In a script-in-hand performance commemorating Labor Day, members of Kansas City’s Equity Actors' Readers' Theatre (EARTh) read selections from Terkel’s best-selling and perhaps best-known book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.
Making a Great City
Nationally renowned urban thinker Chuck Marohn, who kicked off the Library’s Making a Great City series in January, returns to assess the crucial takeaways from all three sessions, including the advisability of an incremental, neighborhoods-first approach to development in cities such as Kansas City.
Jamie Bernstein, David Charles Abell
Jamie Bernstein, the eldest daughter of revered composer Leonard Bernstein, and David Charles Abell, who is conducting the Lyric Opera’s production of the Bernstein-scored West Side Story in September, discuss the younger Bernstein’s intimate new book about her father.
Friday Night Family Fun
Take a walk on the wild side! Learn all about animals – where they’re from, what they eat, and their status in their natural habitat – during an educational program that brings wildlife to you. For all ages.
Brian Turner, Rita Brock, George Dent
Veterans Writing Workshop
The Veterans Writing Workshop opens with a public presentation featuring Iraq War veteran, author, and poet Brian Turner; Rita Brock, senior vice president of moral injury programs for Volunteers of America; and George Dent, a trauma/PTSD psychologist. They discuss PTSD and other traumas and how creative arts, including writing, can further recovery.
Aaron Barnhart, Diane Eickhoff
Missouri Valley Sundays
Public historians Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart recall how hundreds of women defied cultural norms of the time to participate in the Civil War, cutting their hair, binding their breasts, donning men’s clothing, and reporting to army recruiters for duty. Others served as scouts or spies.
Gregory S. Hospodor
Military historian Gregory Hospodor examines the Allies’ “bitter” World War II victory of 1943, a massive invasion of Sicily that took the first bite out of the Axis’ homeland – but not before the escape of some 114,000 German and Italian troops along with vehicles, supplies, and ammunition.
In a discussion of her new book Babies Made Us Modern: How Infants Brought Americans into the Twentieth Century, Rutgers University historian Janet Golden examines how America’s modern era was propelled, in part, by a quest to keep its youngest and smallest citizens alive, disease-free, well fed, and happy.