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May 2020

Livestream Lecture: Sharks – Emperors of the Deep: The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians

May 5, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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From the Jaws blockbuster movie series to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying cold-blooded underwater predators. But as William McKeever, founder of Safeguard the Seas, reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow.

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Livestream Second Saturday Conversation: The Power of Our Fork

May 9, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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We've known for decades that burning fossil fuels is a significant contributor to climate change, but what about the agriculture sector? Can our food choices also help stop climate change? Come learn what the data says about agriculture's impact on the planet, and what you can do about it.

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Livestream Lecture: Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

May 12, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Can the U.S. and other coronavirus-ravaged countries take a cue from individuals in crisis, following their own 12-step path to recovery? Jared Diamond, one of America’s most celebrated scholars, says the answer is yes. In a discussion drawing from his book Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, Diamond looks at how and why some nations through history have recuperated from trauma and others haven’t. As with people, success lies in taking responsibility for problems, seeking and accepting help, and being open to change. This livestream author event is co-presented by Rainy Day Books, the Kansas City Public Library, and the Linda Hall Library.

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Livestream Lunch and Learn: The Science of Happiness

May 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Sondra Wallace, Mental Health Coalition Coordinator for Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City, will discuss the science of happiness.

Science Matters Brown Bag Lunch and Learns are monthly programs co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library and the Kansas City Public Library. Bring your lunch and join the conversation!

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Livestream Program: Overlapping Collections Across the Atlantic

May 22, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Join the Linda Hall Library and the Royal Astronomical Society for a series exploring connections between our respective collections. The first session will introduce the two organizations and their histories. Sian Prosser, Librarian and Archivist for the Royal Astronomical Society and Jason Dean, VP of Special Collections for the Linda Hall Library will discuss the founding and purpose of each institution, their historical collections, and current collecting focuses. They will also highlight how their collections can be used today to inspire exploration in astronomical science for all.

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