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Format: 2014-07-24
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  • Newsweek correspondent Richard Wolffe offers a detailed and nuanced account of President Barack Obama’s campaign and first 100 days in office
    Wednesday, September 9, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts author and journalist Richard Wolffe for a discussion of his latest book Renegade: The Making of a President on Wednesday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • American Studies scholar Norman Yetman offers an in-depth look at these oral histories and traces their influence in popular culture
    Thursday, September 3, 2009

    American Studies scholar Norman Yetman presents Voices from Slavery: The Federal Writers’ Project Slave Narrative Collection on Thursday, September 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.  

  • Experience what one critic calls “pure sonic entertainment, lifting us all to a higher plane”
    Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    The Second International Conference on Minimalist Music, in conjunction with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, presents composer and artist Mikel Rouse in a discussion and screening of his films Funding (2001) and Music for Minorities (2004) on Wednesday, September 2, at 7 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Historian Jerrold Hirsch examines the lasting cultural value derived from the Federal Writers’ Project
    Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    Historian Jerrold Hirsch leads a presentation called Portrait of America: A Cultural History of the Federal Writers' Project, examining the lasting value derived from this government program on Wednesday, September 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Be a part of the final KCPT taping of Meet the Past as the director of the Kansas City Public Library interviews the famous (and infamous) abolitionist
    Tuesday, September 1, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    John Brown: Abolitionist

    Production for the Meet the Past television series concludes in September with a final program taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air in prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.

  • Set designer R. Keith Brumley presents his set designs for the upcoming production of Tosca and discusses how he approaches the design of grandiose sets in times of budgetary constraints.
    Monday, August 31, 2009

    The At Ease with Opera series returns to the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., in August with two programs focusing on the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s September production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.

    Tosca is one of Puccini’s most popular operas, ranking eighth on Opera America’s 2008 list of the 20 most-performed operas in North America.

    Set in Rome during the Napoleonic Wars, Puccini’s dramatic music helps tell the story of a political game of cat-and-mouse.

  • The panel, facilitated by attorney and UMKC alumna Angela Bennett, features cross-generational, multi-ethnic  discussion addressing the place  of feminism in the lives of women of color
    Sunday, August 30, 2009

    The Truman Legacy series returns to The Kansas City Public Library, featuring Sam Rushay and Tom Gerend as they examine Harry Truman the Road Builder: A Look Forward from 1920 to 2040 on Sunday, August 30, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • International architecture critic Ulf Meyer analyzes Asian mega-cities such as Beijing, Taipei, Tokyo, and Jakarta.
    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes architecture critic Ulf Meyer to discuss Cities of the Pacific Century on Thursday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    Meyer will discuss his experiences touring prominent Asian mega-cities—such as Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, and Jakarta—that have given rise to the notion of the 21st century as "The Century of the Pacific."

  • The panel, facilitated by attorney and UMKC alumna Angela Bennett, features cross-generational, multi-ethnic  discussion addressing the place  of feminism in the lives of women of color
    Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    The Women’s Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in conjunction with the Kansas City Public Library and UMKC’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, presents the panel discussion Women, Girls, Ladies: Continuing the Conversation on Wednesday, August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street.

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with the Kansas City-born musician who was instrumental in the development of bebop and became one of the most well-known jazz artists in America
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Charlie Parker: Jazz Icon

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in August with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air in prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.

    Meet the Past features Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by local actors and veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.