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Cockefair Chair Course Schedule Fall 2015

A series celebrating the inspiration of Carolyn Benton CockCockefair Logo_2008_BWefair

 

Policing and the Community
Ken Novak, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – noon
September 10, 17 and 24
Kenwood Room, Central United Methodist Church,
5144 Oak St.
$34 ($49 with additional parking permits)
This course will focus on ways police and the community work and don’t work together, with resulting implications for public safety. Professor Novak will focus on how police, community and criminals have developed misconceptions of each other and also will discuss the basis for racial reconciliation between the police and the public. Novak also will discuss the KC NoVA approach to violent crime, for which he developed training materials. The course also will include a discussion roundtable, featuring a community leader and KCPD’s Major Joe McHale, who heads NoVA.

The American West in the National Imagination
John Herron, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair and Associate Director, Honors Program
Department of History
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
October 6, 13 and 20
Kenwood Room, Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St.
$34 ($49 with additional parking permits)
In this course, Professor Herron will discuss the most interesting of all American regions—the Trans-Mississippi American West. He will trace the ways in which, in both history and mythology, the West has played a pivotal role in the formation of American society. Through the course we will discover that the West was, and remains, far more complex and multifaceted than simply cowboys and Indians, as Herron demonstrates that it is from this region that America as a whole has developed its
distinctive shape.

Knowing the Past to Know the Future: Drug Design, Genetic Testing and the Future
of Medicine
Gerald J. Wyckoff, Ph.D., Professor
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. – noon
November 3, 10 and 17
Kenwood Room, Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St.
$34 ($49 with additional parking permits)
Professor Wyckoff will explain the ways in which an understanding of evolutionary biology is critical to modern medicine, particularly as it informs and influences the development and design of new drugs. Wyckoff also will discuss some of the scientific, ethical, legal and economic issues and problems that pharmaceutical companies face in the process of developing new drugs, conducting clinical trials and bringing new prescription medications to the market. Finally, the course will cover issues involved with genetic testing and the ways in which the rise of personalized medicine will affect patients and consumers.

Parking
Parking for all courses is in the UMKC Cherry St. Parking Garage at 50th and Cherry on levels 3, 4 and 5. Metered parking is available on level 5 and a shuttle will transport attendees to and from the garage and Central United Methodist Church. Purchase of parking permits is optional and will be mailed to registrants before each course begins. Both signage and UMKC Advancement staff will be on site at the garage to assist attendees to the shuttle for transportation to and from the church.

Enrollment form

UMKC College of Arts and Sciences
Continuing Education
Noncredit Registration
Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair Courses Fall 2015
Space is limited. Only paid pre-registration assures a seat
in the class.
Enroll me in the following:
o Policing and the Community
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o The American West in the National Imagination
o Include parking for this class
o Knowing the Past to Know the Future: Drug Design, Genetic Testing and the Future of Medicine
o Include parking for this class
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University of Missouri-Kansas City
College of Arts and Sciences
Continuing Education
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2446

For more information:
Fax: 816-235-5279
Call 816-235-2736 to register by phone.
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

Charlie Parker is topic of August luncheon

chuckThe August 13, 2015 Cockefair luncheon will present a talk by UMKC’s own Chuck Haddix, Sound Archivist at the Marr Sound Archives, host of KCUR-FM radio’s “Fish Fry,” and author of “Bird:  The Life and Music of Charlie Parker,” published by the University of Illinois Press.

Haddix’s program is part of the city-wide celebration of famed saxophonist Parker, and a group led by Hermon Mehari will play some of the songs Parker made famous. Mehari is a prize-winning graduate of UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance.

The luncheon is at Mission Hills Country Club, and tickets are $25 per person. Details about making reservations will follow.

Land Institute President to Speak

Wes Jackson, founder and president of the Land Institute and a member of the World Future Council, will give a talk entitled “Solving the 10,000 Year-Old Problem of Agriculture: a Progress Report,” at UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium on April 29.  Jackson was chosen as a MacArthur Fellow in 1992, and has written many books about land use, including “New Roots for Agriculture,” and “Man and the Environment.” His appearance is sponsored by the Cockefair Chair in Continuing Education.

A reception will precede the event at 6:00 p.m., followed by his presentation at 6:30 p.m. Jackson will be available to sign books after his talk. This is a free event, but reservations are requested. No tickets will be issued. For more details, call 816-235-6222 or email cto@umkc.edu. (Relay Missouri: 800-735-2966 (TTY))

Pierson Auditorium is inside the Atterbury Student Success Center, 51st & Holmes, Kansas City, Mo 64110.

Parking is available in the lot north of the Student Success Center. The Cherry Street Parking structure is also available for parking on levels 5. Park near the Northeast Tower (big green & white sign) and use the Northeast Tower covered walk (Level 5) to point you towards Pierson Auditorium.

 

George Packer – Cockefair Lecture Feb. 26, 2015

George Packer, a staff writer for The New Yorkeris the author of “Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq.” This work analyzes the events that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and reports on subsequent developments in that country, largely based on interviews with ordinary Iraqis. Because of current unrest in the Middle East, Packer’s timely Cockefair Spring Lecture will center on renewed tensions in that region, the emergence of ISIS and our commitment of more troops to Iraq.

He is also the author of  “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” a New York Times best seller and National Book Award winner; two novels, “The Half Man” and “Central Square”; and the play, “Betrayed.” He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

The program is Feb. 26 in Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes, KCMO. there is no charge for the lecture, but a reservation is requested.

A reception and refreshments will be served in Pierson at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30.

Cockefair Chair Spring 2015 Courses

The Cockefair Chair committee, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, has again arranged a series of non-credit classes that are provocative, informative and timely. Using the blue “Cockefair Classes” button at the top of this page, you will find a rundown of the offerings for Spring 2015 and an enrollment form. Learn about the evolution of film, the meanings in book illustrations, women authors finding their voices, and the upcoming elections of 2016. Class size is limited, so sign up promptly.

Geology And Noah’s Flood

After extensive exploration into geological records of Noah’s flood, Dr. David Montgomery is well-positioned to share his findings. On Thursday, Nov. 6, Montgomery will report on his findings in a presentation entitled, “Rocks Don’t Lie: a Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood.” Montgomery brings a fair and deep understanding to both religion and reason. The free program is at 7 p.m. in Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center.

Dr. James Murowchick, Associate Professor of Geochemistry and Mineralogy, will introduce Dr. Montgomery. Murowchick says, “As both a practicing Christian and a geologist, Dr. Montgomery’s work is close to home for me. His balanced and respectful treatment of the issues is a breath of fresh air.”

Cockefair Chair Fall Courses 2014

Fall 2014 Cockefair Chair Courses

 Great American Theatre:  Thornton Wilder
Felicia Londre, Ph.D., Curators Professor
Department of Theatre
10:30 – noon
Thursdays, Sept. 11, 18, 25, and Oct. 2
UMKC Administrative Center, Plaza Room
$45 ($65 with optional parking permits)

Beginning with an overview of Thornton Wilder’s life, work, and times, this course will go on to discuss some of Wilder’s important works, virtually all of which grapple with issues of seeing a world in a grain of sand.  Wilder (1897-1975) won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for plays Professor Londre will discuss, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and one for his novella, The Bridge of San Luis Rey.   Concurrently with Professor Londre’s course, Our Town runs 5 to 28 September at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.  Dr. Londre will also discuss The Skin of Our Teeth and its 1961 U.S. State Department-sponsored tour of the 1955 production.  And in the last session, Professor Londre will discuss The Matchmaker, including its sources and spin-offs (including Hello, Dolly!) and also provide a glance at Wilder’s novels, short plays, and philosophy.

From Prince of Pleasure to the Uncle of Europe: The Life of King Edward VII
Dr. Lynda Payne, Ph.D., R.N., Sirridge Missouri Endowed Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics,
School of Medicine, and Associate Professor, Department of History
10:30 a.m. – noon
Tuesdays, Oct. 7, 14, and 21
UMKC Administrative Center, Plaza Room
$34 ($49 with optional parking permits)

Edward VII has always been an enigma.  Born in 1841 to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, as a young man he became a leader of London society. Although married, he also had a series of long-term mistresses, including the actress Lily Langtry and Alice Keppel, the great-grandmother of Camilla, wife of the current Prince of Wales. Newspapers delighted in reporting on the escapades of Prince Edward the Caresser, yet there was another side to Edward. Although he was 59 when he finally became king and ruled for a scant nine years until his death, historians regard Edward as having established the first modern monarchy.  He travelled widely on diplomatic missions and was affectionately referred to as the Uncle of Europe. The Edwardian period has been seen as a golden age for the aristocracy in Europe and America (Downton Abbey), but it was also a tumultuous era of political and social unrest. As King Edward VII remarked shortly before his death, “We are all socialists now.” This three-lecture series examines the life and legacy of this complex king.

The Rise of American Industrialism
William Black, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Economics and School of Law
10:30 – noon
Tuesdays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 and 11
UMKC Administrative Center, Plaza Room
$34 ($49 with optional parking permits)

In this course Professor Black will discuss the impact of industrialism, particularly in the United States, during the early 20th century before and around World War I.  Dr. Black will discuss the major internal migration developing industrialism induced, particularly among African-Americans moving from the rural South to the north.  The course will also include the beginning of the general U.S. transition from rural to urban, as well as the rise of new immigrant populations, such as Italians, that increased rapidly during the time period before WWI.


UMKC College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education

Noncredit Registration
Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair Courses Spring 2014
Space is limited. Only paid pre-registration assures a seat in the class.

Enroll me in the following:

Great American Theatre:  Thornton Wilder  $45 ($65 with optional parking permits)

o From Prince of Pleasure to the Uncle of Europe: The Life of King Edward VII  $34 ($49 with optional parking permits)

The Rise of American Industrialism  $34 ($49 with optional parking permits)

Name
Address
City State ZIP
Phone
Email address
Method of payment (check one)

o Check (made payable to UMKC)

o MasterCard o Visa o Discover
Card number
Expiration date
Cardholder’s name Relationship
Signature

Return this form to:

University of Missouri-Kansas City
College of Arts and Sciences
Continuing Education
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2446

Fax: 816-235-5279
Call 816-235-2736 to register by phone.
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

 

2014-15 Cockefair Chair Poet in Residence is Ellen Bryant Voigt

Ellen Bryant Voigt

Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt is the Cockefair Chair writer-in-residence for UMKC’s M.F.A. Creative Writing Program. She will visit campus from September 21 to 24.

On Sunday, September 21, Voigt is offering a Master Class for MFA poetry students from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The class will convene in Cockefair Hall, Room 104, on the UMKC campus, 52nd Street and Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo. The session is open to the public, with parking available in the rear of the building.

Voigt will read from her works at the Miller Nichols Library Learning Resource Center, 800 E. 51st Street, Kansas City, Mo., to be followed by a book signing and reception sponsored by the UMKC Friends of the Library. This reading is at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, on the 4th Floor of the Resource Center.

She has published eight collections of poetry, and is recognized for her writing on the art of poetry. She has received the O. B. Hardison, Jr. Prize from the Folger Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry appears in the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and “Best American Poetry.”  Voigt lives in Vermont, where she teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Voigt’s appearances are sponsored by UMKC’s Creative Writing Program, and financial support comes from the Cockefair Chair in Continuing Education.

For more information, please contact the Creative Writing Program, UMKC Department of English, 816 235-1307.

Scholar identifies music of WWI era as propaganda

The August 14, 2014 Cockefair Chair luncheon will feature Dr. Kristin Griffeath, voice and music history professor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Dr. Griffeath is a graduate of UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance, and her research interest is the music of World War I and how it was used to sell the war to Americans. Her research was featured in an exhibit, “Harmonies of the Homefront,” at Kansas City’s National World War I Museum.

Tickets are $18.50. To order, email go.umkc.edu/griffeath or call the UMKC Central Ticket Office at 816-235-2704. Online orders may have additional fees, and may be placed using American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover.

 

WWI historian examines Verdun

John Mosier will discuss an often-overlooked aspect of World War I and the subject of his book, “Verdun: The Lost History of the Most Important Battle of World War I, 1914-1918,” on April 9, 2014, in Pierson Auditorium at 7 p.m. Mosier, a professor of English at Loyola University of New Orleans and military history revisionist, is the Cockefair Chair Spring 2014 guest lecturer whose presentation aligns with the Chair’s concentration on the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

The event is free, but reservations are requested through UMKC’s Central Ticket Office. Please call 816-235-6222 or visit the  website at go.umkc.edu/mosier.  For Cockefair events on the UMKC campus, free parking is offered on the 4th and 5th levels of the parking garage at Oak Street and 51st. From there, covered walkways lead to Pierson Auditorium in the Student Success Center.