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John Musgrave has been candid about his Vietnam War experiences and related struggles, notably as a featured voice in Ken Burns’ documentary series The Vietnam War and most recently in an acclaimed memoir, The Education of Corporal John Musgrave. In a special Library event, the Independence native discusses the book and his life during and since the war.
Alexander Chee, Whitney Terrell, V.V. Ganeshananthan
Writers for Readers
Writers for Readers returns with a special lineup featuring celebrated author Alexander Chee and the announcement of the winner of the second annual Maya Angelou Book Award. Proceeds from this fundraising event go in part to support the award and benefit an ongoing partnership between the Kansas City Public Library and UMKC's MFA Program in Creative Writing, enabling graduate students to teach writing classes at the Library.
Military historian Dirk Ringgenberg assesses the historical accuracy of the 2001 film Black Hawk Down, which depicts the horrific battle that erupted when U.S. forces attempted to capture two lieutenants of a notorious Somali warlord in 1993. The presentation is part of the Hollywood vs. History series in partnership with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Bach Aria Soloists, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
In a special Library event, Kansas City’s Bach Aria Soloists and performers with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival meld scenes spotlighting some of Shakespeare’s most formidable women with the music of trailblazing female composers – from Italy’s Barbara Strozzi to Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, the first woman to compose an opera in France.
From physical risk to psychological strain, the COVID-19 pandemic has weighed heavily on our nation’s health care workforce for more than 2½ years. Patrick Robinson, president of Kansas City’s Research College of Nursing, joins a panel of nurses in examining those burdens and the ongoing impact of the outbreak on frontline medical staff – nurses in particular.
Drawing from some two decades of interviews and conversations, chronicled in his recently released book John “Buck” O’Neil: The Rookie, His Words, His Voice, author and baseball historian Phil S. Dixon discusses the Kansas City and Negro Leagues icon – from O’Neil’s upbringing in Florida to his career in baseball as a player, manager, and scout.
Organizers and participants in Kansas City’s 2022 Art in the Loop Project: Sustainable look back on the artistic works and performances featured from June to September. A presentation highlights all the offerings, and selected artists present their works and discuss their experiences.
Military historian Harry S. Laver of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College explores Ulysses S. Grant’s early struggles as a battlefield commander – marked by his first test against Confederate troops near Belmont, Missouri – and his maturation into an architect of Union victory as the Civil War continued.
In a discussion drawing from her book White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality, Georgetown University law professor Sheryll Cashin examines what she calls America’s system of modern-day residential caste – geographic lines cemented by discriminatory practices “that divide America into racialized spaces of high and low opportunity.”