Internationally known photojournalist and writer B.A. Van Sise discusses his exhibition Invited to Life, featuring selected black-and-white portraits from his 90-photograph, four-essay book Invited to Life: Finding Hope After the Holocaust. Van Sise traveled the United States for four years, documenting the lives and experiences of more than 150 Holocaust survivors.
Drawing from copious research and interviews with principal participants for his new book Mafia Dreams: A True Crime Saga of Young Men at the End of an Era, author and former law enforcement officer Frank Hayde recounts the FBI’s efforts in the 1990s to stamp out the vestiges of organized crime in Kansas City.
Writers for Readers, one of Kansas City's premier literary events, returns with an exciting lineup featuring celebrated author Lan Samantha Chang in conversation with UMKC's Whitney Terrell and the announcement of this year's Maya Angelou Book Award winner for poetry.
When the leaves start to change and the air gets cool, it’s time for … fall, of course! Make crafts to celebrate this colorful time of year: leaf prints, corn mosaics, and more (while supplies last). Recommended for ages 3 and up.
In a discussion in conjunction with his Library exhibition A Survey of Elemental Gratitude, an arresting collection of photographs of Kansas’ Flint Hills and the plant and animal life they sustain, photographer Philip Heying considers what the grasslands tell us about our relationship with – and responsibility to – that iconic prairie environment.
As Vladimir Putin engages in nuclear saber-rattling amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, military historian Gates Brown of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College looks back at the greatest threat of nuclear confrontation in our history: the tense stare-down between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
You may or may not be afraid of spiders. But there’s definitely no need to fear this arachnid-y activity. Make colorful spider webs and spider slime (while supplies last). Recommended for ages 3 and up.