Wednesday, September 18, 2013
In an impoverished and terrorism-plagued region of the Philippines, 13 teenagers accepted a challenge: to master their culture’s traditional instruments and perform in a life-altering concert. These young musicians tell their stories and show excerpts from Rise and Dream, a documentary about their experiences. Also on hand is Kansas City’s Barclay Martin, the film’s musical director.
The documentary captures the efforts of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, a lay Catholic organization working independent of any diocese or the Vatican to serve the poor in 22 countries.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Time magazine’s David Von Drehle and Bloomberg blogger Megan McArdle discuss Freeing the Economy in the third offering of the Dateline: Washington series.
McArdle is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist writing mostly about economics, finance, and government policy from a moderate libertarian (or classical liberal) perspective. In recent months, she has blogged about government-backed mortgages, the higher education bubble, and the labor movement.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Though far from the fashion center of New York, Kansas City once boasted a large, vibrant garment manufacturing industry. During its heyday in the early-to-mid twentieth century more than 4,000 workers were engaged in the business, and one in seven American women owned a garment designed and made in Kansas City.
Ann Brownfield, curator of the Kansas City Garment District Museum, examines this important piece of local industry in a discussion of her new book We Were Hanging by a Thread.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
A recent global survey rated residents of the Eastern Himalayan country of Bhutan as the happiest in Asia. Experience the smells, tastes, and sounds of Kansas City’s Bhutanese community with an afternoon of poetry, music, dance, visual art, and food.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
This event has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Jeffrey Frank discusses his new book Ike and Dick, which examines the 20-year political and private relationship of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon to reveal hurtful slights and tense misunderstandings. The two men brought out the best and worst in each other, and their association had important consequences for their respective presidencies.
Frank is a former senior editor at The New Yorker and deputy editor of The Washington Post’s Outlook section. He is the author of four novels, including the Washington Trilogy - The Columnist, Bad Publicity, and Trudy Hopedale.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The need to understand China has never been more pressing, yet the complexity of this ever-transforming giant doesn’t make that easy.
China expert Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom provides answers to the most urgent questions regarding the world’s newest superpower in a discussion of his book China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know. Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Theodore Roosevelt was one of the major figures in America’s Progressive movement in the early 20th century. But key to his influence was the support of Kansas City Star publisher William Rockhill Nelson. Historian Lewis L. Gould maintains that Nelson played a larger role in Roosevelt’s political fortunes than has been realized.
Gould is visiting distinguished professor of history at Monmouth College. Among his books are Theodore Roosevelt, The William Howard Taft Presidency, and The Modern American Presidency.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Built in 1942 in Johnson County, Kansas, the Sunflower Ordnance Works quickly became the world’s largest producer of rocket propellant, an essential part of America’s “Arsenal of Democracy” during World War II.
Anne Jones, curator of collections at the Johnson County Museum, and Matt Gilligan, the museum’s curator of interpretation, examine the plant’s long history as part of the defense industry, as well as the many ideas – like a Land of Oz theme park – proposed to use the space when the property’s military role ended in 1992.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Enjoy an evening of traditional and contemporary folk songs as Adam Miller performs his Singing Through History program. Miller is one of the premier autoharpists in the world and a natural-born American folksinger and storyteller. His performances at festivals and concert halls across the United States have won him fans of all ages. Miller is masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along.
Admission is free. Appropriate for all ages.