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  • United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the role  of the courts in our democracy and advocates a pragmatic approach to the law that applies unchanging constitutional values to  ever-changing circumstances.
    Stephen Breyer - Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View
    Thursday, December 8, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the role of the Court in American government and explains why he believes the justices should interpret the Constitution in a way that works in practice as well as in theory.

    Breyer rejects approaches that look exclusively at the Constitution’s text or the 18th century views of the framers and instead advocates a pragmatic approach that applies unchanging constitutional values to ever-changing circumstances.

    Co-sponsored by the Truman Library Institute.

  • University of Kansas history professor Theodore Wilson commemorates the 70th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor  with a discussion of the immediate and lasting effects the attack had  on the nation and the Midwest.
    Theodore Wilson: Pearl Harbor and the Heartland, Seventy Years On
    Sunday, December 4, 2011
    Central Library

    The images of the military destruction suffered on December 7, 1941, and the words that followed by President Franklin Roosevelt have been seared into the American collective consciousness, but what was the immediate impact on Midwesterners living thousands of miles away?

    University of Kansas history professor Theodore Wilson commemorates the 70th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor with a discussion of the immediate and lasting effects the attack had on the nation and the Midwest.

  • To close out Global Entrepreneurship Week,  Clara Reyes discusses how her newspaper, Dos Mundos, has grown to become an innovative, beneficial source of information and education for the Hispanic community.
    A Conversation with Clara Reyes
    Friday, November 18, 2011
    Central Library

    Global Entrepreneurship Week closes as Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with Clara Reyes, founder of the Kansas City bilingual newspaper, Dos Mundos.

  • Ollie Gates discusses how his family restaurant, Gates Bar-B-Q, has served as a tasty calling card for Kansas City on the national food scene since its inception in 1946.
    A Conversation with Ollie Gates
    Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    Central Library

    For more than 60 years, the name Ollie Gates has been synonymous with Kansas City-style barbeque, sauces, and their trademark greeting, “Hi! May I help you?” Reception courtesy of Gates Bar-B-Q.

  • Swedish author Steve Sem-Sandberg discusses his award-winning novel The Emperor of Lies – a work of historical fiction set in the Lódz ghetto and centered on its controversial leader Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski.
    Steve Sem-Sandberg - Emperor of Lies: A Novel
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011
    Central Library

    In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second largest Jewish ghetto in Poland. The ghetto’s chosen leader, Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, realized that his survival rested on his ability to make the ghetto indispensable and set out to transform it into a productive industrial complex, forcing adults and children to work punishing hours to provide supplies for the German military.

  • To kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week, Kansas City’s “bean baron” Danny O’Neill discusses the founding and continued success of The Roasterie, which started in the basement of his Brookside home.
    A Conversation with Danny O'Neill
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Kansas City’s self-described “bean baron” Danny O’Neill discusses the founding and continued success of The Roasterie, which he started in the basement of his Brookside home in 1993. Continental breakfast courtesy of The Roasterie.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda presents an insider’s account of The Baker Street Irregulars – an association of Holmes fanatics who delight in playful scholarship relating to the most famous detective of all time.
    Michael Dirda - On Conan Doyle: or, The Whole Art of Storytelling
    Monday, November 14, 2011
    Central Library

    A lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirdaa presents an insider’s account of The Baker Street Irregulars – a worldwide association of Holmes fanatics who delight in curious and playful scholarship relating to the most famous detective of all time.

  • Preeminent American Civil War scholar Michael Fellman examines the robbery, arson, torture, murder, and raids that characterized this  most uncivil of wars in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands during the 1850s-60s.
    Michael Fellman - "I Came Not to Bring Peace, but a Sword"
    Thursday, November 10, 2011
    Central Library

    Michael Fellman, a preeminent scholar of the American Civil War and an expert on the guerilla warfare that characterized the conflict in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands, considers how perfectly ordinary Americans could revise their moral and religious beliefs to justify such extraordinary violence with relative ease. Selectively picking texts from Holy Scripture, they assembled a war God perfectly suited to their actions out of Christian belief.

  • Celebrated actor Hal Holbrook discusses his beautifully moving new memoir, Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain, in a special public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III.
    Hal Holbrook Tonight
    Wednesday, November 9, 2011
    Central Library

    Renowned stage and screen actor Hal Holbrook visits the Kansas City Public Library on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 for a public conversation about his beautifully moving new memoir, Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Biographer David O. Stewart discusses his new portrait of  Aaron Burr – America’s third vice president and one of the most daring, and possibly deluded, figures in our nation’s history.
    David Stewart - American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America
    Thursday, November 3, 2011
    Central Library

    Historian and constitutional lawyer David Stewart discusses his new biography of Aaron Burr – America’s third vice president and one of the most daring, and possibly deluded, figures in our nation’s history.