Joseph Opala, the exhibit creator for Bunce Island: A British Slave Castle in Sierra Leone, draws on his 30 years of research to discuss Bunce Island’s history and ties to the American slave trade. From this site off the coast of West Africa, slave traders sent nearly 30,000 African captives to the Americas from 1670 to 1807. Many were shipped to South Carolina and Georgia. The Gullah who live in this region today are descendants of these slaves.
John Tibbetts, an associate professor of theater and film at the University of Kansas, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Chopin with a multi-media presentation on the life and work of the composer.
On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.
The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.
Most Americans are unaware of how revered Ulysses S. Grant was in his lifetime, then often considered to be equal in stature to George Washington. Author Joan Waugh uncovers the reasons behind the rise and fall of his renown in her book, U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth.
With a mission to bring together master musicians, dancers, and young artists from across the world to "share the beauty and artistry of Spanish and Latin American music through study, collaboration, and performance," the Festival Internacional de Música Española y Latinoamericana (FIMEL) presents the second annual International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music.
Three of the four local writers of a book that renowned management consultant Stephen R. Covey says “exemplifies the resilience of the human spirit” share their personal stories about difficulties in marriage, children, the importance of friendship, conflict, facing the inevitability of death, balance, personal solitude, and inspiration on Wednesday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Shakespeare 101, a get-acquainted series offering insight on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 performance of King Richard III, is presented by the Festival and SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge). The series precedes the play, set to take place evenings in Southmoreland Park from June 15-July 3.
June 7 - Richard the Villain. Dr. Laurie Ellinghausen discusses the English king’s brand of villainy.