Previous Special Events

Saturday, October 9, 2010
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Kevin Costner stars as Kennedy aide Kenny O'Donnell, a close advisor who helps President Kennedy and "co-president" Robert Kennedy negotiate the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Thursday, October 7, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Steven Epstein discusses the politically-charged debate surrounding Gardasil and other vaccines on Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

On Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., author and curator of Red-Color News Soldier, Robert Pledge, presents an account of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution showcasing the photography of Li Zhensheng.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Gwen Cooper already had two cats, financial problems and a broken heart. Yet, when she learned about an abandoned, eyeless kitten, Cooper went to visit him. Today, she is happily married and the kitten, Homer, just celebrated his 13th birthday.

Armed with PowerPoint to illustrate the cat’s amazing personality, Cooper tells about writing the memoir.

The event is sponsored by Rainy Day Books.  Autographed books will be available for sale.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Kansas City Public Library marks the launch of a new book, Elmwood Cemetery: Stories of Kansas City, on Wednesday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

The Great Debates Revisited
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This second event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the second presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by James Roth.


Monday, October 4, 2010

The Chilean coup d'état of 1973 was a watershed event in the history of Chile. It was also a defining moment in the life of writer Marjorie Agosín. In Of Earth and Sea, she draws upon her experiences as a child in Chile, an expatriate abroad, and a minority Jew—even in the land she calls home—to create a striking portrait of a life of exile.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

The curator of the exhibit 200 Years on Troost, Father Paisius (David) Altschul, talks about the avenue's rich history, from Osage Indian trail, to the man who lent it his name, to a bustling 1950s shopping hub, to the turmoil of the 1968 riots.

Today, it's a community where diversity is appreciated, a new bridge and MAX bus route are being built, and more than 100,000 tulips have been planted. Father Altschul attended high school in the neighborhood and chose to return there to live and work.  He directs Reconciliation Services.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

In a USA Today poll, 95 percent said civility in politics is essential to a healthy democracy. So why is it so hard to solve problems when people disagree?


Saturday, October 2, 2010
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Ron Howard directs this dramatization of the much-heralded interviews conducted by British talk-show host David Frost with President Nixon, three years after his resignation. Starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen. Rated R. (122 min.)