The Art and Science of Distillation

Join master distiller Benay Shannon, co-founder and owner of Restless Spirits Distillery, for an insider’s look at the art and science behind creating spirits from experimenting in the lab to taste testing the finished product.

Presented in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library.

War Fare: Modern Food, Moral Food

Helen Veit, associate professor of history at Michigan State University, weaves together cultural history and the history of science to bring readers into the strange and complex world of the American Progressive Era. The era’s emphasis on science and self-control left a profound mark on American eating, one that remains today in everything from the ubiquity of science-based dietary advice to the tenacious idealization of thinness.

Presented in partnership with the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Water: Access, Supply, and Sustainability

Water: Access, Supply, and Sustainability is a three-part virtual forum that will provide a multidisciplinary approach to the exploration of water management issues, connecting complex issues of vital importance to Kansas City, the region, and, indeed, the world. The keynote speaker is leading authority and prolific author on international water issues, Sandra Postel who has been hailed for her “inspiring, innovative and practical approach” to promoting the preservation and sustainable use of freshwater.