Programs tagged: asr
"Finding Helen: The Letters, Photographs and Diary of a WWI Battlefield Nurse" brings to life the story of a diminutive American Red Cross nurse named Helen Bulovsky who served along the Flanders front during World War I. Helen sent home letters, photos, poems and a diary, "Behind the Trenches," describing the 18 months she spent in France and Belgium. The book is written by two of her nieces, Brooke B. Cameron and Janice C. Collins. Dr. Cameron will share Helen's heroic story in this presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Local author J.B. Winter will present a slideshow about his nonfiction book "Miss Mizzou: A Life Beyond Comics." After a brief visit to Columbia, cartoonist Milton Caniff was inspired to create the character of Miss Mizzou for his comic strip "Steve Canyon." Her fictional adventures set the stage for many real-life promotional tie-ins during the 1950s and 1960s. Some promotions were celebrated with fervor, while others created controversies that resulted in national headlines. Discover her forgotten history and hear about the exciting life Miss Mizzou lived beyond the comic page. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
During the five years he has spent researching and writing his newspaper column "Life During Wartime," journalist Rudi Keller has discovered many individuals whose stories have been forgotten or are remembered only as part of family lore. Hear about the unsung heroes and obscure villains he uncovered during his research into the daily lives of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. Volumes one and two of "Life During Wartime" will be available for purchase and signing.
We kick off our summer film series with the HBO documentary "Superheroes," directed by Michael Barnett. Follow the zany escapades of Real Life Superheroes (RLSH), a national phenomenon of hundreds of real men and women who patrol city streets with the goal of deterring crime, and, if necessary, taking the law into their own hands. Watch the trailer at films.dbrl.org. Adults and teens.
Large-scale food production has created the need for substantial pesticide use. However, there are alternative methods for suppressing pest populations, methods that are more sustainable and better for our environment. Kathryn Ingerslew, a doctoral candidate in MU’s Division of Plant Sciences, will talk about natural methods of controlling pests in your home garden based on her research into the dynamics of pest insects and their predators.
Oral histories can play an important role in documenting your family heritage. Genealogist Tim Dollens will share tips on how to obtain oral histories from family members. This program is co-sponsored by the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society. Light refreshments served. Teens and adults.
Marta Ferguson, co-editor of "Drawn to Marvel: Poems From the Comic Books" along with other anthology contributors will give dramatic readings and lead a lively discussion of superheroes as mythological archetypes. A free copy of the book goes to the best-costumed attendee. Please note: Due to its adult themes and violent content, the anthology is recommended for mature readers. Copies will be available for purchase and signing. Adults and older teens.
Explore the role of comics in pop culture with Skip Harvey, comic creator, illustrator, blogger and one of the aspiring artists featured in Morgan Spurlock's documentary "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" about the world's largest comic book convention in San Diego. Skip is also a host on the “geekpow” YouTube channel and is involved in many other ventures involving comics and geek culture. Teens and adults.
"Calvin & Hobbes" dominated the Sunday comics in hundreds of newspapers from 1985-1995. When creator Bill Watterson retired from drawing the strip, devoted readers everywhere felt a great void. Twenty years later, this documentary by Joel Allen Schroeder explores why Watterson's comic strip had such an impact, and why it still means so much to us today. Watch the trailer at films.dbrl.org. Adults and teens.
The Kansas City Monarchs were the longest-running franchise in the history of baseball's Negro Leagues, playing from 1920 to 1965. The team launched the careers of many outstanding players, including Bullet Rogan, an eventual Hall of Famer, and conducted many barnstorming tours of the Midwest and even into Canada. Relive the history and excitement of their visits to Columbia as told by baseball historian and author Phil Dixon. Dixon is a co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, an award-winning author of nine baseball books and has worked for the Kansas City Royals. His visit to Columbia is part of his quest to speak in 90 cities where this famous team played.