Indie Lens Pop-Up
The Library and KCPT–Kansas City PBS screen the acclaimed 2016 documentary spotlighting the famed essayist, novelist, poet, and champion of agrarian life, Wendell Berry, who’s now decrying the encroachment of industrial agriculture on the land he loves. A discussion follows.
Dramatic Story Time
Coterie Theatre artists resume their monthly interactive story times for children and their parents, reading from Michael Rosen’s award-winning classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Young audience members can “jump into the story,” adding their own improvisation. Appropriate for all ages.
How do great books get written? Author and noted created writing teacher Margot Livesey delves into the inner workings of fiction, exploring the novels of Jane Austen, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf, among others, and recounting her own journey as a writer.
In a discussion of his book The First Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Transformed: Road to Victory in Desert Storm, 1970-1991, retired colonel and Desert Storm veteran Gregory Fontenot examines the revamping of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division – the Fort Riley, Kansas-based “Big Red One” – and its subsequent success in the Middle East.
Jonathan Abel of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College sets the record straight on one of the more inspiring – but somewhat mythicized – chapters of World War II: Resistance forces and other Frenchmen uniting behind Charles de Gaulle and the cause of ending German occupation.
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife, Dianne Cleaver, recognize local high school artists amid an exhibit of their works at the Central Library, part of the nationwide Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute.
Author Laila Lalami discusses her acclaimed novel The Moor’s Account, a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It retells the story of the fateful 16th-century Narváez expedition to the New World through the eyes of a surviving Moroccan slave.
In the keynote address for the Quindaro Symposium, held April 19-21 in Kansas City, Kansas, historian Quintard Taylor explores the history of the Quindaro region from 1855-65, and the nexus between border fighting and freedom for the enslaved.