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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

During the 2003 looting of Iraq’s National Museum some 15,000 priceless objects dating back to ancient Babylon and Mesopotamia were damaged or stolen. Donny George, then director general of the museum, is now a visiting professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His presentation touches on the circumstances that led to the vandalism, and the ongoing looting of archaeological sites in Iraq.

Co-sponsored by the University of Missouri – Kansas City Classical and Ancient Studies Program and the Archaeological Institute of America.

Monday, February 14, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Author John Bemelmans Marciano discusses the latest installment in the Madeline series of children’s books, Madeline at the White House.

In the book, Madeline and 11 other girls visit Washington, D.C., at the invitation of Candle, the lonely only daughter of the president. On the last night of the visit, Madeline and Candle stay up late playing and telling scary stories before topping off the evening with a magical nighttime tour of the capital’s most famous landmarks.

Sunday, February 13, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

PLEASE NOTE: This event will take place at the Plaza Branch. The February 2011 Special Events print calendar is incorrect.

Just ahead of Valentine’s Day comes this multimedia retrospective on the “Great Lover” of the music world, Franz Liszt. His dashing good looks and piano virtuosity made him a musical superstar as his performances scandalized a sensation-hungry Europe.

Sunday, February 13, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

In celebration of Black History Month, children ages 8-12 are invited to learn about renowned artist Romare Bearden.

Artist Hugh Merrill leads the interactive workshop, and assists attendees with creating individual collages about their own lives. Supplies will be provided. The event complements Merrill’s exhibit, Divergent Consistencies II, on display in the Guldner and North galleries of the Central Library.

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
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.

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.

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.

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