Event Video

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  • 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.

  • To mark the 20th anniversary of  the fall of the Berlin Wall, author Romesh Ratnesar discusses how the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev  led to Reagan’s famous “Tear  Down This Wall” speech.
    Tear Down This Wall: A City, A President, and the Speech that Ended the Cold War
    Thursday, November 5, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Berlin Wall

    To mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, author Romesh Ratnesar discusses how the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev led to Reagan's famous "Tear Down This Wall" speech and the end of the Cold War.

  • Award-winning journalist Jeff Benedict shares the story of Susette Kelo, the woman whose quest to save her house landed her in the center of a national debate on eminent domain.
    Jeff Benedict: Little Pink House
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Legal Battles: David vs. Goliath

    Award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict discusses his new book Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Be a part of the final KCPT taping of Meet the Past as the director of the Kansas City Public Library interviews the famous (and infamous) abolitionist
    Meet the Past: John Brown
    Tuesday, September 1, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    John Brown: Abolitionist

    Production for the Meet the Past television series concludes in September with a final program taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air in prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with the Kansas City-born musician who was instrumental in the development of bebop and became one of the most well-known jazz artists in America
    Meet the Past: Charlie Parker
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Charlie Parker: Jazz Icon

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in August with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air in prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.

    Meet the Past features Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by local actors and veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.

  • Eli Paul discusses the role marketing played in shaping American public opinion during World War I
    Eli Paul: Art and Advertising as Tools of War
    Thursday, August 20, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    War & Visual Media

    National World War I Museum Vice President of Museum Programs Eli Paul discusses the role marketing, and specifically printed posters, played in shaping public opinion during World War I on Thursday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.