Irish comedian and writer Maeve Higgins, a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, discusses her new book Tell Everyone on This Train I Love Them, a collection of observations about life in America. Her conversation with the Library's Kaite Stover is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Irish Center as part of its annual Outrageous Women event.
In a discussion of his book Mount Washington Cemetery: In Search of Lost Time, local historian Bruce Mathews spotlights the contributions of those buried in the historic cemetery – including mountain man Jim Bridger and newspaper mogul William Rockhill Nelson – and examines efforts to preserve its historically significant landmarks.
The Library celebrates the opening of its multifaceted exhibition Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights – an Exhibit and a Response with a public reception in the Central Library’s Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery. Two of the exhibition’s curators, Kansas City Art Institute visiting professor Ruben Castillo and UMKC’s Stuart Hinds, offer remarks.
In an extraordinary community forum, local leaders and national experts examine the troubling patterns of violent discriminatory policing and how, collaboratively, we can build a more restorative justice system. National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial and Gwen Grant of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City examine the issues, before Donald Cravins Jr., the National Urban League’s executive vice president and COO, moderates a panel discussion.
This half-day workshop in honor of World Doll Day kicks off with a keynote presentation by Lenexa author Elizabeth Bunce, who just released her third book about 12-year-old amateur sleuth Myrtle Hardcastle. The first 250 registered attendees receive a free doll.
Military historian Harry S. Laver of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College separates fact from Hollywood fiction in one of the most acclaimed Civil War films ever made, 1989’s Glory. It spotlights the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first African American units to fight for the North in the war, and its commander, Col. Robert Gould Shaw.