Comparing 1960s Protests To Today's, And New Revelations About Leonardo Da Vinci

Oct 23, 2017

New discoveries about Leonardo Da Vinci served as the impetus for Walter Isaacson's latest biography.
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During the Vietnam War, military conflict in Southeast Asia aggravated flaring social issues back home. Today, we discuss how activism during the war advanced the fight for civil rights on many fronts, and how mass protests then compare to today's resistance movements. Then, renowned biographer Walter Issacson takes us into the mind of Leonardo da Vinci. Learn about the original Renaissance man, who painted Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, and laid groundwork for centuries of scientific progress.

As part of Big Read KC, UMKC history professors Sandra Enríquez and Rebecca Davis will discuss Vietnam War-era protests at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25. For more information, visit

Walter Isaacson presents his new biography, 'Leonardo da Vinci,' at the Unity Temple on the Plaza at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27. For ticketing and more information, visit