Event Archive

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Format: 2014-09-02
Format: 2014-09-02
  • One day shy of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, Kansas City Southern President and CEO Dave Starling joins Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about KC Southern's role in rebuilding the parallel Panama Canal Railway.
    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    On this date 99 years and 364 days ago, the Panama Canal opened and revolutionized maritime trade.

    It also threw the Panama Railroad and its parallel, 47-mile track into near-disuse and decay – until it was taken over in 1998 and restored by the Panama Canal Railway Company, which is 50 percent owned by Kansas City Southern. The Panama line now provides continuous Atlantic-to-Pacific freight and passenger service.

    Kansas City Southern President and CEO Dave Starling oversaw that rejuvenation during his tenure as president and director general of the Panama Canal Railway from 1999-2008. He sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a conversation coinciding with the 8½-month run of the centennial exhibit on the canal, The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal, at the Linda Hall Library.

  • Historian Paul Jankowski discusses his book about one of history’s greatest and most demanding battlefield encounters,  a 302-day nightmare in northern France that left an estimated 303,000 French and German soldiers dead and more than 400,000 wounded.
    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    At 7 in the morning on February 21, 1916, the ground in northern France began to shake. For the next 10 hours, some 1,200 German guns showered shells on a salient in French lines. The onslaught collapsed dugouts, obliterated trenches, severed communication wires, and drove men mad. The Battle of Verdun had begun.

    Drawing from his book, Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War, Brandeis University historian Paul Jankowski looks back on what became one of history’s greatest and most demanding battlefield encounters – a 302-day nightmare that left an estimated 303,000 French and German soldiers dead and more than 400,000 wounded.

  • John E. Miller discusses his book about how giants of American art, industry, and politics – the likes of Walt Disney, Henry Ford, George Washington Carver, and Ronald Reagan – were nurtured and shaped by their boyhoods in small Midwestern towns.
    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    The Midwest’s small towns have produced the entrepreneurial likes of Henry Ford, George Washington Carver, and Walt Disney; artists and entertainers such as Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Carl Sandburg, and Johnny Carson; and political titans William McKinley, William Jennings Bryan, and Ronald Reagan.

    In a discussion of his new book, Small Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America, author John E. Miller explores the lives of those and other notables and the small-town environments from which they came. In their stories, as Miller tells them, all appear in a new light – unique in their backgrounds and accomplishments, united only in the way their lives reveal the persisting, shaping power of place.

  • Opera Institute performers deliver a semi-staged production of Mozart’s Idomeneo, re di Creta – Italian for Idomeneo, King of Crete – a time-honored opera that historians suggest might have been the composer’s favorite work.
    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    The Kansas City Opera Institute is settling into a second season of classes, workshops, and productions designed to prepare and showcase “the next generation of great performers.”

    Those performers deliver a semi-staged production of Mozart’s Idomeneo, re di Creta — Italian for Idomeneo, King of Crete — a time-honored opera introduced more than 230 years earlier in Munich, Germany. Music historians suggest it might have been Mozart’s favorite work, a classic Greek myth that captures the growing tension of the social and political landscape of the late 18th century while exploring the value of a single human life.

  • On the heels of a summer release of her two latest Joanna Brady books, The Old Blue Line: A Joanna Brady Novella and Remains of Innocence, bestselling mystery and horror author J.A. Jance discusses the series.
    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Best-selling mystery and horror author J.A. Jance introduced Joanna Brady to readers in Desert Heat in 1993. Her fictional Arizona sheriff, first voted into office in place of her murdered husband, has since been featured in 16 more books – among a total of more than 40 that Jance has written.

    On the heels of the summer releases of the latest two entries in the Joanna Brady series, The Old Blue Line: A Joanna Brady Novella and Remains of Innocence, Jance appears at the Library’s Waldo Branch for a discussion of the series.

  • The Opera Institute performs – in English – the cherished Mother Goose fairy tale about a miller and his new pet, a remarkably smart and mischievous talking cat.  Appropriate for preschoolers and up.
    Friday, August 8, 2014

    In its second season, the Kansas City Opera Institute brings the most famous of the Mother Goose fairy tales, Puss in Boots, to the Library.

    It’s the story of a young miller and his new pet, a remarkably smart and mischievous talking cat, which sets off to find his owner riches, romance, and true happiness. Appropriate for preschoolers and up.

  •  In a discussion of his book, The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford, historian John Robert Greene examines Ford’s struggle to restore the prestige of the office amid a host of challenges – starting with the lingering distaste of Richard Nixon’s resignation.
    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    Thrust into the nation’s highest office following Richard Nixon’s resignation, Gerald R. Ford faced the impossible task of achieving much in little time and in the face of great adversity.

    Historian John Robert Greene examines the 38th president’s struggle to restore the prestige of the office — after Nixon’s misdeeds, during an ignominious departure from Vietnam, and amid Congress’ intentions to scale back presidential power — in a discussion of his book, The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford.

  • The Library launches a series of programs commemorating the centennial of the start of World War I with military historian D.M. Giangreco’s look at 34-year-old Army National Guard Capt. Harry S. Truman.
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

    The Library focuses on 34-year-old Army National Guard Capt. Harry S. Truman in launching a series of programs commemorating the centennial of the start of the First World War.

    D. M. Giangreco, author of The Soldier from Independence: A Military History of Harry Truman, shows how, as a field artillery battery commander in World War I, Truman already was making hard decisions that he knew to be right. He once saved a neighboring infantry regiment from a surprise German attack, only to be rebuked by his regimental commander; intervention by Gen. John J. Pershing headed off a career-killing court martial.

  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner Eric Litwin, who has sold 1.5 million Pete the Cat books, offers an interactive, musical introduction to his new series of picture books featuring Nut family members Imma, Hazel, and Wally.
    Saturday, August 2, 2014

    Eric Litwin’s Pete the Cat series has generated sales of 1.5 million books. Now, the children’s author is turning his attention to nuts – a new series of picture books, The Nuts, featuring daughter Hazel, son Wally, and mama Imma.

    Litwin appears at the Library in conjunction with the release of Bedtime at the Nut House. A singer and entertainer as well as a writer, he delivers a fully interactive performance that also will highlight the beloved Pete the Cat. Appropriate for all ages.

    Co-sponsored by Reading Reptile.

  • Kansas City kid rocker Jim Cosgrove returns to the Library with a high-energy, interactive show that will get the whole family swingin’.  Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Kansas City-based kid rocker Jim Cosgrove returns to the Library with a high-energy, interactive show that will get the whole family swingin’.

    Appropriate for all ages.