University Libraries Presents an Array of Fall Programs

The UMKC Libraries strives to create engaging life-long learning opportunities for UMKC students and faculty as well as the Kansas City Community that go beyond great places to study and do research and all the books and other resources we have in our collections.  I encourage you to join us for one or several of our Fall 2015 offerings.


Nancy Thayer Book Talk, Sept 29, 6p, Bloch Executive Hall.  The UMKC Friends of the Library are happy to present UMKC Alumna and nationally known author in a talk about her most recent book, The Guest Cottage, as part of the portFOLio programming series sponsored by the Friends.  She will be available to sign books which will be on sale at the end of the event.

Social Justice Book Series: Push Has Come to Shove, Oct 14 3p iX Theatre in the Miller Nichols Library.  Librarian Scott Curtis will lead a book discussion on the book Push Has Come to Shove by Dr. Steve Perry.  The UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion announced Dr. Perry as the 2015 Social Justice Lecture author.  The Library’s event will provide an opportunity for people to discuss the book before hearing his lecture on Oct. 28.

The Hills are Alive: 50 Years of the Sound of Music, Tivoli Cinemas, October 18, 1p.  Not only are the UMKC Friends of the Library celebrating their 50th anniversary but so is the movie, The Sound of Music.  Come hear UMKC faculty (Drs. Andrew Granada, William Everett, and Tom Poe) discuss the movie followed by a screening of the movie at the Tivoli.  Music Librarian Nara Newcomer will moderate the event.

Americans With Disabilities Act Turns 25, Tuesday Oct 20, 6:30p, Pierson.   UMKC will be offering a month of activities celebrating the 25th Anniversary of ADA.  An exhibit of artists with disabilities will display in the Miller Nichols Library Link Gallery on the Ground Floor starting October 9.

People, Places, and Perceptions:  Art by Sharon Gradischnig exhibit will open on October 22 in the Dean’s Gallery, 4th Floor, Miller Nichols Library with a reception from 5-8pm.  The exhibit will remain on display until December 20.

50 Years of Giving: UMKC Friends of the Library, opens Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 in the new Special Collections Gallery on the 3rd floor. In celebration of the Friends of the Library’s 50th Anniversary, see examples of the wonderful gifts purchased from the Friends’ Annual Gift to the library.

Latino American’s Film Series: War and Peace, Nov 14th 1:30p, National WWI Museum. After screening of the PBS documentary War and Peace, Dr. Norma Cantu will lead a panel discussion of 3 veterans from the Salazar family who all fought in different American wars along with a curator from the WWI Museum to help us better understand the experience of Latinos in American wars.