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Format: 2014-11-20
Format: 2014-11-20
  • Saturdays at Central hosts St. Louis native, Serengeti Steve, or The Reptile Man, as he is known locally, to present his very slithery, creepy-crawly program, The Reptile Experience.
    Saturday, October 9, 2010

    Saturdays at Central hosts St. Louis native Serengeti Steve, or The Reptile Man, to present his very creepy-crawly program, The Reptile Experience.

    Former policeman Steve created the talk while teaching the D.A.R.E. (anti-drug) program. Since his departure from the police force, he has raised more than 50 species of reptiles, some of which he brings to his shows.

  • While   Hollywood is often more captivated by idealized fictional   presidents than actual presidents, this film selection offers cinematic   depictions of both John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.
    Saturday, October 9, 2010
    The Great Debates Revisited
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    Kevin Costner stars as Kennedy aide Kenny O'Donnell, a close advisor who helps President Kennedy and "co-president" Robert Kennedy negotiate the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • Robert Pledge, co-author and curator of Red-Color News Soldier and president of Contact Press Images, talks about China’s Cultural Revolution as seen through the eyes of Li Zhensheng,  photographer.
    Thursday, October 7, 2010

    On Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., author and curator of Red-Color News Soldier, Robert Pledge, presents an account of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution showcasing the photography of Li Zhensheng.

  • Steven Epstein explains how a vaccination intended to help prevent cervical and other cancers became the object of a politically-charged debate about sexuality and morality.
    Thursday, October 7, 2010

    Steven Epstein discusses the politically-charged debate surrounding Gardasil and other vaccines on Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Join Mary Davidson Cohen, Joanne Collins, Monroe Dodd, Anita Gorman, Adele Hall,  Barnett Helzberg, Crosby Kemper III, Bruce Mathews, Doug Weaver, and other co-authors for an extraordinary journey of discovery into Kansas City’s past.
    Wednesday, October 6, 2010

    The Kansas City Public Library marks the launch of a new book, Elmwood Cemetery: Stories of Kansas City, on Wednesday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Author Gwen Cooper tells how a blind kitten named Homer inspired her daily and taught her that love isn’t something you see with your eyes.
    Wednesday, October 6, 2010

    Gwen Cooper already had two cats, financial problems and a broken heart. Yet, when she learned about an abandoned, eyeless kitten, Cooper went to visit him. Today, she is happily married and the kitten, Homer, just celebrated his 13th birthday.

    Armed with PowerPoint to illustrate the cat’s amazing personality, Cooper tells about writing the memoir.

    The event is sponsored by Rainy Day Books.  Autographed books will be available for sale.

  • This second event in a series called The Great Debates  Revisited features a screening of the second presidential debate between  Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by James   Roth
    Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

    The Great Debates Revisited
      • Special Events
      • Book Discussions
      • Film Series
      • Sponsor Infomation

    This second event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the second presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by James Roth.

  • Author Marjorie Agosin discusses her new memoir and explains how the Chilean coup d’état of 1973 proved to be a turning point in the history of Chile as well as in her own life.
    Monday, October 4, 2010

    The Chilean coup d'état of 1973 was a watershed event in the history of Chile. It was also a defining moment in the life of writer Marjorie Agosín. In Of Earth and Sea, she draws upon her experiences as a child in Chile, an expatriate abroad, and a minority Jew—even in the land she calls home—to create a striking portrait of a life of exile.

  • KCPT’s Nick Haines moderates a panel discussion on civility in politics.
    Sunday, October 3, 2010

    In a USA Today poll, 95 percent said civility in politics is essential to a healthy democracy. So why is it so hard to solve problems when people disagree?

  • Father Paisius (David) Altschul discusses the history of Troost Avenue and the creation of the 200 Years on Troost exhibit currently on display at the Central Library.
    Sunday, October 3, 2010

    The curator of the exhibit 200 Years on Troost, Father Paisius (David) Altschul, talks about the avenue's rich history, from Osage Indian trail, to the man who lent it his name, to a bustling 1950s shopping hub, to the turmoil of the 1968 riots.

    Today, it's a community where diversity is appreciated, a new bridge and MAX bus route are being built, and more than 100,000 tulips have been planted. Father Altschul attended high school in the neighborhood and chose to return there to live and work.  He directs Reconciliation Services.