The Charles N. Kimball Lecture Series
is a tribute to our late friend and civic leader, Dr. Charles N. Kimball, President Emeritus of the Midwest Research Institute, to acknowledge his support of the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Kansas City and his enduring interest in the exchange of ideas.
Charlie Kimball was a consummate networker bringing together people and ideas because he knew that ideas move people to action. His credo, "Chance favors a prepared mind," reflects the belief that the truest form of creativity requires that we look two directions at once to the past for guidance and inspiration, and to the future with hope and purpose. The study of experiences, both individual and communal that is to say history prepares us to understand and articulate the present, and to create our future to face challenges and to seize opportunities.
Sponsored by the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Kansas City, the Series is not intended to be a continuation of Charlies popular Midcontinent Perspectives, but does share his primary goal: to encourage reflection and discourse on issues vitally important to our region. The topic of the lectures may vary, but our particular focus is on understanding how historical developments affect and inform our regions present and future. The Lectures will be presented by persons from the Kansas City region semi-annually in April, near the anniversary of Charlies birth, and in October. Additionally, presentations may occur at other times of the year, if opportunities present themselves.
WHMC-KC appreciates the substantial financial underwriting and support for this Series provided by the Charles N. Kimball Fund of the Midwest Research Institute and by other friends of Charlie Kimball.
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April 20, 1995 Mr. Robert A. Kipp, Crown Center: an Emerging Vision for Urban Development
April 22, 1996 Mr. Albert P. Mauro, The Realization of a Dream: the Development of Hospital Hill
April 21, 1997 Dr. Robert H. Freilich, To Sprawl or Not to Sprawl: A National Perspective for Kansas City
April 21, 1998 Mr. James M. Kemper, Community Banks and Their Role in Civic Planning
October 21, 1998 Mr. Donald H. Chisholm, The Philanthropic Philosophy of Arthur Mag
April 21, 1999 Ms. Vicki Noteis, Visions of a City: Kansas City's Planning Legacy
October 21, 1999 Mr. John A. Dillingham, It's All About Eating: Kansas City's History and Opportunity
April 24, 2000 Mr. Gerald W. Gorman, Ilus Davis: Exemplar of "The Greatest Generation"
October 23, 2000 Rabbi Michael Zedek, One Man Views the Heartland: A Critical Study of Character and Community
April 23, 2001 Dr. Kala M. Stroup, Kansas City and Higher Education: A Partnership for Prosperous Citizens and Cities
October 22, 2001 — Mr. Robert R. Wheeler, A Review of Education in 2001: And a Look Forward
April 30, 2002 — Dr. Charles J. Carlsen and Dr. Wayne E. Giles, The People’s College - Community Colleges in Kansas City
October 22, 2002 — Dr. Carol Mickett, The History Speaks Project: Visions and Voices of Kansas City’s Past
April 21, 2003 — Mr. Andres M. Dominguez, A Latino Presence in the Heartland: Challenges and Opportunities
October 27, 2003 — Mr. Landon H. Rowland, Arthur E. Stilwell: The Legacy of an Entrepreneur
April 21, 2004 — Mr. Carl J. Schramm, Kansas City: Its Past and Future as a Cradle for Entrepreneurs
October 20, 2004 — Mr. John Madgett, "Old Miserable:" A History of the Missouri River in Kansas City
May 2, 2005 — Dr. Elson S. Floyd , UMKC: A Great University for a Great City
October 20, 2005 — Ms. Carol Marinovich, Consolidation: A Green Flag, Not a Checkered Flag
April 19, 2006 — Mr. Jeffrey C. Borchardt, Kansas City Board of Trade: 150 Years of Commodity Markets Evolution
October 16, 2006 — Dr. Richard Coleman, The Establishment in Kansas City: A Historical View
April 10, 2007 — Mr. Sidney L. Willens, Hell-raising with Humor: Lorraine, Mayo, and Me
October 18, 2007 — Dr. Felicia Hardison Londré, The Kansas City Stage: A Personal View of Our Theatre
April 10, 2008 — Mr. Harry Haskell, City of the Future: Kansas City's Progressive Utopia
October 22, 2008 — Mr. Pete K. Rahn, Where Do We Fit In A Global\National Transportation Network?
May 27, 2010 — Mr. Bob Berkebile, What Future Do We Choose For Kansas City? How Does Our Past And Present Inform Our Choice?
November 8, 2010 — Mr. Alvin Brooks, Kansas City's Racial Climate: Past, Present, and Future
April 21, 2011 — Mr. Landon H. Rowland, Charles N. Kimball: A Mentor to the Community
April 26, 2012 — Hon. Duane Benton, Show Me Impeachment: Does Missouri have a better way?
October 24, 2012 — Mr. Hanan A. Kivett, Streetcars in our Future to Reenergize the Urban Core: Pragmatism/Politics/Potential
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Last revised: Wednesday, October 31, 2012