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  • In celebration of Black History Month, Hugh Merrill leads an interactive workshop for children ages 8-12 that focuses on the work of renowned artist Romare Bearden. The event complements the exhibit Divergent Consistencies II.
    Sunday, February 13, 2011

    In celebration of Black History Month, children ages 8-12 are invited to learn about renowned artist Romare Bearden.

    Artist Hugh Merrill leads the interactive workshop, and assists attendees with creating individual collages about their own lives. Supplies will be provided. The event complements Merrill’s exhibit, Divergent Consistencies II, on display in the Guldner and North galleries of the Central Library.

  • Enjoy a full scale theater event presenting Greek Mythology as you’ve never seen it before! This fast-paced, free-wheeling play is wild, silly, and a complete blast for tweens and young adults.
    Friday, February 11, 2011

    The Coterie Theatre’s Olympiaganza is a full-scale theater event for kids presenting Greek mythology. This fast-paced, free-wheeling play is wild, silly, and a complete blast for tweens and young adults.

    The Coterie is among the top five theaters serving families and young audiences in the United States, according to TIME magazine. The Coterie plays a vital role in the greater Kansas City area developing new generations of audiences for the performing arts.

  • Historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses Genghis Khan, ruler of the Mongol Empire and leader of the Mongol invasions of Eurasia.
    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the military accomplishments of Genghis Khan, ruler of the Mongol Empire and leader of the Mongol invasions of Eurasia.

    The Mongol invasions resulted in the conquest of most of Eurasia and made the Mongol Empire the largest contiguous empire in history.

    The event is the third in the Great Commanders series, held on the second Thursday of each month through June 2011.

  • Ken Gormley, dean of the Duquesne University School of Law, discusses one of the most polarizing political scandals in American history,  the investigation and subsequent impeachment of President  Bill Clinton.
    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Ken Gormley, dean of the Duquesne University School of Law, discusses one of the most polarizing political scandals in American history, the investigation and subsequent impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

    In his new book The Death of American Virtue, Gormley chronicles the events leading up to the trial, from Ken Starr’s investigation, through Paula Jones’ sexual harassment suit, to the Monica Lewinsky affair. The book features never-before-released evidence from lawyers, and exclusive interviews with key players.

  • Authors Chris Bohjalian and Caroline Leavitt discuss the writing life and their latest books, Bohjalian’s Secrets of Eden and Leavitt’s Pictures of You.
    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    Authors Chris Bohjalian and Caroline Leavitt discuss the writing life and their recent books.

    Bohjalian will discuss Secrets of Eden, the story of a young married couple found dead in their home the morning after their baptism into a Vermont Baptist Church and the quest to discover what really happened to them.

  • Fox 4 News Film Critic  Shawn Edwards and KCUR’s Jabulani Leffall discuss factors  contributing to the decline of  the black film industry.
    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    Film critic Shawn Edwards is joined by radio personality Jabulani Leffall for a discussion of the global impact of black films and the steady decline of the black film industry. Factors such as persistent DVD bootlegs and a lack of box-office support for positive portrayals of the black community contribute to this worsening climate.

  • Simeon Wright discusses the 1955 kidnapping of his then 14-year-old cousin Emmett Till and explains what life was like for his family before, during, and after the trial.
    Tuesday, February 8, 2011

    Simeon Wright discusses the 1955 kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till and explains what life was like before, during, and after the trial.

    Wright saw and heard his cousin Emmett Till whistle at Caroline Bryant at a grocery store; he was sleeping in the same bed with him when her husband came in and took Emmett away; and he was at the sensational trial.

    Wright is the author of a new book about the abduction and trial, Simeon’s Story, in which he attempts to clear up lingering misconceptions.

  • The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents landmark modern plays about Big Ideas, such as the subtle equation of American identity or the science that makes energy from exploding relationships.   Copenhagen
    Sunday, February 6, 2011
    Physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg — teacher and student, respectively — helped define the theoretical limits of the modern age. In Copenhagen, the two are reunited after death to share differing accounts of a mysterious meeting in 1941 as both men led competing nuclear arms programs. Best known for Noises Off, playwright Michael Frayn gives a surprising emotional charge to discussions ranging from quantum mechanics to the ambiguity of human memory and the fate of mankind in the atomic age.
  • This annual film series takes on a new theme – Marriage and Family: Under the Surface, offering probing films and expert discussions of how celluloid gets under our skin – and into our psyche.   Far From Heaven (2002)
    Sunday, February 6, 2011

    This annual series offers probing films paired with discussions featuring cinematic and psychoanalytic experts, including psychologist Barbara Baer and KCAI assistant professor Julie Farstad on February 6 followed by UMKC visiting assistant professor Mitch Brian and mental health counselor Deana Schuplin on February 20.

    Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center.

  • As part of the second annual Kansas City Design Week, a multi-disciplinary panel of design professionals showcases the breadth and potential of the craft to those aspiring to a career in the industry.
    Saturday, February 5, 2011

    As part of the second annual Kansas City Design Week, a multi-disciplinary panel of design professionals will showcase the breadth and potential of the craft to those aspiring to a career in the industry.

    Aside from inspiring and informing the audience about design professions, the panel will offer a resource packet, outline aptitudes, interests, and skills needed, as well as discuss post-secondary educational routes to design professions.

    Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Design Alliance.