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  • Noted economist Mark Skousen examines this Founding Father’s business sense, summed up in Franklin’s perennial classic The Way to Wealth, often considered America’s first “rags to riches” account.
    Mark Skousen - Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father of American Entrepreneurship
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012
    Central Library

    Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, author, politician, postmaster, and civic activist.

    But noted economist and Franklin biographer Mark Skousen reminds us that Franklin was also a businessman and an entrepreneur whose autobiography is often considered to be the first “rags to riches” account in American history.

  • With his thick spectacles, big teeth, and boundless energy, President Theodore Roosevelt was a cartoonist’s dream subject. Author and former political cartoonist Rick Marschall discusses this  most dynamic of chief executives.
    Rick Marschall - Theodore Roosevelt
    Thursday, November 1, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    With his thick spectacles, big teeth, and boundless energy, President Theodore Roosevelt was a cartoonist’s dream subject. Rick Marschall, author of Bully! The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt: Illustrated with More than 200 Vintage Political Cartoons discusses this most dynamic of chief executives.

    Marschall is a former political cartoonist. Bostonia magazine calls him “perhaps America’s foremost authority on popular culture.”

  • KMBZ's Dana Wright hosts a public conversation with Thomas Frank, whose new book asks why so many Americans are ready to penalize the recession's victims at the expense of society's traditional winners.
    Thomas Frank - Pity the Billionaire
    Monday, October 29, 2012
    Central Library

    For his latest book Thomas Frank, the best-selling author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? and The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, went looking for public discontent in the wake of the 2008 economic meltdown.

    Instead, as Frank reports in Pity the Billionaire, he found loud demands that the system be made even harsher on the recession’s victims and that society’s traditional winners receive even grander prizes.

  • Historian Henry Wiencek examines how Thomas Jefferson, for all his accomplishments and advanced thinking, could not get beyond his own limited perspective in matters of race.
    Henry Wiencek - Thomas Jefferson
    Thursday, October 25, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    For all his accomplishments and advanced thinking, Thomas Jefferson could not get beyond his own limited perspective in matters of race. Drawing from new archaeological work and previously overlooked evidence, historian Henry Wiencek examines the factors that led Jefferson, once an emancipationist, to keep some of his own children as slaves.

  • Small-business guru John Jantsch explains how you can create a successful corporate culture, one with committed, long-term customers and dedicated employees.
    John Jantsch - The Commitment Engine: Making Work Worth It
    Wednesday, October 24, 2012
    Central Library

    Why are some companies able to generate committed, long-term customers while others struggle to stay afloat? Why do the employees of some organizations fully dedicate themselves while others punch the clock without enthusiasm? Small-business guru John Jantsch looks at what makes a successful corporate culture.

  • Royals great Frank White discusses his life and career as chronicled in his new book and, for the first time, publicly discusses his dramatic split from the Royals earlier this year.
    Frank White - One Man’s Dream
    Tuesday, October 23, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    During his 18 years playing for the Royals, Frank White became a beloved figure in Kansas City. In a public conversation with sportswriter Bill Althaus, co-writer of One Man’s Dream: My Town, My Team, My Time, White discusses his life and career.

  • Scholar Dennis Domer examines  architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s revolutionary and wholly integrated approach to interior design.
    Dennis Domer - Frank Lloyd Wright’s Search for Organic Simplicity
    Thursday, October 11, 2012
    Central Library

    Dennis Domer looks at the evolution of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s interior designs in which every element is intended to be not only individually interesting but to contribute to a unified whole.

    Domer is director of graduate studies for the KU Department of American Studies.

  • Author Tanner Colby engages in a public conversation about his new book — an incisive and candid look at  how America got lost on the way to Dr. King’s  Promised Land — with Kansas City writer  Whitney Terrell as part of the Writers at Work series.
    Tanner Colby - Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    Central Library

    Tanner Colby engages in a public conversation about his new book, Some of My Best Friends Are Black, with Kansas City writer Whitney Terrell. Colby’s book about race is anchored by four interrelated stories, one of which involves a Kansas City neighborhood.

    A child of a white-flight Southern suburb, Colby is former head writer of the National Lampoon Radio Hour and co-author of Belushi: A Biography.

    Co-sponsored by the Writers at Work Roundtable & the UMKC English Department.

  • Photojournalist Paola Gianturco illustrates how today’s grandmothers are embracing activism to create a better world for grandchildren everywhere.
    Paola Gianturco - Grandmother Power
    Tuesday, October 9, 2012
    Central Library

    The grandmothers of today are younger, healthier, better educated, and better off than grandmothers have ever been. And, as photojournalist Paola Gianturco shows in her book Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, these women have embraced activism to fight poverty, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and human rights abuses.

  • Bruce Mathews and his coauthors discuss our town’s spirit, exhibited repeatedly in 150 years of setbacks and determined recoveries.
    Bruce Mathews - The Kansas City Spirit: Stories of Service Above Self
    Thursday, October 4, 2012
    Central Library

    The Kansas City Sprit was in evidence with the 1900 construction of a new convention hall in just 90 days and in how the community has pulled together to recover from floods and other disasters. Norman Rockwell even created a painting celebrating it. Bruce Mathews and his co-authors (Mamie Hughes, Andrew Kaplan, Christopher Leitch, Lynn Mackle, and Carol Powers) and Library Director Crosby Kemper III discuss the new book about Kansas City’s legendary spirit.