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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
The Cockefair Chair Board will meet Monday, January 13, 2014, at noon in the Plaza Room of the UMKC Administrative Center, 5115 Oak Street.
UMKC’s Department of English and MFA program, the Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair in Continuing Education and Writers at Work present the 2013 Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence, Dean Young. Young is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently Bender: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). His Elegy on Toy Piano (2005) was a […]
David Owen, a Kansas City native, will return Nov.8 to talk about environmental woes highlighted in his new book, The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse. Owen is a prolific author and journalist whose quirky views on golf, do-it-yourself home remodeling, fatherhood and American […]
Judith Martin (Miss Manners) will be the Cockefair summer luncheon speaker on Thursday, August 9, at Mission Hills Country Club. Her columns, managed by local syndicator Andrews McMeel, are carried by more than 200 newspapers in the United States and abroad. Then, on the evening of Nov. 8, author David Owen will tell us how […]
James Fowler, author of Connected: The Surprising Power of our Social Networks and how They Shape our Lives, will give Cockefair Chair Spring Lecture Thursday, April 7, at 7pm in UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium, located in the University Center, 5000 Rockhill Road. The lecture is free and open to the public.