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.

2014 Lectures

May 1, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins
John Gurche, Paleoartist
A University of Kansas College of Arts and Sciences event co-sponsored and hosted by the Linda Hall Library
May 8, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Rails Across Panama: From '49ers to 40-foot Containers*
Peter A. Hansen, Editor, Railroad History; and Michael Haverty, Non-Executive Chairman, Kansas City Southern
May 13, 2014
7:00 p.m.
12th Paul D. Bartlett, Sr. Lecture
The Lost Art of Finding Our Way
Dr. John Huth, Donner Professor of Science, Harvard University
E-tickets will be available April 22, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.
May 20, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Big-Ship Ready: The Post-Panamax Era*
Dr. Geraldine Knatz, Executive Director (retired), The Port of Los Angeles
June 12, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Saving American Orchids
Dr. Dennis Whigham, Senior Botanist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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
E-tickets will be available July 1, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.
October 2, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Building the Panama Canal*
David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian
Note: This lecture will be held at Unity Temple on the Plaza
E-tickets will be available July 1, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.
October 30, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Tropical Deep Reefs: Exploring the Underexplored
Dr. Carole Baldwin, Research Zoologist, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
E-tickets will be available July 1, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.

*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

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

Programming Sponsors
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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