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Format: 2016-08-24
Format: 2016-08-24
  • Maurice Stevens and Robin Wright of Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity examine implicit bias – unconscious attitudes or stereotypes based on race, nationality, and other characteristics affecting our judgments about others.
    Monday, April 25, 2016

    Everyone is susceptible to implicit bias – unconscious attitudes or stereotypes that affect judgments about others based on their race, ethnicity, appearance, and other characteristics. Research into this vital area of social cognition has drawn increased interest in the wake of racially charged events in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore.

  • The Library devotes its 2016 series of Script-in-Hand stage performances to Shakespeare, coinciding with a June exhibit featuring a rare, nearly 400-year- old First Folio – the first printed collection of the Bard’s plays.
    Sunday, April 24, 2016

    The Library continues its 10th season of Script-in-Hand performances and more than six months of special programming surrounding one of the cultural events of the year – an exhibit featuring a rare, nearly four-centuries-old First Folio collection of Shakespeare’s plays.

    The first Tony Award winner for best musical (in 1949), this masterful play-within-a-play follows a troupe of actors performing the Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew while dealing with their own personal lives off stage. Cole Porter provided the music and lyrics, including such standards as So in Love; Too Darn Hot; and Another Op’nin, Another Show.

  • Paris-born engineer Octave Chanute left a sizable imprint on Kansas City, building the Hannibal Bridge and laying out the Stockyards in the West Bottoms. Local historian and re-enactor Bill Nicks tells his fascinating story in the first person.
    Sunday, April 24, 2016

    Octave Chanute can be considered a Kansas City hero. The young, Paris-born engineer built the Hannibal Bridge, which opened in 1869 and kick-started the small, river town into a Midwest railroad metropolis. He laid out the Stockyards in the West Bottoms and the new Johnson County town of Lenexa. When he became passionate in later years about human flight, his research drew the attention of the Wright brothers.

  • Theatre of the Imagination Director Miles McMahon makes reading come to life, employing classic stories, funny folk tales, charming poems, and audience participation.   Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, April 22, 2016

    Theatre of the Imagination Director Miles McMahon makes reading come to life, energizing kids with his highly engaging renditions of children’s literature new and old. He employs classic stories, funny folk tales, charming poems, and audience participation. All ages.

  • Ohio University’s Alonzo Hamby takes an unflinching look at our 32nd president, making the case that his record was more mixed than generally perceived, in a discussion of his book Man of Destiny: FDR and the Making of the American Century.
    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    When The Washington Post asked 162 political science scholars earlier this year which American president should be added to Mount Rushmore, their overwhelming favorite was Franklin Roosevelt.

    But historian Alonzo Hamby makes a case that FDR’s record was more mixed than generally perceived. While a great politician and war leader, his signature New Deal failed to achieve its goal of reviving the nation’s economy, in part due to Roosevelt’s hostility toward the business and financial communities.

  • Former Granta editor John Freeman joins Writers at Work series organizer Whitney Terrell in a discussion of Freeman’s new literary magazine Freeman’s and anthology Freeman’s Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York.
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Award-winning writer, critic, and editor John Freeman launched the year’s most anticipated literary magazine, the biannual Freeman’s, in September 2015, making it a home for exceptional new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from both established and up-and-coming writers.

    The former editor of the venerable British publication Granta and president of the National Book Critics Circle joins local novelist and Writers at Work series organizer Whitney Terrell in a public conversation about the new venture. They also discuss Freeman’s Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York, an anthology of pieces by 30 major contemporary writers recently released in paperback.

  • In a discussion of his illuminating book on Pope Francis, BBC reporter and leading Vatican authority David Willey spotlights a man who has inspired – and occasionally irritated – his global flock in three years as head of the Catholic Church.
    Monday, April 18, 2016

    Beset by sex crimes and cover-ups, financial scandal, declining membership, and the stunning resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church turned three years ago to a man of humility, benevolence, and uncommon candor. Pope Francis has proven to be a dynamic choice; enchanting, entertaining, and occasionally outraging his global flock in both word and deed.

  • The Library and the UMKC English Department present a series of screenings and discussions of some of the best treatments of Shakespeare on film. Richard II (2012, TV)
    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    Hollywood has adapted, sampled, and stolen from William Shakespeare for more than a century – seeing his works as a source of prestige as soon as the commercial possibilities of narrative movies were apparent. The Ciné Shakespeare series features four of the best films featuring the Bard or his works in the past 20 years. Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduces the selections and leads a discussion after each Sunday afternoon screening.

    Ben Whishaw, whom you may know as Q in the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, stars as the titular Richard. Patrick Stewart, Clémence Poésy, and Rory Kinnear also appear in this first of four films in the BBC’s series of adaptations of Shakespeare histories, The Hollow Crown.

  • Saturday, April 16, 2016

    What better way to celebrate Shakespeare than by getting into character?

    SHAKESperience, a hands-on workshop conducted by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, lends participants an opportunity to immerse in the Bard’s plays. The two-hour session focuses on text analysis, acting techniques pertinent to Shakespeare, improvisation, and the art of stage combat.

  • In advance of the annual  Middle of the Map Fest, the Library’s Real/Modern series gathers notable music personalities – including selected festival performers – to explore Kansas City’s diverse and flourishing music scene.
    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    Participating in the conversation are several notable local music personalities: Katy Guillen (of the band Katy Guillen and the Girls), Steve Tulipana (co-owner of popular music venue RecordBar), Michelle Bacon (freelance music writer and member of several area bands including The Philistines), and Chris Haghirian (co-founder of Middle of the Map Fest and host of 90.9 FM The Bridge’s Eight One Sixty).

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