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  • 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.

  • Kansas City native and New York Times reporter Joe Drape draws an inspiring portrait of an extraordinary high school football team whose quest for perfection sustains its hometown in the heartland
    Joe Drape: Our Boys
    Monday, August 24, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    High School Football

    Kansas City native Joe Drape presents his book, Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen, on Monday, August 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Eli Paul discusses the role marketing played in shaping American public opinion during World War I
    Eli Paul: Art and Advertising as Tools of War
    Thursday, August 20, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    War & Visual Media

    National World War I Museum Vice President of Museum Programs Eli Paul discusses the role marketing, and specifically printed posters, played in shaping public opinion during World War I on Thursday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • The local civil rights activist explains how using the library helped his fight to persuade Congress to enact the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act into law
    Alvin Sykes: The Pursuit of Justice for Emmett Till
    Thursday, July 16, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Emmett Till

    Local civil rights activist Alvin Sykes discusses his incredible journey from high school dropout to law-making crusader against one of the 20th century’s most heinous crimes, the murder of Emmett Till, on Thursday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • True-crime blogger Laura James tells the story of a tumultuous Kansas City relationship described as "a ruthless mixture of sex and greed ending inevitably in bloody violence"
    Laura James: The Love Pirate and the Bandit's Son
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    True Crime

    On Wednesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., true-crime blogger Laura James tells the story of sex, deceit, money, and murder when she discusses her book The Love Pirate and the Bandit's Son: Murder, Sin, and Scandal in the Shadow of Jesse James.

  • Astronomer, astrophysicist and five-time astronaut Dr. Steven Hawley gives a presentation to complement the exhibit Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery
    Steven Hawley: Galileo, Apollo, and Beyond
    Tuesday, July 7, 2009
    Central Library

    Related exhibit:
    Visions of the Universe

    Related films:
    Cinema Across the Universe

    Participate in the International Year of Astronomy when Dr. Steven Hawley—astronomer, astrophysicist and astronaut—presents Galileo, Apollo, and Beyond on Tuesday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.