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There may be no more ardent disciple of literature today than John Freeman, founder of Freeman’s anthology of new writing and the former editor of Granta. In his new Dictionary of the Undoing, he takes exception to what he sees as a great affront in these agitated times—an assault on language that’s robbing words of the meanings they once had.
Quinton Lucas, Tara Raghuveer, Stacey Johnson-Cosby, Sam Alpert, Tiana Caldwell, Nick Haines
Nearly two years after the Library and KCPT-Kansas City PBS launched an examination of affordable housing in the city, what has changed? Mayor Quinton Lucas, who campaigned on the issue, joins a panel discussion and assessment of where KC now stands and might be headed. KCPT’s Nick Haines moderates.
Adrienne Walker Hoard began her long relationship with South Africa’s Ndzundza Ndebele people in 1996. The country was settling into democratization, and she would observe over two decades of visits how it impacted the life and art of the Ndebeles' exceptionally creative women.
Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping. Make it a playful “Bright Light Friday” instead, singing, dancing, and celebrating the start of the Christmas season with kid rocker Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove. Appropriate for all ages.
Thirty years ago, a peaceful demonstration by university students in the Czechoslovakian capital of Prague set off a chain of events that effectively brought communist rule in the country to an end. Based on actual events, the 2014 film Listopad: A Memory of the Velvet Revolution tells the story of three teenage boys who were swept up in the 10-day bloodless overthrow. The Library screens the 90-minute, Czech-language film (with English subtitles). Producer Jeffrey Brown then leads a discussion of the impact of nonviolent action by ordinary, engaged citizens, which in 1989 was instrumental in transforming authoritarian rule into democracy.
Adam Arredondo, executive director of the KC Startup Foundation, and Maria Meyers, executive director of the UMKC Innovation Center and founder of SourceLink, offer insight into the exciting entrepreneurship environment in KC and engage attendees in generating new ideas about how the city can establish itself as a hotbed for entrepreneurship. The event precedes the closing of the three-week Library exhibit UpStart on Thursday, December 5.
Author John A. Farrell examines our nation’s 37th president and the relevance of his career and complex legacy in the era of Trump in a discussion of Farrell’s biography Richard Nixon: The Life, a 2018 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.