Event Archive

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  • The award-winning journalist  and documentary photographer discusses issues of labor,  immigration, and international politics
    Friday, September 18, 2009

    On Friday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., award-winning journalist and documentary photographer David Bacon will discuss the issues of labor, immigration, and international politics.

    A reporter and documentary photographer for almost 20 years, Bacon was also a labor organizer for unions in which immigrant workers made up a large percentage of the membership.

  • Author Tracy Daugherty discusses his new biography of the man who revolutionized the short story in the first event of the 2009-10 Writers at Work series
    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    Author Tracy Daugherty discusses Hiding Man, his new biography of Donald Barthelme, on Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

    Barthelme, who came to prominence as the leader of the postmodern movement, was a fixture at The New Yorker, publishing more than 100 short stories, but he is best-known for his classic novels Snow White and The Dead Father.

  • Scholar David Vine tells the story of one of the most strategically important and secretive U.S. military installations outside the United States
    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    David Vine, an assistant professor of anthropology at American University, presents his book Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. The presentation takes place on Thursday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Walter Schroeder examines the history and lasting value of this reference guide to Missouri
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009

    Walter Schroeder leads an examination of The WPA Guide to Missouri on Wednesday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Award-winning journalist Jeff Benedict shares the story of Susette Kelo, the woman whose quest to save her house landed her in the center of a national debate on eminent domain.
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Legal Battles: David vs. Goliath

    Award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict discusses his new book Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, presents his scathing thesis on how conservatives ruined government, enriched themselves, and beggared the nation
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Contemporary Conservatism

    Thomas Frank, the author of the bestseller What’s the Matter with Kansas?, presents the revised paperback edition of his book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Get behind the wheel with author Tom Vanderbilt as he discusses how traffic works, who is most most likely to honk at whom, and what our driving says about us.
    Monday, September 14, 2009
    Recommended reading:
    Books on Traffic & Driving

    Author Tom Vanderbilt discusses his new book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do on Monday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this film series concentrates on the Mexican films of Luis Buñuel
    Sunday, September 13, 2009

    The rich and drunken widower Ramiro allows his family to exploit him – except for his outraged brother Gregorio, who convinces his relatives that Ramiro is ruined and that the family must work to survive. Considered Luis Buñuel’s first comeback film since L’Age d’Or. In Spanish with English subtitles. Not Rated. (90 min.)

  • Four classic folk tales featuring a trickster spider who sometimes gets tricked himself
    Saturday, September 12, 2009

    On Saturday, September 12, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Saturdays at Central features Paul Mesner Puppets presenting Anansi Returns.

  • Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn unfold the stories of Polish Holocaust survivors and their rescuers during one of the most inhumane times in world history
    Thursday, September 10, 2009

    During one of the most inhumane times in world history, Adolph Hitler’s attempt to murder all of Europe’s Jews almost succeeded. Chief among the reasons that the savage goal fell short was the work of brave non-Jews who sheltered their fellow citizens. On Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., authors Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn present the stories of everyday heroes from their book They Were Just People.

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