A Center for Free Thought

Main photo: “The Death of Socrates” by Jacques-Louis David, public domain

We are a community of persons, based in the Kansas City Metro Area, who are lovers of truth, reason, and people.

The solution has to start with the real story” Raoul Peck

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Program for Sunday, July 21, 2024

Flannery O’Connor (right) in 1948 [3]

Flannery O’Connor

Fred Whitehead and Kim Howard Myers present the life and writings of Flannery O’Connor, the distinguished Southern author.[1]

O’Connor’s first novel, Wise Blood, was made into a feature film directed by John Huston.[2] Some additional references in the footnotes.[3]

[1] Flannery O’Connor, Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flannery_O%27Connor.

[2] A feature film of her first novel Wise Blood, directed by John Huston: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PCtiam0pS8.

[3] Another documentary on O’Connor your ad hoc secretary has noticed: https://www.youtube.com/live/wnBWbCEZiNI and you will find a riches of resource if you Google Flannery O’Connor. (Your Secretary also apologizes to O’Connor for having read her last book for English class 50 years ago and only now discovering she was a woman. My teacher at a Catholic college was once a member of the Communist party, would have thought would have been sensitive enough to have told us that.)

[4] Image Attribution: Wikimedia, By Charles Cameron Macauley – I (Cmacauley (talk) 22:41, 28 February 2010 (UTC)) created this work entirely by myself., CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12886228.

Future Programs


  • July 28: Ken Schmitz: Folding Paper Cranes: An Atomic Memoir. This book was written by Leonard Bird – a first hand account of the “military experiment” using about 18,000 soldiers to see how solders would react on actual situation of a nuclear war. Ken will also have a tribute to Rita as she was helping him on this talk.
  • August 4: Gordon Elliott: On Diet — discussion of new research on diet and the gut, and several modern diets or general diet plans which intentionally or unintentionally take this research into account.
  • August 11: Remembering Mike Caddell, producer of the daily Radio Free Kansas and the Fightin’ Cock Flyer news blog. (https://www.mscnews.net/announcements/view.cfm?ak=23243)
  • TBD: Ranked Choice Voting.

There are two ways to join our meeting (2:00 to 4:00 PM)

1. In Person: 312 Haag Hall, UMKC:

5211 Charlotte St. Parking. (Click enlarge)
Image components: Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/b3XtZV2LaBh8diM97

Our Sunday CoR meetings are now held in Haag Hall, 312, on the UMKC Campus. Free parking is plentiful on Sundays. It is strongly advised (because of the extreme convenience provided) that the parking building be used. Drive to level 4 of the parking building at the corner of 52nd and Rockhill Road. (The entrances are a little south-west on Charlotte street.) After parking, walk across the aerial skywalk to Haag and Royall Halls. The skywalk dead-ends in a hallway on the 3rd floor. After the reaching the hallway, turn to your right. Walk a few steps, turn to your right. Enter Haag 312.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/b3XtZV2LaBh8diM97

Google and Apple Maps give accurate parking garage directions for “5211 Charlotte St., Kansas City, MO.” Spiral up the garage to level 4 on the west side, and use the east side to descend to the street level. (If on the way you wind up on Holmes, drive east on 53rd to Charlotte, as 52nd is one-way westbound, but to exit to Holmes use 52nd. Most will exit directly to Rockhill, and must use 53rd.)


2. Zoom meeting athttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84206282809?pwd=THdkQlNBNENjZ3Bpbit5Z1grN3hEZz09 (NEW–Click here for web browser or Zoom enabled cell phone.)

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For past programs, please check out our Monthly schedules page.


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