Event Audio

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.

  • Azar Nafisi: Things I’ve Been Silent About
    Azar Nafisi: Things I’ve Been Silent About
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Iranian Memoirs

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes international bestselling author Azar Nafisi for a presentation based on her new book Things I’ve Been Silent About – the follow-up to the acclaimed Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books – on Wednesday, February 25, at 7 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Stephen Molton: Brothers in Arms
    Stephen Molton: Brothers in Arms
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    The Kennedys & the Castros

    Author Stephen Molton discusses his new book Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder on Wednesday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Writers  at Work: Sam Lipsyte
    Writers at Work: Sam Lipsyte
    Thursday, February 19, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Satire and Comedy: Novels

    Author Sam Lipsyte presents the February talk in the Library’s Writers at Work series on Thursday, February 19, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    The 2008-09 Writers at Work series features writers who will discuss their own work as well as the art of teaching the craft.

  • Jay Mathews: Work Hard, Be Nice
    Thursday, February 19, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Urban Education

    In part two of the What Works in Urban Education series presented by Tom Bloch and the University Academy, Jay Mathews of The Washington Post discusses his book Work Hard, Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created America’s Best Schools.

    The presentation takes place Thursday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Jennifer Weber: Copperheads
    Jennifer Weber: Copperheads
    Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Central Library

    Jennifer Weber, an assistant professor of history at the University of Kansas, discusses her new book Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Wes Jackson: Lincoln and the Homestead Act
    Wes Jackson: Lincoln and the Homestead Act
    Thursday, February 12, 2009
    Central Library

    On the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday, the Library welcomes Dr. Wes Jackson for a discussion titled Lincoln and the Homestead Act: An Attempt at Democracy or Manifest Destiny? on Thursday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Marion Nestle: Red Scare
    Marion Nestle: Red Scare
    Wednesday, February 11, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    The Food We Eat

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts food policy expert Marion Nestle for a presentation called Red Scare: China and the New Global Food System on Wednesday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • A Not So Innocent Abroad: The Travels of Mark Twain
    A Not So Innocent Abroad: The Travels of Mark Twain
    Monday, February 9, 2009
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Public Library celebrates the life and work of Mark Twain with Twain and His Times throughout February 2009. This program complements the Reading Missouri initiative, encouraging patrons to read Missouri writers.

    The series begins with A Not So Innocent Abroad: The Travels of Mark Twain presented by Jane Wood on Monday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Dana Canedy: A Journal for Jordan
    Dana Canedy: A Journal for Jordan
    Wednesday, February 4, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Dana Canedy presents her book, A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor on Wednesday, February 4, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    Equal parts poignant and tragic, A Journal for Jordan serves as a history lesson for a son taught by the father he will never meet.

  • The Evolution of the National Security Council: Truman to Present
    The Evolution of the National Security Council: Truman to Present
    Monday, February 2, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    An expert on national security issues, Dr. D. Robert Worley discusses The Evolution of the National Security Council: Truman to Present on Monday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.