Jul 21, 2009    #093
Contact: Laura Byerley

UMKC Hosts 2009 Carolyn Benton Cockefair Annual Luncheon

Cydney Millstein and Carol Grove Give Keynote Speech Aug. 5.

Instructor Carolyn Benton Cockefair believed that everyone – not just traditional college-age students – should continue learning. In honor of this sentiment, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is hosting its 43rd annual Carolyn Benton Cockefair Continuing Education Series.

To begin this year’s series, Cydney Millstein and Carol Grove will present an illustrated talk featuring their book, “Houses of Missouri: 1870-1940” at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at the UMKC University Center’s Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets to the luncheon are $17.50 per person, and can be purchased by calling the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.

Millstein, a UMKC alumna, is a preservation consultant, architectural historian and principal owner of Architectural & Historical Research, LLC in Kansas City, Mo. Her work includes the examination and documentation of buildings and industrial typologies. She has lectured on several related topics and has published articles in professional journals. Recently, Millstein received the Osmond Overby Award, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award, the George Ehrlich Achievement in Preservation Award, the U.S. GSA Design Award and the State Historical Society of Missouri Brownlee Fund Award.

Grove is an art historian who specializes in the study of American architecture and landscapes. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri. She has published articles in professional journals, and her last book was “Henry Shaw’s Victorian Landscapes: The Missouri Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park.” Grove works to promote historic buildings and landscapes as a board member of the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation and Scenic Missouri.

The Series, formed in 1966 by Cockefair’s former students, has brought such intellectuals as Tess Gallagher, James Michener, Jeane Kirkpatrick, John Updike and Tom Wolfe to Kansas City. Its purpose is to continue what Cockefair started when she first came to the then University of Kansas City in 1947.

Throughout her 17 years at the University, Cockefair drew a following from students and non-credited students who were attracted to her Socratic style of teaching and her ability to link history to current events.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.


This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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