On Sunday, KCPT hosted a digital media training for 12 teens who serve on the KC Library’s teen advisory group.
After a social media training session, conducted by Social Media Club KC, the kids created videos of each other in which they described their passions – including music, art, strategy games, science, computers, and more.
If you are interested in digital partnerships, contact Shane Guiter, VP of Digital.
Ken Burns’ latest documentary delves into the causes and experiences of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. “The Dust Bowl” chronicles, “the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.”
Following the screening, Duncan will join Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey, and Sara Gregg, KU assistant professor of history, in panel discussion moderated by KCPT’s Randy Mason.
Peruse a display of items from KU Libraries’ collections which document the dust bowl’s impacts on this region and hear local musician Larry Garrett perform songs from and inspired by the era.
6:30 | Film screening and panel discussion, Truman Forum Auditorium
In Lakin, Kansas, three children prepare to leave for school wearing goggles and homemade dust masks to protect them from the dust in 1935. Photo credit: Courtesy of Joyce Unruh; Green Family Collection
It’s hard to believe given the affluence of America that so many people grow up in our community and across the country unable to read. Imagine if you couldn’t make out the words on a menu, figure out what it says on your prescription label or even read a birthday card from your children. It is estimated that 225,000 adults in our metro are functionally illiterate. They can’t do these things. Recently, Nick Haines had the privilege to host the Power of Reading Event for Literacy KC, a Kansas City organization that uses volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read. Several of those adults who have overcome great odds shared their stories in front of a large audience at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.
You can become a tutor if you can spare two 90 minutes sessions a week. Training is provided.
Even though the UMKC Conservatory has been a part of Kansas City’s cultural life for over one hundred years, many of us still know little about this hidden jewel, working hard to raise its profile both here and across the country. In fact, our story starts on a March night in New York City.
What would a UMKC Downtown arts campus mean culturally and economically to this city?
You can join UMKC and top civic and arts leaders in a panel discussion at the downtown library on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30 pm.