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  • The Kansas City Public Library Director interviews George Caleb Bingham, a great American genre painter—portrayed by re-enactor Robert Gibby Brand—in  celebration of his 200th birthday.
    Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III: George Caleb Bingham
    Sunday, March 20, 2011
    This event will take place at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Admission is free, but a ticket is required. To reserve your free ticket(s) contact the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art at 816.751.1278.

    Your registration information will be shared by the Kansas City Public Library and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

    Location: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

    Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with George Caleb Bingham, whose paintings of Missouri and the American frontier have earned him a reputation as one of America’s greatest genre painters of the 19th century.

  • Kansas City-based independent writer and producer Jack Cashill discusses his latest book in which he contends President Barack Obama did not write his 1995 bestselling autobiography, Dreams from My Father, or his 2006 bestseller, The Audacity of Hope.
    Jack Cashill: Deconstructing Obama
    Thursday, February 17, 2011
    Plaza Branch

    Kansas City-based independent writer and producer Jack Cashill discusses his latest book in which he contends President Barack Obama did not write his 1995 bestselling autobiography, Dreams from My Father, or his 2006 bestseller, The Audacity of Hope.

    In Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves, and Letters of America’s First Postmodern President, Cashill contends nothing in Obama’s history suggests he was capable of writing either book. Indeed, Cashill concludes that the real author of Dreams from My Father was Bill Ayers.

  • Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns
    Meet the Past: Edgar Snow
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010
    Central Library

    Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with Edgar Snow, as portrayed by local actor Bob Brand.

  • Harry S. Truman Book Award winner Steven Casey explains how the Truman and Eisenhower administrations shaped public opinion and influenced the media during the Korean War.
    Steven Casey: Selling the Korean War
    Tuesday, July 13, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    Steven Casey discusses his new book Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion in the United States on Tuesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

    The book, which won the 2010 Harry S. Truman Book Award, explains how the Truman and Eisenhower administrations shaped public discourse about the Korean War, influenced media, and gained political and public support.

  • Housekeeping author Marilynne Robinson discusses her award-winning novel and this year’s Big Read selection with Angela Elam of New Letters on the Air.
    A Conversation with Marilynne Robinson
    Wednesday, May 12, 2010
    Plaza Branch

    The Big Read brings author Marilynne Robinson to Kansas City on Wednesday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., for a discussion of Housekeeping and her literary career with Angela Elam of New Letters on the Air, who will record the conversation before a live audience for later broadcast.

  • An Evening With Lewis Lapham
    Wednesday, April 7, 2010
    Central Library

    Lately, schools and colleges everywhere in the United States have been discarding studies in the humanities as if they were idle luxuries and excess baggage, according to noted editor and author Lewis Lapham. He argues this policy is ill-advised. Instead, Lapham suggests that no other set of studies is more necessary for realizing a future that doesn’t look like a Hollywood disaster movie.

  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post book critic offers a stirring introduction to Kansas City’s 2010 Big Read selection, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.
    Housekeeping Tips from Michael Dirda
    Tuesday, April 6, 2010
    Central Library

    Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda introduces Kansas City’s 2010 Big Read selection—Marilynne Robinson’s novel Housekeeping—on Tuesday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Celebrate the Grand Re-Opening  of the Lucile H. Bluford Branch with  Guion Bluford, the first black astronaut in space and nephew of Lucile Bluford.
    An Evening with Guion Bluford
    Friday, March 5, 2010
    Central Library

    A weekend of events celebrating the grand reopening of the Lucile H. Bluford Branch begins with a presentation at the Central Library by Guion Bluford, the nephew of civil rights pioneer Lucile Bluford, about his experiences as America's first black astronaut in space.

    A veteran of four space missions, Bluford is an engineer and a colonel (retired) in the United States Air Force. His first mission in space was in 1983 as a member of the crew of the space shuttle Challenger.

  • Library Director Crosby Kemper III hosts a conversation on humanities studies and the future of America’s place in the world with Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and Princeton University engineering professor David Billington.
    Monitoring the Humanistic Heartbeat Of America
    Thursday, January 21, 2010
    Central Library

     Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III hosts a conversation about humanities studies and the future of America's position in the world with brothers James H. and David Billington on Thursday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

    James Billington, the librarian of Congress, will discuss why the decline of humanities studies has diminished America's position in the world.

  • Author Roderick Townley discusses his new book, an off-center fairy tale that deals with timely  issues -- greed, prejudice, and the cost of loyalty -- with a light touch.
    Roderick Townley: The Blue Shoe
    Friday, December 4, 2009
    Plaza Branch

    The Kansas City Public Library welcomes author Roderick Townley for a presentation based on his new book The Blue Shoe:  A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes.