Previous Special Events

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ethan S. Rafuse of the military history department of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the life and accomplishments of Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson.

Thursday, June 7, 2012
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The shift from old-fashioned paper ballots to electronic voting has raised concerns over whether elections results can be manipulated. Are our votes still safe?

Members of the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners provide a behind-the-scenes look at how votes are kept safe and confidential. Demonstrations will illustrate the differences between touch screen and paper ballot machines and the safeguards of each that keep votes secure.

This is one of a series of public forums on elections presented by the KCEB and the Library this spring and summer.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Historian Robert Rydell describes how world’s fairs inspired and promoted innovations in architecture, the arts, music, science, and technology, not to mention consumer culture and mass entertainment. His presentation complements the exhibit Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939 currently on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Biographer Douglas Brinkley looks at the life and career of CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, the St. Joseph native who became the most trusted man in America. Drawing on newly disclosed letters, diaries and interviews with nearly 200 of Cronkite’s friends and colleagues, Cronkite reveals not an icon but a real human with passions, loves, and occasional enmities.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

On the eve of the 136th anniversary of the famous “Last Stand,” retired National Park Service Superintendent Paul L. Hedren asks: Was General George Custer’s defeat at the Little Bighorn on June 26, 1876, the greatest American Indian military victory? Or was it the beginning of the end of Sioux Country as the native peoples knew it?

Sunday, June 3, 2012
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

In advance of this year’s Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, audiences can bone up on the Bard with a screening of the classic film A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Directed in 1935 by the great stage director Max Reinhardt this version stars Dick Powell, Olivia de Havilland, Joe E. Brown, James Cagney (as Bottom), and Mickey Rooney (as Puck).

The film won Academy Awards and nearly 80 years after its release is still regarded as one of the best movie adaptations ever of a Shakespeare play.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

Join fellow book lovers on the first Saturday of every month (May – October) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the fifth annual City Market Summer Book Sale Series.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

You’re never too old to begin a literary career. At the age of 75 retired pastor Cy Robinson began writing his first novel. Not just a novel, but the first volume in a planned trilogy. He discusses the creation of The Half Chance – a story of a dead-end life blossoming through love, faith, and acceptance – as well as his efforts to find a publisher for his literary offspring.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Choral director Simon Carrington and members of his Simon Carrington Chamber Singers join their voices to those of 32 elite high school vocalists in an “open rehearsal” of works by Frank Ticheli, Cesar Carrillo, and Matthew Harris. This is the third year Carrington and members of his ensemble have held a master class for young performers, but the first time the students have sung with the professionals.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The 2008 financial collapse of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac resulted in a sweeping government bailout that cost the American taxpayers $150 billion. Economist Viral V. Acharya, co-author of Guaranteed to Fail: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Debacle of Mortgage Finance, argues that given government policy, the meltdown was virtually inevitable. He discusses how economic damage can be limited and how to avoid the same mistakes in the future.

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