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  • Adrian Goldsworthy addresses  a great historical question in his presentation based on his  monumental new work, How  Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower.
    Adrian Goldsworthy: How Rome Fell
    Thursday, October 15, 2009
    Central Library

    Adrian Goldsworthy addresses perhaps the greatest of all historical questions in a presentation based on his monumental new work, How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower.

    In AD 200, the Roman Empire seemed unassailable. Its vast territory accounted for most of the known world. By the end of the fifth century, Roman rule had vanished in Western Europe and much of North Africa, and only a shrunken Eastern Empire remained. What accounts for this improbable decline?

  • The Cato Institute’s Bob Levy discusses how the judiciary may have become the most dangerous branch of government.
    Bob Levy: The Dirty Dozen
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    The Supreme Court

    Author Bob Levy makes the case that the judiciary has actually represented one of the greatest threats to American freedom as he discusses his new book The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.

  • Robert Wallace, former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, traces the development of modern spy gear and discusses how American technology revolutionized the “spygame.”
    Robert Wallace: Spycraft
    Thursday, October 8, 2009
    Central Library

    Robert Wallace, the former director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, discusses his new book Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda.

    Spycraft tells the story of how technology that would not appear in the public marketplace until decades later was often used to further the American intelligence-gathering cause. The book traces the development of spy gear from secret writing and bugging devices to subminiature cameras and covert internet communications.

  • Legal scholar David Atkinson traces the evolving role and increasing politicization of the Supreme Court.
    David Atkinson: Appointing the Supreme Court: From Truman to Obama
    Monday, October 5, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    David Atkinson of the University of Missouri-Kansas City presents Appointing the Supreme Court: From Truman to Obama.

    During the last 65 years, the appointment of Supreme Court justices has developed into one of the most controversial and divisive constitutional responsibilities of a U.S. president.

  • The award-winning choreographer discusses the Kansas City Ballet’s production of her Splendid Isolation III.
    Jessica Lang: Choreographer
    Monday, October 5, 2009
    Central Library

    Critically acclaimed and award-winning choreographer Jessica Lang presents the first of three programs brought to the Library by the Kansas City Ballet. The series features luminaries in the field of dance and is being held in conjunction with the company's 2009-2010 season.

    Lang will stage a production of her Splendid Isolation III for the Kansas City Ballet's fall performance at the Lyric Theatre, October 15-18. The dance is new and includes music by Gustav Mahler.

  • Artist Glenn Goldberg and art historian Elisabeth Kirsch discuss Goldman’s works and creative process.  Moderated by curator Sean Kelley.
    Lester Goldman: Flights of Fancy Fulfilled
    Friday, October 2, 2009
    Central Library

    Artist Glenn Goldberg and art historian Elisabeth Kirsch will discuss the exhibit Lester Goldman: Flights of Fancy Fulfilled. Sean Kelley, the Library’s volunteer chief curator of art, will moderate the discussion, which complements the Library’s exhibit of Goldman’s paintings and ceramics in the Library’s North Gallery. Many works have never been on public display.

  • Join Crosby Kemper III,  Henry Fortunato, and Bill Worley  as they present video clips and discuss favorite moments from the first season of the new KCPT series
    Meet the Past: Television Series Sneak Peek
    Thursday, October 1, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III, Director of Public Affairs Henry Fortunato, and renowned Kansas City historian Bill Worley host a preview of the Meet the Past television series.

    Kemper, Fortunato, and Worley will present video clips and discuss some of their favorite moments from the first season of the series.

  • As part of the Park University Ethnic Poetry Series, Heid Erdrich  hosts a talk and reading from her latest poetry collection
    Heid Erdrich
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts poet Heid Erdrich for a talk and reading from her latest poetry collection National Monuments, winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. This presentation is a part of the Park University Ethnic Voices Poetry Series.

  • Bestselling author A.J. Jacobs discusses his latest collection of essays – including My Outsourced Life, for which he hired a team of people in Bangalore, India, to answer his e-mails, respond to phone calls, and argue with his wife.
    A.J. Jacobs: The Guinea Pig Diaries
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Experiments in Living

    Bestselling author A.J. Jacobs discusses his newest book The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • The fourth season of the Latino Writers Collective series focuses on the anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, presented by Francisco Aragón, Brenda Cárdenas, and John Olivares Espinoza
    Cuarta Pagina
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009
    Central Library

    On Wednesday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., the Latino Writers Collective presents Cuarta Pagina.

    This event of the writers’ series, in its fourth season, will focus on the anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry and will be presented by its editor, Francisco Aragón, and two of its contributors, Brenda Cárdenas and John Olivares Espinoza.