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December 2020

A Deeper Dive: The Pursuit of “Mappiness”

December 3, 2020,7:00 pm - December 17, 2020,8:00 pm

This three part series with cartographer Kelly Johnston on December 3, 10, and 17 will forever change the way you look at maps. You will come away as a more informed and discerning map reader with an understanding of the history of cartography from early survey maps through today’s GPS network.

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Citizen Science and Bird Watching in the City

December 16, 2020,12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library and Kansas City Public Library. Program Summary City dwellers may think bird watching is a pastime just for their country cousins, but birds are everywhere! Despite being one of the most beloved facets of the natural world, birds are often overlooked in urban environments. Whether you are an experienced birder or a novice, join Dr. Charles Nilon, Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at the University of Missouri, to learn how you can explore the world of birds no matter where you live.…

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January 2021

A Shot in the Arm: What You Need to Know about the COVID Vaccines

January 14,7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

With two vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S., the next major hurdle in the fight against the pandemic will be getting people immunized. In the U.S. alone, distributing vaccines to over 300 million people will present an unprecedented logistical challenge. Moderator Alex Knapp, Senior Editor of Healthcare and Science at Forbes, will lead a discussion with a panel of experts to answer your questions about COVID-19 vaccines, including their safety, effectiveness, and distribution process.

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War Fare: Modern Food, Moral Food

January 21,7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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.

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The Art and Science of Distillation

January 27,7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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.

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