The Christmas Truce of 1914: Myth & Reality

On a freezing Christmas Day in 1914, thousands of exhausted soldiers cautiously climbed out of their trenches on the 500-mile long Western Front and entered no man's land. They buried their dead, shook hands with their enemies, sang carols together, lit each other's cigarettes, exchanged addresses, swapped family photos, and played football. This unofficial "Christmas truce" lasted for a few hours only and then the first world war resumed--one that would leave 31 million people dead, wounded or missing before fighting ended in November 1918.  

The UMKC Departments of History, Communication Studies, the Conservatory of Music and Dance and UMKC Libraries will sponsor a showing of Joyeux Noël (2005), a film about the Christmas Truce in World War I which occured 100 years ago in 1914.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion of the film and the actual events that took place during the Christmas Truce by a musicologist, historian, and film scholar.

Panel members will include: Andrew Granade, Ph.D. Chair of Composition, Music Theory, and Musicology/Associate Professor of Musicology, Lynda Payne, Ph.D., RN, FLS, School of Medicine, Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, and Professor of History, Dr. Tom Poe, PhD., Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies.

Both the film and panel discussion are free and open to the public.

When: November 14th
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Where: Miller Nichols Learning Center, Room 451
800 East 51st Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Click here to register for this event. 

For more information, contact Tom Burns at burntg@umkc.edu or 816-235-1875.

Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World

Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E.) and Soka Gakkai International (SGI-USA) invite you to visit their art exhibit: Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World at the Miller Nichols Library.

The exhibit consists of 30 large, educational panels that combine pictures and cultural dialogue of numerous individuals and organizations. The exhibit focuses on the United Nations' definition of a "culture of peace," as a set of "values, attitudes modes of behavior and ways of life that rejects violence." It inspires peaceful resolution and maintains that a culture of peace consists of interlocking pieces in which each individual plays a part. 


Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World Exhibit

 When: Through November 15, 2014

Where: Miller Nichols Library, 3rd Floor
800 East 51st Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64110


Arts Awards & Closing Ceremony

A special Arts Awards and Closing Ceremony is scheduled for November 15th. The event will include recognition of local youth artwork, a keynote speech by human rights activist Alvin Sykes, musical performances and more.

When: November 15, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Where: Miller Nichols Library (3F)
800 East 51st Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64110


 For more information, please contact G.A.M.E. at info@kcglobalconcepts.org
or 816-753-2372.

When: Tuesday, November 18th | 5:30 PM

Where: Hospital Hill School of Medicine Building, Theater B
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Electronic health records, genomics and large-scale population level data are all becoming increasingly important in informing healthcare research and delivery, and each involves the generation and analysis of massive amounts of information.  Dr. Hoffman will share an overview of "Big Data" and some examples of the connection between big data and new technology-based innovations that have the potential to transform healthcare.

Dr. Mark Hoffman is an associate professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Departments of Biomedical and Health Informatics and Pediatrics. He is also the director of the Center for Health Insights at UMKC. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and performed post-doctoral research at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa. Before joining UMKC, Dr. Hoffman spent 16 years leading genomics, public health and research initiatives at Cerner Corporation, where he was a vice president. In addition to his peer-reviewed publications, Mark is an inventor on 16 issued patents.

Library Worker Receives Statewide Award and Recognition

Congratulations Mary Anderson!

Mary E. Anderson, Head of Circulation Services at Miller Nichols Library, was named "2014 Outstanding Library Employee of the Year" by the Missouri Library Association.

The Outstanding Library Employee Award recognizes a library employee who has made a significant contribution to the improvement and advancement of library and information services. Anderson received the award at a banquet held October 9, 2014, at 7:00pm in Columbia.

Anderson was nominated by her supervisor, Cindy Thompson, Director of Public Services at Miller Nichols Library. In her nomination packet, Thompson states, "(Mary) sets an example of leadership, commitment, and a strong work ethic, and strives to make UMKC a better place to work. She gives of herself on a daily basis in an effort to improve our students’ lives on campus and recognizes that students are integral to everything we do and knows that their success feeds into the success of others; and she is undoubtedly committed to libraries – both ours and others in the state."

In supporting Anderson's nomination, one of her staff wrote, “Mary is the type of manager that is willing to hear suggestions, no matter how big or small, that will help the department better meet the needs of UMKC students. Her openness not only makes Miller Nichols Library a better place to work, but also makes it a better place for everyone. Her positive attitude and good spirit are infectious.”

"I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition," said Bonnie Postlethwaite, Dean of UMKC Libraries, upon learning of Anderson's award. "Everyone at UMKC Libraries already knows what an asset she is to our team, now our colleagues throughout the state can join us in celebrating Mary!"

Copyright © 8/21/2017 UMKC Alumni Association, All rights reserved.

University of Missouri-Kansas City
5115 Oak St
Kansas City, MO 64112
If you wish to be removed from this group's mailing list, click here