Event Archive

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  • Award-winning author Mariko Nagai discusses her new collection of short stories based on Japanese folk tales and history.
    Monday, May 16, 2011

    Award-winning author Mariko Nagai shares the sources of inspiration for her new book, Georgic: Stories, including Japanese folk tales and history.

  • Jorge Climaco, a native of the Mexican state of Oaxaca who now lives in the Kansas City area, presents a family program on the beloved Zapotec folk story.
    Monday, May 16, 2011

    Jorge Climaco, a native of the Mexican state of Oaxaca who now lives in the Kansas City area, presents a family program on the beloved Zapotec folk story, The Rabbit and the Coyote. Using slides of illustrations by Francisco Toledo, the most important contemporary living artist in Mexico, Climaco tells the tale of how the rabbit outsmarted the coyote – which is why coyotes always look up at the moon.

  • Author Bonar Menninger discusses his new book about the massive EF-5 tornado that on June 8, 1966, cut a 22-mile swath across eastern Kansas before smashing through Topeka.
    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    On June 8, 1966, a massive EF-5 tornado cut a 22-mile swath across eastern Kansas before smashing through Topeka.

    Author Bonar Menninger recounts the events of that tragic day in his new book, And Hell Followed With It, for which he interviewed dozens of survivors to construct a tightly woven narrative that conveys in gut-wrenching detail what it’s like when nature careens out of control.

  • In association with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, re-enactors and historians take a stroll through the 1860s wearing clothing of the free and enslaved, civilian and military, North and South.
    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    In association with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, re-enactors and historians will participate in an 1860s-themed fashion show. The will wear clothing of the free and enslaved, civilian and military, North and South. Kandice Walker, director of the John Wornall House, joins with other experts to discuss the significance of the apparel.

  • Jorge Climaco, a native of the Mexican state of Oaxaca who now lives in the Kansas City area, presents a family program on the beloved Zapotec folk story.
    Saturday, May 14, 2011

    Jorge Climaco, a native of the Mexican state of Oaxaca who now lives in the Kansas City area, presents a family program on the beloved Zapotec folk story, The Rabbit and the Coyote. Using slides of illustrations by Francisco Toledo, the most important contemporary living artist in Mexico, Climaco tells the tale of how the rabbit outsmarted the coyote – which is why coyotes always look up at the moon.

  • Historian John Curatola of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the military career of Curtis LeMay, the man credited with an effective, but controversial, incendiary bombing campaign during World War II.
    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    John Curatola of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the military career of General Curtis LeMay.

  • Local contemporary painter and sculptor Lynus Young will discuss the creative process behind his exhibit, Vapor DEVA, which is on display in the Central Library’s Guldner Gallery.
    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    Area artist Lynus Young discusses his show, Vapor DEVA, on display in the Guldner Gallery at the Central Library through June 19, 2011.

    Young’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Germany, and Japan, and is among the permanent collections of the New York Public Library, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College.

    The artist will attend a pre-event reception, giving the audience an opportunity to learn more about his work.

  • Award-winning author Leo Damrosch discusses his book on Alexis de Tocqueville, who helped define a fledgling nation by writing about his nine-month tour of America in the 1830s.
    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    Award-winning author Leo Damrosch discusses his new biography, Tocqueville’s Discovery of America.

  • Urban forestry advocate David Nowak discusses planning efforts to advance an urban and community forest plan in Kansas City.
    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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    Urban forestry advocate David Nowak discusses planning efforts to advance an urban and community forest plan in Kansas City.

    Nowak is a project leader for the Forestry Service at the Northeast Forest Research Station, where he has developed modeling software to quantify the benefits of urban trees – in terms of energy conservation and the impact on ground-level ozone.

  • The Guldner Gallery completes its 2011 series of exhibits that feature local talent with the artwork of Lynus Young, a painter and sculptor who works evoke an archeological dig of a lost landscape.
    Saturday, May 7, 2011

    The Guldner Gallery at the Central Library completes its 2011 series of exhibitions that feature local talent with the artwork of Lynus Young.

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