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Format: 2016-06-27
Format: 2016-06-27
  • Nichole Pinkard, a DePaul University professor and native of Kansas City, Kansas, joins the Library’s Andrea Ellis in a discussion of the use of digital media to engage, support, and encourage today’s youth.
    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    Kansas City, Kansas, native Nichole Pinkard is a nationally recognized leader in the area of digital learning, founding the Digital Youth Network in 2006. Three years later, DYN and the Chicago Public Library opened the first YOUmedia lab, a 5,500-square-foot space dedicated to learning through hands-on experience. There are now more than two dozen such labs nationwide.

  • Karl Zinsmeister, vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based Philanthropy Roundtable, discusses the impact of philanthropy in America, where donations total more than $360 billion annually and the rates of giving are up to 20 times higher than in comparable nations.
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Philanthropy is essential to making America what it is. Individuals, foundations, and businesses donate more than $360 billion annually, underwriting efforts to solve social problems, enrich culture, and strengthen society. Rates of giving are as much as 20 times higher than in comparable nations.

  • Seventy years after the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, Mark M. Hull of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College examines the world’s historic effort to bring 22 members of Hitler’s regime to justice.
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016

    Seventy years ago, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson called the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg “the greatest tribute power has ever paid to reason.” It was.

    The IMT, which put 22 members of Hitler’s regime on trial for crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, began in November 1945 and lasted almost a year. Jackson served as chief prosecutor. Beyond its focus of administering justice to Nazi leaders, the tribunal became the foundation for international law and planted the seed for the International Criminal Court.

  • As baseball’s Kansas City Royals open a new season, franchise icon (and current Jackson County Executive) Frank White sits down for a public conversation about the Boys in Blue and their defense of last year’s World Series championship.
    Monday, April 4, 2016

    Frank White was one of the Kansas City Royals’ anchors the last time they were defending World Series champions – 30 years ago. He went on to manage in their minor league system, working with a then-22-year-old Alex Gordon, among others, and was involved as a broadcaster while the team laid the foundation for its current success.

  • Coterie Theatre artists read from Oliver Jeffers’ absurdly funny book about a boy whose kite is stuck in a tree and his ridiculous efforts to dislodge it. Appropriate for all ages.
    Sunday, April 3, 2016

    Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children's books while young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation. Appropriate for all ages.

  • This new exhibit conveys the beauty and poetry of turbulent weather, pairing 17 of photographer Stephen Locke’s most arresting images with the prose of former Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam- Goldberg.
    Saturday, April 2, 2016

    There is beauty in a billowing supercell in the distance, in jagged streaks of lightning and thin, swaying funnels reaching down to the countryside. That’s what is conveyed in Stephen Locke’s photography, not merely the mayhem of a spring or summer storm.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy examines the Great Depression and other transformational milestones in America in the 1920s and ’30s, providing a national context for the two-day Wide Open Town Symposium spotlighting Kansas City’s golden age.
    Friday, April 1, 2016

    The 1920s and '30s marked Kansas City's transformation from a rough "cowtown" into a vibrant, modern city – despite such hindrances as political corruption, the Great Depression, and strained relations among the races and sexes. The period is spotlighted during the Wide Open Town Symposium at the Library on April 1-2.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy, a professor emeritus at Stanford University, provides a national context for the scholar-led symposium, examining the Depression and other transformative milestones in America during that era.

    Liquor during the reception will be provided by Tom's Town Distilling Co.

  • Friday, April 1, 2016

    The Wide Open Town Symposium, featuring presentations from professional historians and a keynote lecture at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch, explores the 1920s and '30s in Kansas City history. It is free and open to the general public.

  • Launching a new, election-centric season of Dateline: Washington, Time magazine Editor-at-Large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with RealClearPolitics’ Carl Cannon about politics, partisanship, and the playbook for the 2016 campaign.
    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    This event was originally scheduled for January but was rescheduled due to inclement weather in the Washington D.C. area.

    In the wake of the Super Tuesday primaries, the Library and the Truman Library Institute launch a new season of Dateline: Washington focusing on the 2016 elections – the candidates, their campaigns, and the hot-button issues. Time magazine Editor-at-Large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with RealClearPolitics’ Carl Cannon, taking an insider’s look at politics, partisanship, and the election playbook.

    Carl Cannon is the Washington bureau chief at RealClearPolitics and co-author of Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy. He has won numerous awards, including a share of the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting of the Presidency.

  • In a discussion of his new book, Thomas Frank takes Democrats to task. They’ve occupied the White House for 15 of the past 23 years. Why haven’t they done more to advance the justice-for-all liberal agenda?
    Thursday, March 24, 2016

    Democrats have occupied the White House for 15 of the past 23 years, and Thomas Frank pointedly asks: What do they have to show for it? Wall Street gets bailouts. Free-trade deals keep coming. The decline of the middle class has only accelerated. Why has so little been done to advance traditional liberal goals – to expand opportunity, fight for social justice, and ensure that workers get a fair deal?

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