Thomas E. Ward II
Thomas E. Ward of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College traces the history and impact of a weapon that occupies a special place in our country’s military history. Development of M1 Garand rifle was rocky. But once it reached World War II battlefields, it became a game-changer.
Searching the Psyche Through Cinema
The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema series returns with psychological studies of films helmed by female directors. Leading off: a screening and discussion of Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird (2017; R), the acclaimed coming-of-age story of a California high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) and her turbulent relationship with her loving but strong-willed mother.
William I. Hitchcock
University of Virginia historian William I. Hitchcock takes stock of Dwight Eisenhower’s far-reaching legacy as president in a discussion of his book The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s. It launches a series of events coinciding with the new Library exhibit Eisenhower’s Middle Road.
There’s a certain uneasiness about former concentration camps, ghettos, and other sites associated with the Holocaust being draws for tourists. But Grinnell College scholar Daniel Reynolds points to a valuable upside: Public interest has spurred officials to ensure what’s said and exhibited about the Nazis’ atrocities and Jewish suffering is accurate.
Benjamin Todd Wills
Kansas City artist Ben Wills details his outreach to prisoners and how it has affected his approach to his work. The presentation coincides with the Library exhibit Airplanes, which features a collection of expressive and revealing paper airplanes that inmates have sent to Wills over the years.