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Archive of posts filed under the Lectures category.

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 […]

Cockefair Chair Course Schedule Fall 2015

A series celebrating the inspiration of Carolyn Benton Cockefair   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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cockefair Chair Course Schedule Fall 2013

Climate Change: Long-Term Perspective and Current Scientific Understanding Caroline Davies, Ph.D., associate professor and director, Environmental Studies Program Department of Geosciences 1–2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2 UMKC Administrative Center, Plaza Room 5115 Oak St. $34 ($49 with optional parking permit) In this course, Professor Davies will present a long-term perspective […]

Cockefair Chair Board meeting

The Cockefair Chair Board will meet Monday, January 13, 2014, at noon in the Plaza Room of the UMKC Administrative Center, 5115 Oak Street.

Jeffrey Toobin, author and legal analyst, speaks April 11

Bryan Cave, in honor of Edward A. Smith, and the Advisory Committee to the Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair in Continuing Education present:  “The U.S. Supreme Court and the Major Issues of our Time: An Evening with Jeffrey Toobin.” A high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Toobin is one of the country’s […]