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Upcoming Lectures

David Salle to speak on February 22, 2017
How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking About Art 

Distinguished painter and writer, David Salle will speak on his book How to See: Looking, Talking and Thinking About Art. In this book, Salle explores art topics such as the aesthetics of cool, the relationship between art and celebrity, and the evolution of an artist’s style over a lifetime–always while paying close attention to and unpacking the workings of the art itself. Salle will give you the knowledge and courage to view art not through the veils of theory, criticism and history, but armed with your intuition, curiosity and humanity.

The lecture is on Wednesday, February 22nd in Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes, KCMO. There is no charge for this lecture, but a reservation is requested.

A short reception with light refreshments will start at 6:00pm in Pierson, and the program will begin at 6:30pm. Salle’s book will be on sale, and there will be a book signing after the program. This event is free and open to the public, but a reservation is requested through the Central Ticket Office.

Free parking is available at 5000 Cherry St. in the Cherry Street Parking Garage on the fifth and sixth levels only.

Wendy Perron to speak on May 17, 2016
Enlivening Dance Onstage: What’s Edgy Now?

An award-winning dancer, choreographer, author and dance critic, Wendy Perron will speak on the current contemporary dance performance in America. How have choreographers Jowole Willa Jo Zollar, Crystal Pite, Wayne McGregor, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin and Bill T. Jones moved the image of the beautiful female dancer and the heroic male dancer to dynamic and innovative new ways of thinking about movement in dance? How do these choreographers go deeper into what it means to be human? How have they addressed issues of political and cultural identity with fresh insights and new expression? Perron will present videos illustrating the work of these risk-taking choreographers and explain what she sees as the future of contemporary dance.

This program sponsored by both the Advisory Committee to the Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair in Continuing Education and the Kansas City Ballet, is Tuesday, May 17th in Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes, KCMO. There is no charge for this lecture, but a reservation is requested.

A short reception with light refreshments will start at 5:30pm in Pierson, and the program will begin at 6:00pm. Wendy’s books will be for sale, and there will be a book signing after the program. This event is free and open to the public, but a reservation is requested through the Central Ticket Office.

William Dalrymple, to speak April 5, 2016

The East India Company is synonymous with British rule in India. How did a conventional corporation transform into an international corporation and then an aggressive colonial power? What relevant lessons can we draw from the company’s misuse of power? In this talk, master writer and historian William Dalrymple examines the transformation of the East India Company and the lessons its brutal reign over India should serve for the present. Powerful corporations, William points out, can still overwhelm or subvert a state every bit as effectively as the East India Company did in Bengal in 1765. Dalrymple draws from India’s rich history and culture to deepen our understanding of the impact of corporate excess and the power and perils of large multinational corporations today.

The program is April 5th in Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes, KCMO. There is no charge for this lecture, but a reservation is requested.

A short reception with light refreshments will start at 6:30pm in Pierson, and the program will begin at 7pm.