Iran sanctions, the nuclear agreement and Iranian-American relations

Program for August 30, 2015
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

Hossein Bahmaie, Economics and Social Science instructor at Longview Community College

We’ll discuss the implications of the most recent nuclear agreement and how it might impact the Middle East.

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The Journey Continues

Program for August 23, 2015
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301img_1254

Don Bell, former Presbyterian Minister, Biblical scholar

1) Heraclitus Parmenides 2) James Joyce: What is important?  3) “Go set a watchman”

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Public Engagement in the Digital Immersion Age

Program for August 16, 2015
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301
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William Mullins, Founder Kessler Institute

The rapid growth of high speed information/communications technology, presents some difficulties for strategic and policy initiatives in government, commerce, and education.

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William Stafford, Poet and Christian Humanist

Program for August 9, 2015
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301IMG_1508

Fred Whitehead, Poet, author, freethought historian and activist

Stafford (1914-1993) grew up in rural Kansas, graduated from the University of Kansas, was a conscientious objector during WWII, and achieved acclaim and affection during a long life of writing and lecturing.

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ROUND TABLE BOOK DISCUSSION of “War Against All Puerto Ricans” by Nelson Denis

Program for August 2, 2015
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

Mike Hoey (convener), Free thinker, independent scholar

The book traces the life of Pedro Albizu Campos, leader of the Nationalist Party and the independence movement, as an allegory for the entire history of Puerto Rico under US rule.

About the book
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An Intellectual Journey

Program for July 26, 2015
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

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Eric Dollard, Free thinker, scholar of religion, philosophy and religious studies

Eric will discuss his life journey from a religious background to free thought and philosophy.

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Environmental Regional Sustainability

Program for July 19, 2015
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301Wagner

Richard Wagner, Ph. D. Economics, Rockhurst University

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Kansas City No Violence Alliance – a Model for Change

Program for July 12, 2015
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

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Chris Young, Sargent Kansas City Police Department, N.O.V.A. (Kansas City No Violence Alliance)

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ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Misunderstandings and Misapprehensions About Social Issues like Voting and Civil Rights – When is Ignorance Bliss?”

Program for July 5, 2015
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

CONVENERS: Dave Carson, non-cellphone owner and Ray Riepen, retired lawyer;  Mike Hoey, (media specialist);  Luis Flores, (moderator)

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Climate Disturbance, Moral Obligations and Existential Choices

Program for June 28, 2015
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Haag Hall, Room 301

Ben Kjelshus, MSW in Community Organization from UMC, Founder of KC Food Circle and longtime green activist; Mike Hoey, Rosemarie Woods, and Luis Flores (responders)

Recognizing the reality of climate change and obligations to the future, we are challenged to make meaningful choices.

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