Fall Events

As we all say goodbye to summer and usher in a new season, the University Libraries are unveiling new spaces, events and exhibits. We hope you can join us for some of the exciting programming we have in store!

Social Justice Lecture Series: Push Has Come to Shove

Wednesday, October 14th
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

UMKC Miller Nichols Library, iX Theatre, 1st Floor

This event is free and open to the public.
NOTE: The author will not be at the book discussion.

Advance registration is appreciated. Register here.

For more information, please contact Gloria Tibbs 816-235-1540 or tibbsg@umkc.edu

 The UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion has announced the 2015 Social Justice Lecture author and book which is Push Has Come to Shove by Dr. Steve Perry. This book, written in a flamboyant and confrontational style by a magnet school principal and frequent CNN contributor on education issues, will provoke readers to actively discuss issues in K-12 education and beyond. Dr. Perry has many issues with the educational system, and he not only airs his grievances but takes no prisoners in advocating and practicing reform in his magnet school environment. Join us for what is expected to be a spirited discussion! It is hoped that those in attendance will be part of the discussion and let their opinions be known to create a profound conversation about a variety of education issues.

The author lecture will take place on Thursday, October 28, at 6 p.m. at Pierson Auditorium. The University Libraries is supporting the program by conducting a book discussion on October 14th and 3:00 p.m. in the UMKC Miller Nichols Library iX Theatre. The book discussion will be led by, Scott Curtis, Learning and Research Librarian, Sciences and Engineering. The University Libraries is joining in partnership with the UMKC School of Education; UMKC Black Studies Program; and the UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion for the October 14th book discussion.


The Hills Are Alive: 50 Years of The Sound of Music
A Film Screening and Discussion

In conjunction with the UMKC Friends of the Library's 50th anniversary, they are proud to host this fun event.

Sunday, October 18
1:00 p.m. | Panel Discussion
1:30 p.m. | Film Screening

Tivoli Cinemas
4050 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64111

The following panelists will share their expertise in discussing the reception of the film, in the U.S. and abroad, as well as a discussion of the film in its historical context and its relationship to other films and musicals of the era.

  • Andrew Granade, PhD. (Conservatory) chair of Composition, Music Theory, and Musicology/Associate Professor of Musicology
  • William Everett, PhD. (Conservatory) Curators' Professor of Musicology
  • Tom Poe, PhD. Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
  • Nara Newcomer, MLS, MA. Moderator. Head, Music/Media Library

Opening Reception for People, Places and Perceptions:
A Retrospective from the Past Decade by Artist Sharon Gradischnig

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 22nd 5-8 p.m.
Exhibit: Thursday, October 22 – Sunday, December 20th

Both opening reception and exhibit will take place in Miller Nichols Library, Dean’s Gallery, 4th floor

From this artist’s point of view, art is a vehicle for communication of thoughts, feelings, ideas and the exploration of form, color, plus for the understanding of how to use these and other elements to explore a world view. This exhibition serves up a sample of the artist’s creative wanderings over the past decade, while a student at several institutions including a recent several years at the Kansas City Art Institute where at the age of 75 she earned a BFA in painting.

The most currant paintings reflect her interest in the portrait as a subject for the exploration of relationship; both the subject’s relationship to self to others of different or similar circumstances. They include ideas of the personal and the public, the object and the abstract. Gradischnig’s use of a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic and gauche paint, plus ink, pencil, photography and ceramics help her explore ideas of universal connectedness and cosmetology in abstract paintings and drawings, as well as ideas of connectedness through relationship in the forms of the painted and photographed  figure and portrait.

The later portraits show the influence of Matisse, in particular, as well the acknowledged influences of Max Beckman, Alice Neil and Paula Modersohn-Becker.

For more information about this art exhibit and/or the opening reception, contact the Library Administrative Office at 816-235-1531.

LaBudde Special Collections is Moving! Attend the Open House

Join us for an Open House to celebrate our relocation to the 3rd floor of Miller Nichols Library

Wednesday, November 4 2015
4:30 pm- 7:00 PM
Remarks at 5:45

This event is FREE and open to the public
If you wish to attend, RSVP here.

The new home for LaBudde Special Collections and the Special Collections Gallery has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

For more information, contact the Library Admin Office at 816-235-1531.

“50 Years of Giving: UMKC Friends of the Library” Exhibit

Opening Reception & Friends 50th Recognition Event
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Remarks at 5:45 p.m.

Please join us as we commemorate a half century of extraordinary giving by the UMKC Friends of the Library!

Come experience the newly renovated LaBudde Special Collections on the 3rd Floor of Miller Nichols Library, where a new exhibit “50 Years of Giving: UMKC Friends of the Library” will be on display. In addition, we will honor Founding & Past Friends of the Library for their service. We hope you will join us as we celebrate this milestone anniversary.

This event is free but RSVP is required.  Please RSVP to umkculfol@umkc.edu or 816-235-1531.


UMKC hosts Latino American Film Series

UMKC will continue to host a series of events focused on Latino-American history, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The series is hosted by University Libraries in collaboration with the faculty in the Latina/Latino Studies program. Four discussion forums are scheduled for September 2015 through April 2016, with three of the sessions including a showing of a chapter from the six-part Latino Americans: 500 Years of History film series.

The remaining events for the UMKC series are:

November 14, 2015 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Screening of War and Peace and panel discussion
National WWI Museum, 100 W 26th St, Kansas City, MO
The discussion will be led by Norma Cantu Ph.D, UMKC professor of Latina/Latino Studies and English

February 4, 2016 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Latino Americans 500 Years of History film series Prejudice and Pride
UMKC Miller Nichols Library and Learning Center 800 E 51st St Kansas City, MO 64110
The discussion will be led by Norma Cantú Ph.D, UMKC professor of Latina/Latino Studies and English

April 21, 2016 time TBD
Samora Legacy Archive discussion
UMKC Miller Nichols Library and Learning Center 800 E 51st St Kansas City, MO 64110
The discussion will be led by Miguel Carranza Ph.D., director of Latina/Latino studies at UMKC and guest speaker Carmen Samora Ph.D, daughter of Julian Samora
For more information about this event, contact the Library Administrative Office at 816-235-1531

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