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Signature Event Archive
Search the Signature Event Archive to discover past Library events. Watch videos, hear speaker interviews, and listen to audio recordings of previous presentations. Search by keyword (event title, subject, or presenter name), location or by date range.
Barbara Brackman – quilter, quilting historian, and author – examines quilt making in Missouri with a Kentucky connection and 19th-century African American quilts stitched in Kentucky and Tennessee. She then joins the Library’s Anne Kniggendorf in a conversation about the historic and modern significance of quilting.
Andrew McCarthy may be best known for his membership in Hollywood’s Brat Pack and roles in classic films including St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, and Weekend at Bernie’s. Also a writer and author, he discusses his latest book, Walking with Sam: A Father, a Son, and Five Hundred Miles Across Spain, recounting a five-week, relationship-altering pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago with his young adult son Sam.
West Bottoms Whiskey Co. founder Alex Lindsey examines a captivating element in the rich history of Kansas City’s West Bottoms: the distillation, distribution, and consumption of liquor. A master distiller, he discusses the pre-Prohibition era that influences and inspires his own whiskey making.
Jackie Nguyen, founder of Café Cà Phê, highlights the second installment of the Library’s four-part series on how to make entrepreneurship in Kansas City more inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, and liberating – more IDEAL for all.
Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. at the Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery for a collage workshop overseen by artist and Library Exhibits Specialist Craig Auge. Take inspiration from 94 works on the walls around you, part of the National Collage Society’s annual Small-Format Exhibition. The workshop is open to both beginning and experienced artists of any age. All materials are provided.
Jay Nordlinger has gained a reputation for open-mindedness in writing about politics, foreign affairs, and the arts, among other subjects, for National Review. He takes stock of journalism today, examining the roles of reporters, columnists, and editors and the practice of straight vs. opinion journalism. What’s good and bad? And how does one navigate this media environment?
In the latest installment of the Library’s Conflict and Crisis series, a panel of military historians and experts from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College examines the biggest and most dangerous concern in Sino-American relations today: Taiwan and the threat of forced reunification with its neighboring giant, China.
In the latest installment of the Library’s Making a Great City series, University of Virginia transit historian Peter Norton examines the need to revise our concept of city streets. They’re now so car- and speed-centric that they deter walking even where it would be a practical (and more affordable and sustainable) mode of everyday mobility.
Buki Papillon, winner of the 2022 Maya Angelou Book Award
Buki Papillon’s acclaimed debut novel An Ordinary Wonder revolves around an intersex Nigerian teenager whose gender at birth is unclear, leading to their incorrect designation as male. Papillon talks to the Library's Kaite Stover about how the book delves into African belief systems, superstitions, and folklore to fully root the tale in the African nation, as well as to humanize and add weight and depth to the character’s challenge.
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre offers the second of two free Library performances of the ripple, the wave that carried me home, a moving exploration of a family’s response to injustice and a daughter’s reckoning with her political inheritance. It’s part of the 2023 KC Rep for All community tour, bringing productions to audiences where they live.