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“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 […]

Charlie Parker is topic of August luncheon

The 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 […]

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, […]

George Packer – Cockefair Lecture Feb. 26, 2015

George Packer, a staff writer for The New Yorker, is 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 […]

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 […]

2014-15 Cockefair Chair Poet in Residence is 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Unexpected Power of Friendship: Carlin Flora, Aug. 20

Author Carlin Flora will discuss “The Unexpected Power of Friendship” at the Cockefair Chair luncheon  on Aug. 20 in Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, 50th and Holmes, KCMO 64110. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Based on her book, Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are, Flora will describe how friends influence […]