Previous Special Events

Monday, April 26, 2010

Renowned Mexican international scholar and political scientist José Luis Valdés-Ugalde presents An Historical Assessment of the Inter-American Dilemma: The Conflict Between Security, Democratic Governance, and Progress. The presentation draws on Valdés-Ugalde’s professional and scholarly expertise in diplomacy, trade, and globalization. 


Sunday, April 25, 2010
3:30pm @ Plaza Branch

You have read the Marilynne Robinson novel—now watch the film adaptation of Housekeeping (1987) starring Christine Lahti and directed by Bill Forsyth. Join Big Read facilitator Kelly Miller for a lively conversation comparing the written word to its dramatic interpretation. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source novel prior to attending the film screening. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP.


Thursday, April 22, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Kansas City Royals play-by-play announcer Ryan Lefebvre discusses his struggles with depression and how he emerged with a new perspective on living a balanced and healthy life on Thursday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Award-winning novelist Chang-rae Lee discusses his new novel The Surrendered, a spellbinding story of how love and war echo through an entire lifetime, on Thursday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The book has been called a profound meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice, the power of love, and the possibilities for mercy, salvation, and surrendering oneself to another.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Daniel Wildcat, director of the American Indian studies program and the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center at Haskell Indian Nations University, discusses his book Red Alert!, which has been described as "a stirring call to action."

In his book, Wildcat says that "what the world needs today is a good dose of indigenous realism." Wildcat draws upon ancient Native American wisdom and nature-centered beliefs to advocate a modern strategy to combat global warming.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dr. James H. Willbanks discusses the events that led to the end of the Vietnam War on Wednesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The event marks the 35th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, which occurred on April 30, 1975.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This event has been cancelled due to European travel delays.

Due to the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano that has impeded travel arrangements worldwide, author Matthew Bishop, the United States business editor for The Economist, has been detained in London, England, and will be unable to present his book, The Road From Ruin, on April 20, 2010 at the Central Library.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Master storyteller Gladys Coggswell shares inspirational tales and “down-home” stories about all walks of African-American life on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Sunday, April 18, 2010
3:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Searching the Psyche through Cinema continues with the unconventional and haunting Sofia Coppola film The Virgin Suicides, which follows five Lisbon girls as relaxed parental restrictions allow them entry into teen society.

The post-film discussion will be led by psychoanalyst Alice Bartlett, Ph.D., and UMKC film and media arts professor Caitlin Horsman. The event is sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center and UMKC.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

 The Kansas City Public Library hosts the annual Missouri Fifth District Congressional Student Art Competition. U. S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife Dianne Cleaver will recognize high school artists and name the top five art submissions on Saturday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.