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Format: 2014-04-23
Format: 2014-04-23
  • Author Robert Rebein discusses his new book about growing up in, leaving, and returning to Dodge City, Kansas, the iconic cowboy town molded both by its Old West heritage and a New West reality.
    Sunday, August 4, 2013

    Author Robert Rebein explores what it means to grow up in, leave, and ultimately return to the iconic Western town of Dodge City in a discussion of his new book.

    The essays that make up Dragging Wyatt Earp range from memoir to reportage to revisionist history. Rebein contrasts his hometown’s Old West heritage with a New West reality that includes salvage yards, beefpacking plants, and bored teenagers cruising up and down Wyatt Earp Boulevard.

  • Architectural historian and preservation consultant Cydney Millstein looks at the history of the old TWA Building and the 2006 conversion of the Crossroads landmark into the home of the Barkley advertising agency.
    Sunday, August 4, 2013

    Architectural historian & preservation consultant Cydney Millstein examines how the TWA Headquarters Building at 18th and Main streets became the home for the Barkley advertising agency. Millstein is the founder and principal of Architectural & Historic Research, LLC, the oldest cultural resources consulting firm in Missouri. She is co-author of Houses of Missouri, 1870-1940.

  • After five weeks of drama classes the participants in the Young Actors Workshop need an audience. Enjoy comedic and dramatic performances by children ages 3-17 taught by theatre instructor John Mulvey. Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, August 2, 2013

    After five weeks of drama classes the participants in the Young Actors Workshop need an audience.

    Enjoy comedic and dramatic performances by children ages 3-17 taught by theatre instructor John Mulvey, who holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • Curator Stephanie Fox Knappe  explores the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s new exhibit of Mexican art.
    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    Over decades, Mexican film producer Jacque Gelman and his wife, Natasha Gelman, built one of the world’s most significant private collections of Mexican art.

    Now the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Stephanie Fox Knappe explores their treasure trove in a talk complementing the museum’s exhibit Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection on display through August 18, 2013.

  • Educator Kate Walsh and Library director Crosby Kemper III hold a public conversation about a controversial new report faulting America’s colleges for being part of “an industry of mediocrity” churning out first-year teachers with inadequate knowledge and classroom management skills.
    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    Library director Crosby Kemper III holds a public conversation with NCTQ President Kate Walsh about the recently released Teacher Prep Review: A Review of the Nation’s Teacher Prep Programs.

    Once the world leader in education, the United States has slipped well into the middle of the pack. While there is no shortage of causes for America’s educational decline - budget cutbacks, poverty, crowded classrooms, and shorter school years – a prime culprit is teacher education, according to a major new study by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).

  • Veteran Kansas City TV reporter  Bev Chapman screens and discusses her new documentary about Nawang Gombu, who became the first man to twice scale Mount Everest, re-imagined mountaineering, and has championed Sherpa culture.
    Sunday, July 28, 2013

    Bev Chapman screens and discusses her new documentary about Nawang Gombu, who became the first man to twice scale Mount Everest, pioneered a safer style of mountaineering in the Himalayas, and became a champion of Sherpa culture.

    Heart of a Tiger was filmed in Colorado, Washington state, California, Switzerland, Austria, and India, and features early mountaineers like Jim Whittaker, “Bull” Kumar, and Jim Wickwire.

    Chapman was for 26 years a reporter for KMBC-TV. She retired in 2010.

  • The trio of Mark Lowry, Raymond DeMarchi, and John Currey present a variety of musical styles performed on percussion instruments from all over the globe. Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, July 26, 2013

    The trio of Mark Lowry, Raymond DeMarchi, and John Currey present a variety of musical styles performed on percussion instruments from all over the globe.

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • In his new biography of the creator of Communism, Jonathan Sperber challenges many of our misconceptions about this political firebrand, presenting Marx’s personal story within the larger historical stage of a European continent roiling with political and social unrest.
    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    As the man behind Communism, Karl Marx has been revered as a prophet and blamed for some of the darkest atrocities of modern times. In his new biography of Marx, Jonathan Sperber challenges many of our misconceptions about this political firebrand-turned-London-émigré-journalist, presenting Marx’s personal story within the larger historical stage of a European continent roiling with political and social unrest.

    Sperber is the Curators’ Professor of History at the University of Missouri.

  • Seton Hall’s Williamjames Hull Hoffer examines the repercussions of the controversial 1896 Supreme Court decision that legitimized the segregation of Jim Crow America and ushered in a half-century of “separate but equal.”
    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Homer Plessy—a man of seven-eighths Caucasian descent and one-eighth African descent who was nevertheless considered black under Louisiana law—boarded a train car reserved for whites and was promptly arrested. Hearing the appeal of his conviction, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1896 upheld the Louisiana statute, thus ushering in a half-century of legally sanctioned segregation under the "separate but equal" doctrine.

    Williamjames Hull Hoffer examines that controversial decision and its repercussions in a discussion of his book about the landmark case. Hoffer is associate professor of history at Seton Hall University.

  • Historic preservationist Annette Thomas looks at the transforation of the old Kansas City Public Library (1897-1960) on 9th Street into the Ozark National Life Insurance Building.
    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    The 2013 Kansas City Architecture Series examines how historic buildings in Kansas City’s downtown area have been repurposed and given new life.

    For the first program Annette Thomas, member of the Historic Kansas City Foundation, discusses the transformation of the old Kansas City Public Library (1897-1960) on 9th Street into the Ozark National Life Insurance Building. This was the topic of her 1997 master’s thesis at UMKC.