Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Public Program

Truman Legacy Series: Susan Rice

7 p.m., Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.

Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, delivers an inspiring account of a life in service to family and country in her memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For.

Rice recalls pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, which began during President Clinton’s administration and continued into Obama’s presidency when she served as one of his most trusted advisors. Tough Love provides an insider’s account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades. Rice also reveals previously untold stories behind more recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the war against ISIS, the struggle to contain the fallout from Edward Snowden’s leaks, and the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Please join us for a Truman Legacy Series program featuring Rice in conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder and President of Rainy Day Books.


Membership starts at just $35 a year and includes free access to programs like the upcoming Bennett Forum on the Presidency.



Admission for all others is $30 and includes a hardcover of Dr. Rice’s book and admission for up to two people. Admission packages must be purchased through Rainy Day Books.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019
Film Screening

‘Dr. Strangelove’ Film Screening

6 p.m. Screening

Pharaoh Cinema 4
114 W. Maple Ave.
Independence, MO 64050

Revisit an American political classic with this special screening of Dr. Strangelove, the next film in the Presidents on the Big Screen series. Described by Roger Ebert as “arguably the best political satire of the century,” the 1964 film mocks the Cold War fears of a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia in a suspenseful comedy.

The film will be shown at Pharaoh Cinema 4 in Independence. The screening is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. The Presidents on the Big Screen series is presented by the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Truman Library Institute and CinemaKC.


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Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Bennett Forum on the Presidency

6 p.m., Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.

Now in its 13th year, the Bennett Forum on the Presidency is a signature program of the Truman Library Institute and features high-profile speakers discussing the presidency and America’s form of democracy. The 2019 installment of this beloved program will focus on current events viewed through the lens of our nation’s history, including America’s greatest presidents, their leadership and their decision-making styles.

The 13th Annual Bennett Forum on the Presidency will feature an insightful conversation between former U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and The Washington Post’s David Von Drehle.

Please join us for this special program, which includes stimulating dialogue between our panelists followed by a Q&A-style conversation with the audience. This program has consistently sold out in recent years, so make plans to secure your tickets early.

Truman Library Institute members receive FREE tickets to the Bennett Forum and are able to secure their tickets during an exclusive priority period from October 1 – 18. All others may purchase tickets for $10 each beginning October 19, assuming tickets are still available.


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Thursday, June 4, 2020
Travel Opportunity


An exclusive benefit for members of The Buck Stops Here Society
June 4-13, 2020

Revisit the dramatic history of WWII. See Allied bombing sites, concentration camps, war museums, Potsdam, memorials, and so much more. Historic, cultural and scenic highlights will provide an enjoyable combination of learning and leisure.

This trip is offered exclusively to members of the Truman Library Institute’s The Buck Stops Here Society in conjunction with the 75th Anniversary of Truman’s presidency and the end of World War II.

We are pleased to once again be working with our award-winning partners from Battle Honours Tours to present this custom experience that will include overnight stops in Nuremberg and Dresden.



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