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Format: 2014-04-16
Format: 2014-04-16
  • Meet the Past: President Harry S. Truman
    Tuesday, April 28, 2009

    Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews President Harry S. Truman, portrayed by Ray Starzmann, as part of the Library’s Meet the Past series on Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Lynne Olson: Troublesome Young Men
    Monday, April 27, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Winston Churchill: 10 Recent Books

    Author and historian Lynne Olson discusses her new book Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England on Monday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Monique Laney: How German Rocket Engineers Became Americans in Huntsville, Alabama
    Sunday, April 26, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    The Space Race:
    10 Biographies

    On Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Monique Laney, the 2008 recipient of the Richard and Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities, presents a talk titled How German Rocket Engineers Became Americans in Huntsville, Alabama.

  • Churchill and Ireland
    Saturday, April 25, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Winston Churchill: 10 Recent Books

    Neil Fleming, the Fulbright-Robertson visiting professor of British history at Westminster College, presents a talk titled Churchill and Ireland on Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  •  Home > A Tribute to Kansas City History, As Told Through Walt Bodine A Tribute to Kansas City History, As Told Through Walt Bodine
    Friday, April 24, 2009

    On Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m., the Walt Bodine Show, featuring the Kansas City radio icon, will broadcast live from the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. 

    Bodine and special guest host and noted local radio personality, Chuck Haddix, will discuss recently re-discovered interviews conducted by Bodine with notable figures such as Robert F. Kennedy, Werner von Braun, Kansas City Mayor Ilus Davis, and many more.

  • Dalton Conley: Elsewhere, U.S.A.
    Thursday, April 23, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Technology & Society

    Author Dalton Conley discusses his latest book Elsewhere, U.S.A.: How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, BlackBerry Moms, and Economic Anxiety on Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • The Forked Tongue: Truth and Fiction in Old School
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Old School Related Reading

    A National Endowment for the Arts initiative, The Big Read returns to Kansas City in April 2009 to bring readers the Tobias Wolff novel Old School.

  • Wendy Kopp: One Day, All Children
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    Recommended reading:
    Teach for America

    Tom Bloch and the University Academy have joined the Kansas City Public Library to host a series of thought-provoking presentations by national experts titled What Works in Urban Education.

    Teach For America Founder and Chief Executive Wendy Kopp discusses her book One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way on Tuesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Arthur Sullivan the Composer: Hack or Genius?
    Monday, April 20, 2009

    Eugene Butler presents Arthur Sullivan the Composer: Hack or Genius? on Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    Eugene Butler is a Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild volunteer speaker and a local composer.

    This program is being held in conjunction with Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of The Pirates of Penzance.

  • Quindaro Underground Railroad: A Unique Ethnic Unity in America's Past
    Sunday, April 19, 2009

    From its start in 1857, the Quindaro township—in present-day Wyandotte County—was an unabashedly free-state community surrounded by pro-slavery sympathizers. Amid this conflict, Quindaro residents forged a community based on multi-ethnic collaboration—a model for ethnic solidarity today. The unique personalities that combined to create the Quindaro Underground Railroad also bridged a seemingly insurmountable political gap with the pro-slavery town of Parkville, Missouri.