Previous Special Events

Thursday, May 17, 2012

KU’s Steve Goddard and Perry Alexander explore the world of early computer scientist Alan Turing, the subject of Cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing now at the Spencer Museum of Art on the KU campus.

Cryptograph examines the question that drove Turing’s research: finding meaning in patterns.

Goddard is senior curator at the Spencer Museum and a professor of art history; Alexander is professor of electrical engineering and computer science.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Candice Millard, author of Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President, explores the life and protracted death of James A. Garfield, who didn’t want to be president and was fatally shot just months into his first term.


Sunday, May 13, 2012
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The sixth season of Script-in-Hand performances by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre continues on Mother’s Day with the immortal musical My Fair Lady.

In this 1956 Broadway hit, a Cockney flower girl becomes the project of an arrogant phoneticist determined to pass her off as a lady.

Funding for this series provided by a grant from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee, with additional support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


Saturday, May 12, 2012
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Ina P. Montgomery tells the stories of unknown “sheroes,” African American women who toiled in obscurity and rarely made headlines, but who have been a potent force in the creation of the America we know today.

Montgomery is a specialist in innovative training projects for business and the former owner of the CODA company.

She is past president of the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus and has taught information technology and management at Metropolitan Community College.


Friday, May 11, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Celebrate the winners of the Children’s Book Week Bookmark Contest with a very special performance from musician and illustrator Gustafer Yellowgold.

His show features a multi-media presentation of tuneful live music, animated illustrations, and vibrant storytelling.

Appropriate for all ages.


Thursday, May 10, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

When it comes to women, the mainstream media just doesn’t get it. So says the new documentary Miss Representation, which exposes how the media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.

Interviews with both average teens and well-known women such as Condoleezza Rice and Nancy Pelosi defy the idea that a woman’s value lies in her youth, beauty, and sexuality.

Watch the official trailer on Vimeo.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

In his new book, When the Sirens Were Silent: How the Warning System Failed A Community, award-winning meteorologist Mike Smith takes a journey into the fearful and fascinating vortex of a tornado, explaining how the government’s early warning system has saved countless lives over the last 50 years. He’ll also talk about the system’s failures – such as last year’s Joplin twister which claimed 161 lives.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Leadership is less about having all the answers than about asking the right questions. Harvard Business School professor Robert Kaplan says in his book What to Ask the Person in the Mirror that the challenge lies in being able to step back, reflect, and ask the key questions that are critical to your performance and your organization’s effectiveness.


Sunday, May 6, 2012
2:30pm @ Plaza Branch

R. Stephen Green, newly-named superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools, continues his series of public conversations. He fields questions and provides straight answers regarding parent involvement, accreditation, leadership, and the future of classroom instruction.

Green previously led Kauffman Scholars, Inc., a comprehensive college preparatory and scholarship program designed to increase the number of college graduates from Kansas City’s urban schools.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Historian Donald R. Hickey, author of The Rockets’ Red Glare: An Illustrated History of The War of 1812, discusses that “forgotten war” which gave us some memorable military moments (Admiral Perry’s victory on Lake Erie, Andrew Jackson’s triumph at New Orleans) but also saw the British burn the White House. Moreover, the war ended not in overwhelming victory, but in a draw – which may explain why so many Americans know little about it.


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