Kunio Watanabe, William R. Farrell
HAJAS Speakers Event
Kunio Watanabe and William R. Farrell –leaders in the fields of international business and U.S.-Japan relations – discuss the economic and political links between the two nations and explain how the relationship might change under a Trump administration.
Every Street is Charlotte Street
Glenn North, the inaugural poet laureate of Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz District, discusses his work as an accomplished poet and spoken word artist, sharing passages from his recently published City of Song.
Irish immigrants were the first large ethnic group to settle in Kansas City and literally helped carve out its skyline, cutting roads into the limestone bluffs at the edge of the Missouri River. They laid miles of bricks and rails, butchered livestock, and kicked down barriers at City Hall and the courthouse for themselves and generations to come.
Missouri Valley Sundays
In 1894, when women’s lives and choices were restricted and their influence was limited, a group of Kansas Citians answered a call to “stand shoulder to shoulder in the uplifting of the mental, moral, and physical status of our city.” They established the Kansas City Athenaeum women’s club, which advocated in ensuing decades for improved health, education, and public safety throughout the city.
Dramatic Story Time
Coterie Theatre artists read from Mac Barnett’s and Jon Klassen’s witty, award-winning story of two young boys looking – and digging – for something extraordinary. Young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation.
Suitable for all ages.
Suitable for all ages.
Jake Heggie, Gene Scheer
The odds of a new opera lasting beyond a single production are long. Jake Heggie defied them with his first full composition, an adaptation of Sister Helen Prejean’s best-selling book Dead Man Walking, which has been seen in close to 50 productions worldwide since premiering in San Francisco in 2000.
Colleen McCain Nelson, Derek Donovan, Dave Helling, Melinda Henneberger, Steve Kraske, Lee Judge, Mary Sanchez
When introduced in January with the rest of The Kansas City Star’s revamped editorial board, new editorial page Editor Colleen McCain Nelson asserted that the newspaper “is redoubling its efforts to take a leading role in civil public discourse and to deliver unique, impactful opinion content.”
María Rosa Menocal Lecture Series
Francine Prose describes herself as a “sentence person” – a best-selling author, reviewer, distinguished writer in residence at Bard College, and former president of PEN American Center, the New York-based free speech organization.