Lectures and Symposia

Join us for an intriguing, thought provoking, educational and entertaining program of lectures and symposia!


Unless otherwise stated, all lectures will be held at the Linda Hall Library. Events are free and open to the public; however, seating is limited and e-tickets are required. Click on the e-ticket link below each lecture to access the registration form. For reservation questions, please email events@lindahall.org or call 816.926.8772 to leave a message. Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information on these events.

September 18, 2014
7:00 p.m.
The Panama Canal Watershed: Science, Commerce, and Sustainability*
Dr. Jefferson Hall, Staff Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

Can't attend tonight's lecture? Watch a live stream on your computer, tablet, or phone.
October 2, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Building the Panama Canal*
David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
The lecture at Unity Temple featuring David McCullough is the Library's premier event in the Panama Canal Centennial public program series.
Note: This lecture will be held at Unity Temple on the Plaza

E-tickets are no longer available for this event and the wait list is closed. Please consider making reservations for one of our other Fall lectures.
October 2, 2014
8:00 p.m.
Exclusive Dinner with David McCullough
A special opportunity is available for Library supporters to attend an elegant dinner at the Library with Mr. McCullough following the lecture on the evening of October 2, 2014. For more information on how to attend the dinner, please contact Angela Tangen at 816.926.8727 or email development@lindahall.org. Space is limited.
October 16, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Once in a Century Opportunity: Geology and Paleontology of the Panama Canal*
Dr. Bruce MacFadden, Florida Museum of Natural History
October 28, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Tropical Deep Reefs: Exploring the Underexplored
Dr. Carole Baldwin, Research Zoologist, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
November 11, 2014
7:00 p.m.
You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes
Chris Hadfield, former Space Shuttle astronaut and ISS Commander
A Rainy Day Books author event co-sponsored and hosted by the Linda Hall Library
December 4, 2014
7:00 p.m.
American Medicine and the Panama Canal: Miasmas, Mosquitoes, and Malaria*
Dr. Enrique Chaves, University of Kansas Medical Center

*The Panama Canal exhibition and lecture series are made possible through the
generous support of:

Lead Sponsors
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund
David L. & Candace Starling
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Michael and Marlys Haverty Family Foundation Fund

Exhibition Sponsors
Black & Veatch
Harry Portman Trust, UMB Bank Trustee
United Engineering Societies Foundation

Programming Sponsors
Burns & McDonnell Foundation
Ever Glades Foundation
The Gridley Family Foundation
Linda Hall Library Annual Fund Donors
Victor E. Speas Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee

Additional Partners
University of Missouri - Kansas City
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City Public Library
Kansas City Public Television
National Archives at Kansas City
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

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