Event Archive

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Format: 2014-09-01
Format: 2014-09-01
  • Join us for a screening of From One Second to the Next, a short documentary by noted filmmaker Werner Herzog, which looks at four individuals who have caused or been the victims of texting-and-driving accidents.
    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Join us for a screening of a new documentary by noted director Werner Herzog, From One Second to the Next, part of the “It Can Wait” campaign to stop texting and driving.

    The film includes a variety of vignettes featuring texting-and-driving perpetrators and surviving victims and their relatives who recount traumatic accidents and explain how their lives were forever changed. The “It Can Wait” campaign was launched to educate the public about the dangerous practice and secure pledges to abstain from it.

  • Experts from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth – Ethan S. Rafuse, Terry Beckenbaugh, Gregory S. Hospodor, and Randy Mullis – weigh in on the impact Gettysburg had on the greater Civil War.
    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Even for those of us unfamiliar with history, the very name “Gettysburg” suggests a monumental clash of armies. But beyond the chaos of the battle itself, what was the impact of Gettysburg on the greater Civil War?

    Four historians from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth address the question in Gettysburg: The Most Important Event of 1863?

    Participants include Ethan S. Rafuse, professor of military history, and associate professors Terry Beckenbaugh, Gregory S. Hospodor, and Randy Mullis.

  • Phil S. Dixon, author of Tommy Campbell: A Boxing Bout with the Mob, examines the life of the local fighter who was the world’s No. 2 lightweight but fell into obscurity after testifying in court about mob attempts to control the lightweight division.
    Sunday, November 17, 2013

    In the late 1940s and 1950s, Kansas City native Tommy Campbell won 50 professional fights and became the world’s No. 2 lightweight. But thanks to a run-in with organized crime, he is now all but forgotten in the town that nurtured him.

    Phil S. Dixon, author of Tommy Campbell: A Boxing Bout with the Mob, relates how Campbell became the only fighter to testify in court about how mobsters attempted to seize control of the lightweight division, muscling him into throwing one fight.

  • Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.    Breathless (1960; NR) French with English subtitles
    Sunday, November 17, 2013

    A crime drama about a charismatic Paris thug (Jean-Paul Belmondo) who initiates a torrid affair with a beautiful young American (Jean Seberg), Breathless is among the most influential films ever made … not for the story but for its style. Director Jean-Luc Godard shot surreptitiously on real streets and cut the footage into jarring jump shots that seemed to kick the story forward.

  • Saturday, November 16, 2013

    The Kansas City Public Library hosts the 2013 Young Adult Literature Festival with Rainbow Rowell, Jacqueline Woodson, and John Green, presented by Reading Reptile and sponsored by the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library. Meet leading authors of young adult literature, purchase books, and get autographs.

    YA Literature Workshop: 8:00 to Noon
    Tickets to the workshop have sold out.

    Book Signing: 1 - 3 p.m.
    Admission to the book signing is free and open to the public

  • Run away with the circus as Happy Faces Entertainment ringmaster Dennis Porter presents an interactive program of music, magic, juggling, and more. Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Run away with the circus as Happy Faces Entertainment ringmaster Dennis Porter takes you into the excitement of the big top. Enjoy an interactive program of music, magic, juggling, and more.

    Porter has worked with communities, educational institutions, churches, amusement parks and professional theaters around the country, performing as a clown, actor, magician, storyteller, educator, and emcee.

    Appropriate for all ages.

  • Time magazine editor-at-large  David Von Drehle holds a public conversation about climate change with Justin Gillis, The New York Times’ prize-winning environmental reporter.
    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Few journalists have studied the issue of global warming with the thoroughness of The New York TimesJustin Gillis, who has raised hackles by comparing global warming skeptics to opponents of evolution.

    Now, Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with Gillis about Covering Climate Change.

    Gillis, who reports and blogs on the environment for the Times, warns that “the hour is late … To head off the worst consequences of global warming, we needed to get started 20 years ago and we did not. If we started today it would be hard, and we’re not starting today.”

  • Journalist and historian Max Holland looks at the Zapruder film, the famous home movie of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, discussing how it was made, its status as the dominant record of a national tragedy, and how it has helped and hindered our understanding of that traumatic day in Dallas.
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    Several hundred spectators in Dealey Plaza witnessed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963. Everyone else experienced it through the eyes of Dallas dressmaker Abraham Zapruder, whose home movie of the shooting is among the most famous – and closely examined – films in history.

    Journalist and historian Max Holland looks at the Zapruder film, delving into how it came to be, its exalted status as the dominant document of a national tragedy, and how it has helped – or hindered - our understanding of precisely what happened 50 years ago this month.

  • Filipino-American poet Patrick Rosal–who has been known to punch up his readings by strumming the guitar, playing the piano, and dancing-discusses his work with New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam.
    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    Patrick Rosal’s poetry, writes one critic, “skillfully navigates between despair and love, between violence and music, between loss and transcendence ... I’ve seen him make people cry during his readings. I’ve seen him play a guitar, play the piano, sing, and yes, dance.”

    Rosal holds a discussion about his work with New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam.

  • Writer Deborah Shouse discusses her book about caring for her aging mother. She is joined by storyteller Ron Zoglin and Alzheimer’s expert  Michelle Niedens.
    Sunday, November 10, 2013

    During her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, Deborah Shouse explored ways to connect with her and developed new rituals to anchor holidays and other celebrations. She is joined by Ron Zoglin, a professional storyteller, and Michelle Niedens, education director of the Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, for a discussion of her book, which offers humor and hope to family members, friends, and caregivers.