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  • University of Kansas historian Shawn Leigh Alexander looks at the forgotten men and women who in the late 19th century took up the cause of civil rights for African Americans.
    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Historian Shawn Leigh Alexander looks at the forgotten men and women who in the late 19th century took up the cause of civil rights for African Americans. Creating groups such as the Afro-American League, the Afro-American Council, the Niagara Movement, the Constitution League, and the Committee of Twelve, these pioneers developed the methodology of boycotts, propaganda, lobbying, and moral suasion that would bear fruit only long after they had passed on.

    Alexander is an assistant professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas.

  • A screening of the documentary The Power of Two is followed by a panel discussion including the film’s two subjects - twin sisters born with cystic fibrosis who have not only survived but thrived thanks to lung transplants.
    Monday, March 5, 2012

    The documentary The Power of Two follows “Ana” and “Isa” Stenzel, twins born with cystic fibrosis who beat the odds to not only survive but thrive. Saved by lung transplants, the siblings now run half marathons, climb mountains, and work to improve access to transplant opportunities around the world.

    Ana and Isa Stenzel will participate in a panel discussion following the screening.

  • The creators of The Phantom Tollbooth discuss their 1961 book, hailed as both a classic of children’s literature and as a modern fairy tale capable of engaging readers of all ages. A book and print signing follows.
    Saturday, March 3, 2012

    Jewish Community Center
    5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park
    RSVP: 913.327.8000

    Published in 1961, The Phantom Tollbooth was quickly heralded as both a classic of children’s literature and as a modern fairy tale capable of seducing readers of all ages. Fifty years later it’s as delightful as ever. Writer Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer share stories about the creation of their landmark book and answer questions from the audience.

  • Design professionals talk with area high school students about careers in a field where they can solve problems, communicate, make people comfortable, and add beauty and fun to all of our lives.
    Saturday, March 3, 2012

    Area high school students and their families receive an eyeful and an earful about design careers at the 2012 Design Futures High School Program.

    This combined panel discussion/college fair is aimed at young people considering a future in the field. Design professionals talk about their specialties and representatives of colleges, universities, art schools, and design organizations hand out literature and answer questions.

    The event is part of KC Design Week running Feb. 29 to March 7.

  • Area composers Forrest Pierce, Robert Pherigo, Ian Coleman, and Ingrid Stolzel discuss the enduring beauty and power of choral works and the importance of performing locally-composed music.
    Friday, March 2, 2012

    A panel of area composers discusses the enduring beauty and power of choral music. The next day – Saturday, March 3 – their latest works will premiere in a concert by Kansas City vocal ensemble Octarium at 7:30 p.m. at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St.

    The March 3 concert is a spin-off of the “locavore” trend that encourages people to eat locally-grown food. In that spirit, Octarium seeks to perform locally-composed music.

  • Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with Edgar Snow, as portrayed by actor Robert Gibby Brand, on the Lyric Opera set for Nixon in China.
    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with Edgar Snow, as portrayed by actor Robert Gibby Brand, on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7 p.m. on the Lyric Opera set for Nixon in China in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Historian Amity Shlaes finds hopeful lessons in the presidency of Calvin Coolidge, who left office with a smaller federal budget than when he came in.
    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    President Calvin Coolidge gets a bad rap, says author Amity Shlaes, who notes that under his leadership the economy grew at a rate of four percent annually, taxation was low, and the budget was balanced.

  • Rebecca Solnit offers a guided tour of the Bay Area through her latest book, Infinite City, which reinvents the traditional atlas, expanding it from a mere collection of maps to a vibrant depiction of a city’s inner life.
    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Rebecca Solnit offers a guided tour of the Bay Area through her latest book, Infinite City, which reinvents the traditional atlas, expanding it from a mere collection of maps to a vibrant depiction of a city’s inner life.

  • Award-winning novelist and short story writer Jim Shepard reads from his works and dicusses his craft with Angela Elam of the New Letters on the Air radio program.
    Monday, February 27, 2012

    Angela Elam, host of the New Letters on the Air radio program, conducts a public conversation with novelist and short story writer Jim Shepard as part of the 2012 Writers at Work series.

    Shepard has written six novels and four collections of stories including Like You’d Understand, Anyway, which won the Story Prize and was nominated for a National Book Award. He teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

  • The Kansas City Public Library presents the sixth season of  Script-in-Hand, with the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre returning for a series of plays that feature some of the most compelling female leads in drama.
    Sunday, February 26, 2012

    The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre continues the sixth season of Script-in-Hand performances with Terrence McNally’s Master Class. The 2012 series, Women of the Years, features some of the most compelling female leads in drama.

    This confrontational drama portrays opera diva Maria Callas as she conducts abusive one-on-one singing lessons with promising young students who are quickly disillusioned by their interactions with the once-great star.

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