Event Archive

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Format: 2016-08-24
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  • Preeminent historian Robert Dallek examines why some presidents succeed and others don’t by zeroing in on the vision, pragmatism, and charisma of leaders from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan.
    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    Offering the keynote address for this year’s series on the American presidency, presidential scholar Robert Dallek examines why some presidents succeed and others don’t by zeroing in on such determinants as vision, pragmatism, charisma, trust, consensus, and luck.

  • Carol Inge Hockett examines how artists reacted to the horrors of World War I with the Dada movement that rejected the old norms and paved the way for modern art.
    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    Art educator Carol Inge Hockett examines how artists reacted to the values-shattering horrors of World War I with Dadism, an artistic/political movement that rejected the old norms of painting, literature, drama, and music. Rejecting bourgeois values, the Dadists embraced nontraditional forms such as collage, photomontage, assemblage, and “readymades” (everyday objects displayed as art).

  • Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages. Parents are invited to participate with their children.
    Sunday, March 11, 2012

    The Kansas City Public Library invites children and parents to be part of monthly interactive story times presented by the Coterie Theatre. Theatre artists read from their favorite children's books while audience members enjoy an opportunity to "jump into the story" on stage.

  • The Kansas City Public Library,  in partnership with the Mid-Continent Public Library and the Local Investment Commission (LINC), hosts the 2012 Jackson County Spelling Bee.
    Saturday, March 10, 2012

    The Kansas City Public Library, in partnership with the Mid-Continent Public Library and the Local Investment Commission host the 2012 Jackson County Spelling Bee. The winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

  • Friday Night Family Fun and the Westport Center for the Arts present Darby O’Gill and the Little People for a fun night of Irish tales of Leprechauns and Luck.
    Friday, March 9, 2012

    Friday Night Family Fun gets into the St. Patty’s Day spirit with Darby O’Gill and the Little People. This interactive Reader’s Theater event features wild Irish tales of Darby O’Gill and his side-splitting battles of wit with Leprechauns.

    All ages are welcome for this fun-filled night of Irish storytelling.

    Co-sponsored by the Westport Center for the Arts.

  • Author Philip White examines Churchill’s 1946 address at Fulton, Missouri, and explains how it alerted a war-weary West to Communism’s growing control of Eastern Europe.
    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Winston Churchill’s 1946 speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, warned that Communism was on the march. Historian Philip White relates how the address – encouraged and attended by Harry S. Truman – was met with skepticism but came to be seen as a Cold War prophecy.

  • 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.

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