Previous Special Events

Friday, February 11, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Coterie Theatre’s Olympiaganza is a full-scale theater event for kids presenting Greek mythology. This fast-paced, free-wheeling play is wild, silly, and a complete blast for tweens and young adults.

The Coterie is among the top five theaters serving families and young audiences in the United States, according to TIME magazine. The Coterie plays a vital role in the greater Kansas City area developing new generations of audiences for the performing arts.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the military accomplishments of Genghis Khan, ruler of the Mongol Empire and leader of the Mongol invasions of Eurasia.

The Mongol invasions resulted in the conquest of most of Eurasia and made the Mongol Empire the largest contiguous empire in history.

The event is the third in the Great Commanders series, held on the second Thursday of each month through June 2011.


Thursday, February 10, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Ken Gormley, dean of the Duquesne University School of Law, discusses one of the most polarizing political scandals in American history, the investigation and subsequent impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

In his new book The Death of American Virtue, Gormley chronicles the events leading up to the trial, from Ken Starr’s investigation, through Paula Jones’ sexual harassment suit, to the Monica Lewinsky affair. The book features never-before-released evidence from lawyers, and exclusive interviews with key players.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Film critic Shawn Edwards is joined by radio personality Jabulani Leffall for a discussion of the global impact of black films and the steady decline of the black film industry. Factors such as persistent DVD bootlegs and a lack of box-office support for positive portrayals of the black community contribute to this worsening climate.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Authors Chris Bohjalian and Caroline Leavitt discuss the writing life and their recent books.

Bohjalian will discuss Secrets of Eden, the story of a young married couple found dead in their home the morning after their baptism into a Vermont Baptist Church and the quest to discover what really happened to them.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Simeon Wright discusses the 1955 kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till and explains what life was like before, during, and after the trial.

Wright saw and heard his cousin Emmett Till whistle at Caroline Bryant at a grocery store; he was sleeping in the same bed with him when her husband came in and took Emmett away; and he was at the sensational trial.

Wright is the author of a new book about the abduction and trial, Simeon’s Story, in which he attempts to clear up lingering misconceptions.


Sunday, February 6, 2011
Physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg — teacher and student, respectively — helped define the theoretical limits of the modern age. In Copenhagen, the two are reunited after death to share differing accounts of a mysterious meeting in 1941 as both men led competing nuclear arms programs. Best known for Noises Off, playwright Michael Frayn gives a surprising emotional charge to discussions ranging from quantum mechanics to the ambiguity of human memory and the fate of mankind in the atomic age.

Sunday, February 6, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

This annual series offers probing films paired with discussions featuring cinematic and psychoanalytic experts, including psychologist Barbara Baer and KCAI assistant professor Julie Farstad on February 6 followed by UMKC visiting assistant professor Mitch Brian and mental health counselor Deana Schuplin on February 20.

Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center.


Saturday, February 5, 2011
10:30am @ Plaza Branch

As part of the second annual Kansas City Design Week, a multi-disciplinary panel of design professionals will showcase the breadth and potential of the craft to those aspiring to a career in the industry.

Aside from inspiring and informing the audience about design professions, the panel will offer a resource packet, outline aptitudes, interests, and skills needed, as well as discuss post-secondary educational routes to design professions.

Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Design Alliance.


Friday, February 4, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Tommy Terrific’s 45-minute magic program is designed for children ages 3-12 and will be performed at the following locations and times: