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The Kansas City Symphony continues its series of free outdoor chamber concerts at the Library, with a string quintet – violins, viola, cello, and base – performing on a mobile stage in the parking area outside the Irene H. Ruize Branch. To protect attendees, Library staff, and the musicians, all are asked to maintain social distancing and wear masks.
Science has always been interwoven in our daily lives but perhaps never as noticeably – and for some, uncomfortably – as it is amid our struggles now to respond to the COVID-19, pandemic, climate change, and other global challenges.
New York University’s Michael Strevens pulls back the curtain on the process of science.
The model for fairly selecting judges across much of our country is known as the Missouri Plan, born some 80 years ago in response to the political manipulations of notorious Kansas City boss Tom Pendergast.
The Library’s long, popular partnership with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth resumes with the first in a new series of online presentations. Military historian Louis DiMarco recounts the largest and perhaps most important battle fought by the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II, now strangely all but forgotten.
From Huckleberry Finn to Harry Potter. From The Great Gatsby to The Giving Tree. For all our talk of the First Amendment and freedom of speech, America has a long and troubling history of banning books … in schools, in libraries, even across entire cities.
The Kansas City Symphony continues its series of free outdoor chamber concerts at the Library, with a woodwind quintet – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn – performing on a mobile stage in the parking area outside the L.H. Bluford Branch.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pop culture icon – “the Notorious RBG” – by the end of her life. Upon her death last week, at age 87, she inevitably became the center of a political storm over who will replace her and when that decision should be rendered.
For more than a century – until 1999 – an old Louisiana sugar plantation beside the Mississippi River held a painful secret. Locals knew it as Carville, the only leprosy colony in the continental United States.
William Faulkner once famously noted, “The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past.” If not explicitly, he was referring most pointedly to an American struggle with race and class dating to the Civil War. The Mississippi native struggled himself.