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Format: 2015-05-05
Format: 2015-05-05
  • In the 2015 McKinzie Lecture, Saint Louis University’s Lorri Glover focuses on Washington, Jefferson, and other icons of history in discussing her book on how the American Revolution remade family life as much as it reinvented political institutions.
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Even as they were laying the framework for a new country, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and many of America’s other Founding Fathers were tending to another vital duty. They were raising families.

    Saint Louis University history professor Lorri Glover discusses her new book, the first to explore how the Revolution remade family life as much as it reinvented political institutions. Focusing on Washington, Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason, and Patrick Henry, she describes the colonial households that nurtured future revolutionaries, follows the development of political and family values during the revolutionary years, and shines new light on the radically transformed world that was inherited by 19th-century descendants.

  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Join Kansas City Public Library staff for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the Love on the Rocks 2015 Winter Reading Program. Discussions immediately follow film presentations. These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the film screening.

    Director Neil LaBute’s adaptation of A.S. Byatt’s novel tells the story of a pair of literary sleuths as they unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. 102 minutes, Rated PG-13.

  • The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America for a series of discussions and screenings of films adapted from books by African American authors.  The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973; PG)
    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

    Lawrence Cook joins the CIA but is merely the agency’s token black. Disillusioned, he drops out and uses his training to plot a new American Revolution. Taken from the 1969 novel by Sam Greenlee. Rated PG, 102 minutes.

  • Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John explores the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.  Recommended for ages 5 and older.
    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John helps young audience members explore the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.

    Recommended for ages 5 and older.

  • Former Kansas City Mayor Richard L. Berkley, an avid photographer, has snapped thousands of photos of the political leaders, entertainers, and other celebrities he has met. He offers an illustrated retrospective coinciding with an exhibit at the Central Library.
    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    Richard L. Berkley once said, “I like meeting people.” Before, during, and after his record three-term tenure as Kansas City’s mayor — from 1979 to 1991 — he met hundreds of political leaders, entertainers, sports stars, and other celebrities. Most times, he asked to take their pictures. Berkley’s personal collection ranges from images of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to shots of Bo Jackson, George Brett, Annie Liebovitz, and Joanne Woodward.

  • Sunday, February 8, 2015

    Join Kansas City Public Library staff for film screenings and animated conversations centered on quality film versions of books that are official selections of the Love on the Rocks 2015 Winter Reading Program. Discussions immediately follow film presentations. These screenings are open to the public. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the film screening.

    Based on Terry McMillan’s novel, Waiting to Exhale celebrates the friendship of four very different African-American women as they support each other through the trials and tribulations of relationships, careers, and family life. With Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. Directed by Forest Whitaker. 124 minutes. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

  • The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film screening and discussion series returns for an examination of the cinema of the Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Doubt (2008; PG-13)
    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film series returns in January and February with screenings of movies starring the late Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. A discussion featuring experts in cinema and psychoanalysis follows each screening.

    Meryl Streep is an old-school nun and parochial academy principal who believes that Hoffman's parish priest has entered into an improper relationship with a student. The post-screening discussion is led by psychoanalyst Alice Brand Bartlett and Melissa Lenos, assistant professor of English at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas.

  • Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John explores the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.  Recommended for ages 5 and older.
    Friday, February 6, 2015

    Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John helps young audience members explore the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.

    Recommended for ages 5 and older.

  • The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America for a series of discussions and screenings of films adapted from books by African American authors.  Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970; R)
    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC's Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the Black History Month Book-to-Film Series Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of February.

    Detectives “Gravedigger” Jones (Godfrey Cambridge) and “Coffin Ed” Johnson (Raymond St. Jacques) investigate a wayward reverend in this Blaxploitation prototype directed by Ossie Davis. Taken from Chester Himes’ 1965 novel. 97 minutes. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.

    Discussion leader: Delia Cook Gillis, director of the Center for Africana Studies and professor of history, University of Central Missouri.

  • Former Kansas City Star editor Monroe Dodd discusses his new book commemorating the University of Kansas’ sesquicentennial, tracking a 150-year journey through wars, economic pitfalls, clashes of ideas and ideologies, and the unending demands of politics.
    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    Even before Kansas became a state, Kansans wanted a university. What no one knew in territorial days or in the earliest years of statehood — or even after the University of Kansas opened for classes — was how big and how good it might become. In KU’s first semester, 55 students enrolled but the faculty of three found not one prepared for college work.

    The university would grow into a vast and intricate educational machine that in the 21st century counts more than 27,000 students and 1,600 faculty members across multiple campuses. Former Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times editor Monroe Dodd, who has written a new coffee table book for Kansas City Star Books that commemorates the school’s sesquicentennial, discusses the often difficult, 150-year journey through wars, economic pitfalls, clashes of ideas and ideologies, and the unending demands of politics.