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.

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 5, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Against Sand and Sea: Strategies on Coastal Defense
Dr. Joana Gaspar de Freitas, New University of Lisbon
November 11, 2014
Linda Hall Library
5:00 p.m.
Exclusive Meet & Greet Reception with Commander Hadfield.
Chris Hadfield, former Space Shuttle astronaut and ISS Commander
Book signing included. Food and beverage provided. Photos will be allowed. Included in the event fee is a copy of his new book, You Are Here. Commander Hadfield will only autograph books that are purchased from Rainy Day Books at the event.
Space is limited; reserve your tickets for the reception by emailing Kate Haugan or calling 816-926-8792.

November 11, 2014
Unity Temple
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 by the Linda Hall Library

The lecture will be held at Unity Temple on the Plaza. A book signing will follow Commander Hadfield's presentation. Tickets for the autographing line for the book signing are available with the purchase of his new book, You Are Here ($26.00 plus tax from Rainy Day Books). Commander Hadfield will only autograph books that are purchased from Rainy Day Books at the bookstore and at the event.
November 19, 2014
3:00 p.m.
On the Origin of Vestiges: Science, Religion, and the Natural World in Early Victorian Scotland
Angela Smith, PhD candidate, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin
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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