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From physical risk to psychological strain, the COVID-19 pandemic has weighed heavily on our nation’s health care workforce for more than 2½ years. Patrick Robinson, president of Kansas City’s Research College of Nursing, joins a panel of nurses in examining those burdens and the ongoing impact of the outbreak on frontline medical staff – nurses in particular.
Military historian Harry S. Laver of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College explores Ulysses S. Grant’s early struggles as a battlefield commander – marked by his first test against Confederate troops near Belmont, Missouri – and his maturation into an architect of Union victory as the Civil War continued.
In a discussion drawing from her book White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality, Georgetown University law professor Sheryll Cashin examines what she calls America’s system of modern-day residential caste – geographic lines cemented by discriminatory practices “that divide America into racialized spaces of high and low opportunity.”
Memphis, a sprawling, river-flanked, music- and barbecue-imbued city about 7½ hours to the south, offers some important lessons in development for Kansas City. Memphis’ chief operating officer, Doug McGowen, discusses its use of data-driven policies in monitoring and managing growth in the latest installment of the Library’s Making a Great City series.
Seventy-five years after the real-life trial it depicts, Mark Hull of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College assesses the historical accuracy of the acclaimed 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg. The presentation, part of the Hollywood vs. History series, comes amid Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine and questions about wartime atrocities and their prosecution.
Missouri Poet Laureate Maryfrances Wagner and her counterpart in Kansas, Huascar Medina, talk about their work, their respective roles as their states’ leading poets, and the enduring importance of poetry. The Library’s Anne Kniggendorf moderates the discussion.
Chris Raschka has illustrated more than 40 books, winning Caldecott Medals forThe Hello, Goodbye Window in 2005 and A Ball for Daisy in 2012. He discusses his work and other Caldecott-honored titles with Crystal Faris, the Library's deputy director for youth and family engagement, in a special event co-presented by The Rabbit hOle, the new Kansas City museum experience dedicated to children’s books.
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer points to what he sees as the reasons for the erosion of public trust in today’s major media, laid out in his book Suppression, Deception, Snobbery, and Bias: Why the Press Gets So Much Wrong – and Just Doesn't Care. Washington Post columnist David Von Drehle moderates an expansive, both-sides-of-the-issue Q&A session.
Marking this year’s observance of Banned Books Week from September 18-24, a panel of veteran librarians from Kansas City-area library systems examines the issue and walks through a range of books that have been targeted for removal or restriction in public libraries and schools.