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Signature Event Archive
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Indigenous artists featured in the Library exhibition The Heart Is a Fist talk about their inspirations and techniques in a panel discussion moderated by Kreshaun McKinney, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s director of learning and engagement.
Michael Stein, a primary care physician for more than 30 years and a professor of health law, policy, and management at Boston University, discusses his book Broke and its telling look at how patients’ financial challenges complicate every decision they make in life. Talking to patients about their finances, he says, helps doctors determine how to treat them.
Poets and writers are often the most dangerous of resistors. In the 1930s, Joseph Stalin put Ukrainian-born poet Anna Akhmatova on his watch list for writing what he deemed to be subversive poetry that worked to undermine his regime. Without access to printing presses, and because publication was dangerous, Akhmatova disseminated her poetry by word of mouth.
Kansas City-area journalist Christopher Leonard returns to the Library to discuss his new book The Lords of Easy Money with Kansas City Star journalist David Hudnall. The book examines a process called “quantitative easing,” which Leonard says has distorted the domestic financial markets, widened disparities between rich and poor, and spurred riskier loan activity at banks.
Director Ridley Scott takes a sweeping look back to the Crusades and the brutal fighting between Christians and Muslims over the First Kingdom of Jerusalem in his epic 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven. How much did he get right?
Participants from Glenn North’s May 1 poetry workshop take the stage to share their work. The readings draw heavily from U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s themes of memory, homeland, tribal history, and Native rights in her book An American Sunrise, the centerpiece of the Library’s two-month Big Read 2022.
Maybe you know Molière. If not … well, Kansas City’s French roots lend a connection to the great French playwright, who may rank second only to Shakespeare in the theatrical universe. So profound was his influence that the French language is often referred to as “the language of Molière.”
There was no greater boon to Kansas City’s early development than the opening of the Hannibal Bridge in 1869. Designed by civil engineer Octave Chanute, it was the first railway to span the Missouri River and transformed a Western frontier town into a commercial hub. Most notably, it gave rise to the West Bottoms’ stockyards industry.