Thursday, October 9, 2014
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a free event. Admission for dinner and the program is $15 for students, $25 for adults, and $45 for couples. Registration is required.
Dinner: 6 p.m. • Program: 6:30 p.m.
In an age of crippling political divisiveness, Allan Katz has a plan. Gather people with opposing viewpoints in a comfortable setting. Share a meal. And rationally, respectfully talk out the most pressing issues of the day.
Katz, a University of Missouri-Kansas City professor and former U.S. ambassador to Portugal, has helped make it work in Florida and California. Now, he introduces the initiative he co-founded — The Village Square — to Kansas City, moderating a discussion among national and local decision-makers that touches on issues ranging from tax incentives to immigration and addresses the cost of impasse arising from incivility.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
What happens when German spies collaborate to unleash a campaign of terror upon America at the start of World War I?
In Dark Invasion: 1915, a New York City policeman uncovers a German plot to sabotage ships, factories, and even J.P Morgan himself. Howard Blum tells a gripping, true story of espionage and terror on American soil during World War I and the Irish cop who hunted for the conspirators among a population of more than 8 million Germans.
Blum is the author of The New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award-winning American Lightning. He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Facebook. Twitter. Amazon. Frequent-flyer numbers. Loyalty cards. Every day, we share personal information while buying something, trying to gain access or perks, or engaging in some other ordinary activity.
In a discussion of his revealing new book, Adam Tanner illustrates how each bit of personal data we surrender can be combined with alarming speed into a personal profile that corporations, marketing services, and more nefarious entities use to their own advantage. Nobody does it better, he says, than Caesars Entertainment Corporation, whose Harrah’s North Kansas City casino — and its savvy senior vice president and general manager, Tom Cook — figure prominently in What Stays in Vegas.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Coterie Theatre artists read from Karma Wilson’s popular children’s book, about a barnyard cow with peculiar mealtime tastes, while young audience members enjoy an opportunity to “jump into the story” – adding their own improvisation.
Appropriate for all ages.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Adopted as the mascot of the U.S. Army’s 102nd Infantry regiment, Stubby the dog became a comrade-in-arms. Ann Bausum recounts the remarkable life of this courageous canine, who served on 17 battlefields, suffered wounds from crossfire, became a national celebrity, met three presidents, and found a best friend in American soldier J. Robert Conroy.
Bausum has written nine National Geographic books for young readers during the past twelve years. She has won numerous awards, including a Sibert Honor Award and three other national awards for literature.
Co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
The image of fierce, all-female Amazons — barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in fighting, hunting, and sexual freedom — has endured from the days of ancient Greece. But were they more than myth?
Adrienne Mayor, a research scholar in classics and in the history and philosophy of science at Stanford University, dissects the Amazonian legend in a discussion of her wide-ranging, deeply researched book. Unearthing long-buried evidence, she sifts fact from fiction in showing how flesh-and-blood women of the Eurasian steppes were mythologized as Amazons, the equals of men. Not only the Greeks were enchanted; Mayor shows that warlike women of nomadic cultures were featured in tales from ancient Egypt, Persia, India, Central Asia, and China.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd.
This installment of Meet the Past is now “sold out.”
Once the episode is aired on KCPT, it will be made available at kclibrary.org/meet-the-past.
You MUST RSVP in order to be admitted to this event.
Your RSVP entitles you to the specified number of general admission tickets.
Tickets may be picked up at the Union Station ticket office starting at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Standard Union Station parking rates apply.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Film Screening: 4 p.m. Program 6:30 p.m.
The John Ford-John Wayne film, The Searchers, is one of the great Hollywood Westerns. But the movie was only a late entry in a real-life saga stretching back to 1830s Texas.
In a discussion of his book, Glenn Frankel traces the story from the 1836 kidnapping of a white girl by Comanche Indians to her “rescue” almost 25 years later, her subsequent unhappy life, and the various retellings of the epic tale in fiction, theater, and opera leading up to Alan LeMay’s 1954 novel and Ford’s 1956 film.
The talk by Frankel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter, editor and foreign bureau chief for The Washington Post who now heads the University of Texas’ School of Journalism, is preceded by a screening of The Searchers at 4 p.m.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Kansas City’s Union Station opened 100 years ago next month, a grand, 850,000-square-foot edifice that saw as many as 678,000-plus rail passengers pass through its doors in 1945. After falling into disuse and decay, it was restored and reopened in 1999 in all its original Beaux-Arts splendor – as home to theaters, museum exhibits, and such permanent attractions as Science City. With the return of train service, it’s the second-busiest terminal in the state.
In observance of the centennial, Jeffrey Spivak draws from his 1999 book, Union Station, Kansas City, in discussing the station’s history, controversial adaptive reuse, and role in future transit and civic plans. Now, a senior market analyst at Black & Veatch, Spivak spent more than 23 years as a civic affairs reporter for The Kansas City Star.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Help us wrap up Banned Books Week with a celebration of the freedom to read! We'll introduce attendees to the annual Banned Books Week awareness campaign.
Special guests include the Collins family, who recently drew international attention to their efforts to keep a Little Free Library in their Leawood, Kansas, front yard.