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Adam Gopnik

The Cockefair Chair Speakers Committee has invited The New Yorker staff writer and author, Adam Gopnik to present the upcoming lecture on Thursday, November 16th. Gopnik, an award-winning journalist speaks with singular wit, eloquence and insight on modern life and culture. He has a rich trove of delightful stories and revealing observations about people and places […]

The Hottest Fight in the Hottest Decade: Climate Change on the Edge of Hope and Despair

The Advisory Committee to the Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair in Continuing Education, in partnership with The Land Institute, welcomes Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist, to UMKC on Friday, October 6th. Bill McKibben is founder of the grassroots climate campaign and is the Schumann Distinguished professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. He is […]

From Monticello to Central Park to Our Back Yards: What Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are

The Fall Cockefair Luncheon on August 15, 2017, will feature guest speaker Wade Graham, landscape designer, historian, and writer. Graham is the author of Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World and American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Back Yards, What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are. He […]

How to See: Looking, Talking and Thinking About Art

The Cockefair Chair Speakers Committee has invited distinguished painter and writer, David Salle to present the upcoming lecture on February 22nd. David Salle’s paintings are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenhein Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Nationalgalerie Berlin, the Nelson-Atkins Museum […]

Refugees in a World of Anarchy

The Cockefair Chair Speakers Committee has invited bestselling author, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and contributing editor at The Atlantic, Robert D. Kaplan to present the fall lecture on November 16th. Kaplan was chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor and member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. Foreign Policy magazine twice […]

Tony Jones, Guest Speaker at Fall Cockefair Luncheon

The Fall Cockefair Luncheon on August 17, 2016 will feature guest speaker Tony Jones. Jones, an internationally known British arts administrator, broadcaster, writer, and historian of art and design, is currently the President of Kansas City Art Institute. Among several leadership positions he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as director of the Royal College […]

Enlivening Dance Onstage: What’s Edgy Now?

The Cockefair Chair Speakers Committee and the Kansas City Ballet have invited award-winning dancer, choreographer, author and dance critic, Wendy Perron to present the next lecture on May 17th. Perron, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer, had a 30-year career as a dancer/choreographer. She danced with the Trisha Brown company in the 1970s […]

The Anarchy: India Between Empires

William Dalrymple is the speaker for the Cockefair Spring, 2016 program on April 5th. Dalrymple, Scottish historian and writer, has a broad range of interests, including the history and art of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Middle East, the Muslim world, Hinduism, Buddhism, the Jains and early Eastern Christianity. A well-respected broadcaster and critic, Dalrymple’s publications have won […]

“Six Musical Masterpieces That Made America”

The Cockefair Chair Speakers Committee has invited Dr. Anna Harwell Celenza to present the fall lecture on Nov. 19, 2015. Celenza will discuss and play portions of the six musical masterpieces that changed American attitudes and, ultimately, American history. A reception in Pierson Auditorium will precede the program at 5:30 p.m. Celenza will speak and […]

Russia, the Romanovs and the Coming of the Great War

Robert Massie, widely regarded as the foremost expert on the Russian royal family and with more than 6 million books sold worldwide, will speak on the influences of the Romanovs on the Great War. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of World War One. Massie’s presentation is at 7:00 p.m. on October 28 in Pierson Auditorium, […]