Pennsylvania State University’s Nina Safran kicks off a series exploring connections between contemporary issues and medieval concepts of race, gender and identity, discussing “She Nourishes Them According to Her Religion”: Interfaith Marriage, Conversion, and Transmission of Culture in the Medieval Islamic World.
Friday Night Family Fun
The Jazz at Lincoln Center digital concert series again spills into Friday Night Family Fun with a streamed presentation of the jazz piano extravaganza Handful of Keys. Four generations of master pianists reveal the full breadth of the instrument’s evolution over the past century. For all ages.
Missouri Valley Sundays
Commemorating Women’s History Month, University of Missouri-Kansas City social historian Sandra Enríquez identifies and examines some of the female immigrants – past and more contemporary – who were instrumental in shaping Kansas City’s politics, culture, and society.
The Library continues its examination of immigration in America, exploring the challenges of living in a new country and culture and balancing the traditions and values of homes left behind. The presentation, Between Two Worlds: Identity and Acculturation, features the screening of an episode of the award-winning documentary The New Americans and a subsequent discussion led by University of Missouri-Kansas City historian Sandra Enriquez.
Nearing Kansas City’s April 2 primary, the sprawling field of hopefuls to succeed outgoing Mayor Sly James gathers for a public forum soliciting their stands on the city’s most pressing issues. Nick Haines of KCPT-Kansas City PBS moderates. Audience members can get involved, submitting their own questions.
Internationally renowned Dutch architect Matthijs Bouw discusses today’s increased attention to urban resilience – preparing cities for challenges ranging from climate change to threats of a pandemic or cyberattack to the more chronic stresses of inadequate infrastructure.
Brian Steed, a military historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and Middle East foreign area officer, discusses the Middle East’s emergence during World War II as a key battleground and vital element in America’s national security – a view that persists to this day.
Tom Tudor, once a sentinel and commander of the relief at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknowns, traces the story of the cemetery from its Civil War origins to today. Included is a look at President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s place in its history, presiding over the interment of World War II and Korean War soldiers in the Tomb of the Unknowns in 1958.