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

(Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84206282809?pwd=THdkQlNBNENjZ3Bpbit5Z1grN3hEZz09
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Program for Sunday, July 7, 2024

Maria Ressa at Nobel Prize Summit, 2023.[6]

Nobel winners Ressa, Matviichuk:
The Future of Democracy

Social media and Journalism as relates to democracy and authoritarianism — a discussion lead by Luis Flores.

Video: Hope has a Plan | Maria Ressa | Nobel Prize Summit, 2023.[1] Maria Ressa is a journalist of 38 years, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and champion for independent journalism as an antidote for tyranny. She is cofounder of Rappler.com, an independent Internet news outlet. She discusses the rise of disinformation through advances in information technology and ways of dealing with the injuries inflicted on democracy.

Ressa is author of How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future,[2] and the subject of the 2000 Frontline documentary: A Thousand Cuts.[3]

Video portion from: Defending democracy | Fact & Fiction | The Future of Democracy | Nobel Prize Brussels 2024.[4] Featuring Oleksandra Matviichuk, 2022 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Oleksandra Matviichuk heads the human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties. She fights for democratic reforms in Ukraine and the OSCE region (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe)[5].

[1] Hope has a Plan | Maria Ressa | Nobel Prize Summit, 2023: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j1T1PfApZga. AI generated transcript: https://otter.ai/u/tzYGAT_MPAgkxAM8wl7oOgfwugs?utm_source=copy_url.

[2] Book How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future, By Maria Ressa, Harper Collins 2022 and 2023. Harper Collins: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/how-to-stand-up-to-a-dictator-maria-ressa?variant=41038093352994, Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/How-Stand-Up-Dictator-Future/dp/0063257513/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0.

[3] PBS Frontline A Thousand Cuts, 2021, also at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Award-winning filmmaker Ramona Diaz tells the story of President Duterte’s crackdown on the press, his pursuit of Maria Ressa and her colleagues, the role of online disinformation, and the implications for democracy. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQpjfWV_p6E.

[4] Defending democracy | Fact & Fiction | The Future of Democracy | Nobel Prize Brussels 2024: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY4tidsWun4. This video starts with Maria Ressa[1], but we will start at 14:30 segment with Oleksandra Matviichuk, 2022 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. AI generated transcript: https://otter.ai/u/VXj2EPx7dbjsKtlLoDPMiUWqd8Y?utm_source=copy_url.

[5] Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organization_for_Security_and_Co-operation_in_Europe.

[6] Maria Ressa at Nobel Prize Summit, 2023, frame from Hope has a Plan[1]. Fair use assertion.

Future Programs — JULY

  • July 14: Noam Chomsky: Media and Mass Manipulation

This video Professor Hans-Georg Moeller presents Noam Chomsky and his ideas on media. Portions of speeches by Chomsky, his 1988 book Manufacturing Consent and the 1992 documentary of the same name, and a discussion of how Chomsky developed his political ideas and even relating to his linguistic research.

  • July 21: Fred Whitehead presenting life and writings of Flannery O’Connor, the distinguished Southern author.
  • July 28: 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.

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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