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  • Author Jamal Joseph discusses his life as a member of the Black Panther Party, prison inmate, activist, poet, filmmaker, and professor at Columbia University, the school he once claimed should be burned down.
    Jamal Joseph - Panther Baby
    Friday, September 21, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    As a member of the Black Panther Party, Jamal Joseph advocated burning Columbia University to the ground. Forty years later he’s a professor at Columbia. In his memoir Panther Baby Jamal takes readers from his Bronx childhood to Leavenworth prison and his current career in the arts.

    Joseph is executive artistic producer of the New Heritage Theater in Harlem. In 2008 he was nominated for an Academy Award for his contributions to the song “Raise It Up” from the film August Rush.

  • Be a part of the studio audience as KCPT tapes the latest installment of Meet the Past when Crosby Kemper III interviews President Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Patrick Lee.
    Meet the Past - Thomas Jefferson
    Thursday, September 20, 2012
    Central Library

    Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Patrick Lee.

    Jefferson, America’s third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, was also a big supporter of the humanities.

    The event will be taped by KCPT for later broadcast.

  • Political scientist Samuel Popkin, a veteran of numerous presidential campaigns, examines how challengers get to the White House, how incumbents stay there for a second term, and how successors hold power for their party.
    Samuel Popkin - The Candidate: What It Takes to Win – and Hold – the White House
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012
    Central Library

    Why doesn’t practice make perfect? Why are the same mistakes replayed in every presidential election? Political scientist Samuel Popkin looks at three campaigns – George H.W. Bush’s muddled 1992 re-election effort, Al Gore’s flawed 2000 campaign, and Hillary Clinton’s mismanaged effort to win the 2008 Democratic nomination – and uncovers lessons that future candidates should heed.

    Popkin is a professor of political science at the University of California - San Diego.

  • How did America end up in Vietnam? Historian Fredrik Logevall explains the 40 years of political, military, and diplomatic miscalculation that led to U.S. involvement in Indochina.
    Fredrik Logevall - Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam
    Thursday, September 6, 2012
    Central Library

    Cornell University historian Fredrik Logevall discusses the origins of America’s least popular war, beginning with the 1919 Versailles Peace Conference that ended World War I, continuing through a half century of French rule, and on to America’s involvement in Vietnam. It’s a story of political, military, and diplomatic maneuvering and miscalculation.

    Logevall is John S. Knight professor of international studies at Cornell University. Among his books are America’s Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity, and Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived.

  • What would the proposed move of UMKC fine arts programs to a downtown campus mean culturally and economically? A panel of local experts discuss the possibilities.
    A Vision of a Downtown Arts Campus
    Wednesday, September 5, 2012
    Central Library

    Officials at the University of Missouri-Kansas City recently announced their intention to relocate many of their fine arts efforts to downtown. Planners envision an urban ecosystem of cafes, restaurants, bookstores, and shops — as well as private studios and recital rooms, additional housing and even small hotels.

    A panel of arts experts – among them Jacqueline Chanda, president of the Kansas City Art Institute, and Peter Witte, dean of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance discuss the possibilities and challenges of a downtown arts campus. The panel will be moderated by Mike Burke, chairman of the mayor’s Task Force on the Arts.

  • Hoover biographer George H. Nash argues that our 31st president was a far more dynamic, accomplished,  and remarkable figure than the stereotypes suggest.
    George H. Nash - Herbert Hoover
    Thursday, August 30, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Seemingly austere and reportedly passive in the face of a national economic calamity, Herbert Hoover is somewhat of a political orphan. But biographer George H. Nash argues that Hoover was a much more dynamic, accomplished, and remarkable figure than the hoary stereotypes suggest.

    Between 1975 and 1995 Nash lived in Iowa near the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, where he prepared three volumes of the definitive biography of the 31st president.

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

  • Just in time for Labor Day, archivist and author Lincoln Cushing explores the history and rich graphic tradition of classic American labor posters and organized labor’s impact on American life.
    Lincoln Cushing - Agitate! Educate! Organize!
    Wednesday, August 29, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Classic American labor posters were created with the dual purpose of entertaining and informing.

    Now, just in time for Labor Day, Lincoln Cushing, co-author of Agitate! Educate! Organize!, shares the history and rich graphic tradition of labor posters, in the process revealing much about the experiences of working people in the U.S.

    Born in Cuba, Cushing is a librarian, archivist, author and lecturer. Among his books is Revolución!: Cuban Poster Art. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Labor Studies at UMKC.

  • Author Margot McMillen explores how a protest by thousands of women at the 1916 Democratic National Convention in St. Louis helped making voting rights for women a reality.
    Margot McMillen - The Golden Lane: How Missouri Women Gained the Vote and Changed History
    Thursday, August 23, 2012
    Plaza Branch

    Margot McMillen, author of The Golden Lane, explores how a protest by thousands of women at the 1916 Democratic National Convention in St. Louis changed minds and helped make voting rights for women a reality. Her presentation coincides with Women’s Empowerment Week.

    McMillen is an adjunct instructor of English at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and farms in rural Callaway County.

  • On the 149th anniversary of  his raid on Lawrence, Kansas confederate guerilla leader William Clarke Quantrill (portrayed by Aaron Worley) discusses his bloody and controversial career as a Civil War bushwhacker. The session is being taped for later broadcast by KCPT-TV.
    Meet the Past - William Clarke Quantrill
    Tuesday, August 21, 2012
    Central Library

    Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with William Clarke Quantrill, portrayed by Aaron Worley, on the 149th anniversary of Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Kansas.

    Quantrill earned notoriety for the 1863 raid on the abolitionist stronghold of Lawrence, in which some 180 unarmed men and boys were killed.

    The event will be taped by KCPT for later broadcast.

  • Novelist Thomas Mallon uses both drama and satire to take us behind the scenes of America’s biggest, wildest, most traumatic political scandal.
    Thomas Mallon - Watergate
    Thursday, August 9, 2012
    Central Library

    Many historians have written about the Watergate conspiracy. But can a novelist throw new light on this traumatic moment in American political history?

    Thomas Mallon does just that in Watergate, using drama and comedy to take readers behind the scenes of a national scandal, creating “a universal tragicomedy of ludicrous errors and malignant crimes, epic hubris and sorrow.”

    Mallon is the author of Henry and Clara, Two Moons, Dewey Defeats Truman, and Aurora 7.