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  • 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.

  • Editor Steve Paul and a panel of authors - Catherine Browder, Matthew Eck, and Andres Rodriguez - share stories about Kansas City’s seedy underbelly
    Steve Paul - Kansas City Noir
    Tuesday, October 2, 2012
    Central Library

    Steve Paul is joined by three of the area writers who contributed to Kansas City Noir, a collection of short stories that takes readers on a journey through the dark underbelly of our sunny Midwestern metropolis.

  • Author William H. Chafe, who studies American politics through politicians’ personal lives,  reveals the core complexity of William Jefferson Clinton as an individual, a husband, and as a national public figure.
    William H. Chafe - William Jefferson Clinton
    Thursday, September 27, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Taking the White House requires a team, and America had never seen anything like the husband-and-wife team of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    Historian William H. Chafe, a pioneer in the study of American politics through the personal lives of politicians, reveals the core complexity of the Clintons as individuals, as a couple, and as national figures.

    Chafe is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University and the author of Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal.

  • Historian Allan R. Millett, author of a monumental trilogy about the Korean conflict, examines the “local” war that quickly entangled the military forces of both the United States and Communist China.
    Allan R. Millett - The War for Korea 1950-51: They Came From the North
    Wednesday, September 26, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Americans view the Korean conflict as an American war in which the United States lost nearly 38,000 men. But above all else it was a war between Koreans that began years earlier, according to historian Allan R. Millett, in a discussion of his most recent book The War for Korea 1950-51: They Came from the North.

  • Award-winning reporter Eleanor Clift joins Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about the 2012 presidential election.
    Eleanor Clift - Forecasting the Presidential Election
    Monday, September 24, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Reporter/pundit Eleanor Clift joins Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about 2012 presidential election.

    Today electing a president is vastly more complex an undertaking than what was envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Yet the process remains exciting and hugely important. And if it is sometimes disillusioning, it can also be inspiring.

  • Roosevelt biographer Alan Brinkley examines the life and influence of the man who forever changed international diplomacy, the party system, and the role of government here and abroad.
    Alan Brinkley - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    Sunday, September 23, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    No president since the founders has done more to shape American government than Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    Alan Brinkley argues that Roosevelt’s presidency forever changed the face of international diplomacy, the American party system, and the government’s role in global and domestic policy.

    Brinkley is one of just three American historians to have been Harmsworth Professor at Oxford and Pitt Professor of American history at Cambridge.

    Co-presented with the Truman Library Institute; co-sponsored by KCUR’s UP to Date.