stories of everyday heroes from their book They Were Just People.

  • Newsweek correspondent Richard Wolffe offers a detailed and nuanced account of President Barack Obama’s campaign and first 100 days in office
    Richard Wolffe: Renegade
    Wednesday, September 9, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts author and journalist Richard Wolffe for a discussion of his latest book Renegade: The Making of a President on Wednesday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • American Studies scholar Norman Yetman offers an in-depth look at these oral histories and traces their influence in popular culture
    Norman Yetman: Voices from Slavery
    Thursday, September 3, 2009
    Central Library

    American Studies scholar Norman Yetman presents Voices from Slavery: The Federal Writers’ Project Slave Narrative Collection on Thursday, September 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.  

  • Historian Jerrold Hirsch examines the lasting cultural value derived from the Federal Writers’ Project
    Jerrold Hirsch: Portrait of America
    Wednesday, September 2, 2009
    Central Library

    Historian Jerrold Hirsch leads a presentation called Portrait of America: A Cultural History of the Federal Writers' Project, examining the lasting value derived from this government program on Wednesday, September 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • International architecture critic Ulf Meyer analyzes Asian mega-cities such as Beijing, Taipei, Tokyo, and Jakarta.
    Ulf Meyer: Cities of the Pacific Century
    Thursday, August 27, 2009
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes architecture critic Ulf Meyer to discuss Cities of the Pacific Century on Thursday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    Meyer will discuss his experiences touring prominent Asian mega-cities—such as Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, and Jakarta—that have given rise to the notion of the 21st century as "The Century of the Pacific."

  • The panel, facilitated by attorney and UMKC alumna Angela Bennett, features cross-generational, multi-ethnic  discussion addressing the place  of feminism in the lives of women of color
    Women, Girls, Ladies: Continuing the Conversation
    Wednesday, August 26, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    The Women’s Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in conjunction with the Kansas City Public Library and UMKC’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, presents the panel discussion Women, Girls, Ladies: Continuing the Conversation on Wednesday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street.