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.

  • 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.

  • Nancy Goldstein: Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman  Cartoonist
    Nancy Goldstein: Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist
    Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Central Library
    Related Reading:
    Women in Art & Comics

    On Thursday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Nancy Goldstein discusses her biography Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist.

  • Painting Missouri: Billyo O’Donnell and Karen Glines
    Painting Missouri: Billyo O’Donnell and Karen Glines
    Wednesday, January 28, 2009
    Central Library
    Related Reading:
    Art in Missouri

    Artist Billyo O’Donnell and author Karen Glines present an illustrated talk about the Painting Missouri Exhibit and their book Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air on Wednesday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • What Works in Urban Education: Eric Hanushek
    Tom Bloch and University Academy Present: What Works in Urban Education
    Thursday, January 22, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Related Reading:
    Urban Education

    Tom Bloch, author of Stand for the Best and co-founder of Kansas City’s University Academy, and the school partner with the Kansas City Public Library to host a series of thought-provoking presentations by national experts titled What Works in Urban Education.

    The first talk in this series features Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a leading expert on educational policy specializing in the economics and finance of schools. The presentation takes place on Thursday, January 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • William Graebner: Patty’s Got a Gun
    William Graebner: Patty’s Got a Gun
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009
    Central Library
    Related Reading:
    1970's America

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts author William Graebner for a presentation based on his latest book, Patty’s Got a Gun: Patricia Hearst in 1970s America, on Wednesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.