Monthly Calendar

Sunday Programs for May 2017


Programs begin at 1 pm

All programs are free.  Everyone is welcome


May 7  “Capitalism, History and Analysis:  A Panel Discussion

Fred Whitehead,  Poet, author, freethought historian and activist; and James Webb, Department of Economics UMKC, President Community of Reason KC and community activist

May 14 “What Does It Mean to Be Age-Friendly?

Joan McDowd, Ph.D., UMKC Professor of Psychology

May 21  “Why Don’t Atheists Build Hospitals?  or, It’s Not Theology, It’s Biology

Rodney Staab M.S., American History, Peace Corps

May 28  “Remembering Mental Health Care Victims: ‘Healing Voices,’”

Chritian Wade,  “I am a consumer and survisor of the mental health system

A P. J. Moynihan Documentary in conjunction with “Poetry for Personal Power.”

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Sunday Programs for April, 2017


Programs begin at 1 pm

All programs are free.  Everyone is welcome


April 2  “Refugees: Crisis or Opportunity – A Kansas City View”

Sofia Khan, M.D., founder of KC for refugees (http://kcforrefugees.weebly. com/), an organization that welcomes and supports those who have been forced to flee their home countries and settle here in the greater Kansas City area

April 9 “‘Matewan,’ a film about unionization of coal miners”

Christian L Wade and Brianna Burton, officers of Greater Kansas City IWW (International Workers of the World), (see Greater Kansas City IWW on FACEBOOK and IWW.org)

This event is co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City International Workers of the World and Community of Reason K.C.

April 16 “The Dancing Bees: Karl von Don Frisch and the Discovery of the Honey Bee Language”

Tania Munz, Ph.D., Historian of Science, Linda Hall Library Vice President for Research and Scholarship, author of: The Dancing Bees: Karl von Don Frisch and the Discovery of the Honey Bee Language

April 23 “Who are the Russians? Why the Cold War?”

Kirsten E. A. Borg, Ph.D., Historian and author (www.Booksbykeab.com)

April 30 ” What I Didn’t Learn in Graduate School – ‘why can’t we all just get along?’ – a Look at Diversity Experts: Our Animals”

Annette Lepique, B. S., M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration); Petunia Unruh-Lepique, P.I.G. (pot-belly)


Community of Reason KC

Sunday Programs for March, 2017


Programs begin at 1 pm

All programs are free. Everyone is welcome


March 5 “How to Build a Community”

Dre Taylor, Founder of Nile Valley Aquaphonics

March 12 “Science and Society: A Personal View on a Metaphoric Pack of Cigarettes – How Words Shape Society”

Kenneth S. Schmitz, UMKC Professor Emeritus of Biophysical Chemistry and Environmental Studies faculty

March 19  “From the Arab Spring to Fergusion: Protest Connections”

Lewis Diuguid, author, journalist, editor, formerly with Kansas City Star, Harvard University’s Lois M. Lyons award for Conscinece and Integrity in Journalism; and, Bette Tate-Beaver, executive Director of the National Association for Multicultural Education.

March 26″KC Metropolis 4.0: Supporting Diversity in the Predatory Era of Digital Technocracy

Bill Mullins, Founder of the Kessler Institute – KC

This talk will be a reflection on an ecosystemic response to the endless commercialization of contemporary American Life in relation to planning for the next decade of KC’s future.



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 Sunday Programs for October, 2015


Programs begin at 1 pm

All programs are free.  Everyone is welcome


October 4  “ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Where is the Doomsday Clock (from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)?”

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

We’ll discuss the possibility of a final nuclear weapons treaty to supersede the existing Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Everyone is wekome to join in the discussion.

October 11  “Health Means Wealth: Nutritional Strategies for Underdeverloped Countries Where Malnutrition of Children Blocks Economic and Social Development”

David Yand,  Ph. D.,Chief Technology Officer/Partner, OTC Nutrition LLC

October 18 “Etta Semple: Kansas Freethinker and ‘Ideal’ Woman (Ottawa, Kansas 1855-1914)

Vickie Stangl, author and Great Plains Chapter President of, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

October 25 “An African Immigrant’s Perspective on the United States of America”

Chiluba Musonda, UMKC international student advisor and author of Home Away From Home: The Story of an International Student’s Journey from Africa to America

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Sunday Programs for July 2015

July 5 “ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Misunderstandings and Misapprehensions About Social Issues like Voting and Civil Rights – When is Ignorance Bliss?”

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

July 12 “Kansas City No Violence Alliance- a Model for Change”

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

July 19 “Environmental Regional Sustainability”

Richard Wagner, Ph. D. Economics, Rockhurst University

July 26 “An Intellectual Journey”

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

Community of Reason KC

Sunday Programs for June 2015


Programs begin at 1 pm

All programs are free. Everyone is welcome


June 7 “ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION BOOK REVIEW: Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari (an extended argument for ending the war on drugs)”

CONVENERS: David Carson, non-cellphone owner;  Doug Greer,  democratic socialist and reader of books; Mike Hoey; media specialist and Ray Riepen, retired lawyer

June 14 “Trees!  Trees!  Trees!”

Wendy Sangster, Community Forester at Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center and Missouri Department of Conservation

June 21 “Kansas City’s Pressing Issues: Human Rights, Urban Neglect, Mental Health, Minimum Wage and the Arts”

Katherine Shields, Former Jackson County Executive (1995-2006) and presently City Council Candidate for 4th District-at-large

June 28 “Climate Disturbance, Moral Obligations and Existential Choices”

Ben Kjelshus,  MSW in Community Oraganization from UMC, Founder of KC Food Circle and longtime green activist; Mike Hoey (responder)

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


 

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Sunday
Programs for July, 2014


Programs begin at 1 pm

All programs are
free.  Everyone is welcome


July  6  “CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Torah -Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (3rd in a series)”

Eric Dollard,Religious scholar

How much of the Torah is still relevant today in Judaism or in modern life?

July 13  “Preparing Our Next Workforce: Challenges Facing Our Minority Youth”

Kate Corwin, President and Founder of Greenworks in Kansas City

July 20  “Making Your Home Healthy:  Pests Be Gone!”

Michael Swoyer, Supervisor of Rat Control

Doing the ‘mostest’ with the ‘leastest’ that’s the safest and the cheapest

July 27 “Social Justice, Inequality and Immigration”

Father Michael Gillgannon, Catholic priest with 38 years experience in Latin America

The connection between national policies of economics and political policies in the age of globalization

Everybody welcome.
All events are free

 

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Sunday
Programs for June , 2014


Programs begin at 1 pm

All programs are free.
Everyone is welcome


June
1  “CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Daily Life in Ancient Israel,
Economy, Social Institutions, Religious Institutions, Archeology of Palestine, History of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Nations (second in a series)

Eric Dollard, Religious scholar

June 8  “Prairie Politics:  Our Opportunity to Survive”

Ben Kjelshus,  MSW in Community Organization from UMC, Founder of KC Food Circle and longtime Green activist;  Dee Berry, taught General Systems Theory at UMKC and Park University, served as coordinator for the National Clearing House for the Green
Committee of Correspondence (gpus.org); Doug Greer,
Chair, Friends of Community Media

The speakers will preview the upcoming conference – Transforming Politics On the Prairie:  Building the Green Party in the Midwest – June 13-15, 2014

June 15  “Ageism in the United States:  A Looming Threat to Our Social Security and Medicare”

David E. Kingsley, Ph.D., Professor of Statistics (retired) at KU Med Center, Department of Health Policy Management

June 22  “Guilt: Easier to Prove Than Innocence”

Jeffrey Humfeld, Producer of Jaws of Justice Radio, KKFI( 9 am on Mondays) 

June 29 “Big Little Man:  In Search of My Asian Self

Alex Tizon,  Author of Big Little Man:  In Search of My Asian Self
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014).  Pulitzer Price-winning journalist, wrote for the Los Angeles Times and the Seattle Times; and, presently teaches st the University of Oregon.  Copies of his book
will be available for purchase


 

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Sunday
Programs for May 2014


Programs begin at 1 pm

All programs are
free.  Everyone is welcome


May
4  “CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES: ‘Hey Mathew, How goes it?’
Some thoughts on the historical critical method and Gospel of Mathew”

Don Bell, retired
Presbyterian Minister, Biblical scholar

May 11 “Aging and Metabolic Disease:  How Protein
Modifications Regulate Cellular Energy Production”

Chad Slawson,
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Kansas University Medical Center

May 18  “Monarch Butterfly Conservation: The
Challenges of Mitigation”

Orley “Chip” Taylor,
Director of Monarch Watch Biological Survey, University of Kansas

May 25 “Fiscal Austerity:  Medieval Medicine for
Economic Ills”

James Webb,
Economics Department and Social Science Consortium, UMKC and CoR KC
President

We don’t have enough money to
do  … (whatever) … the economic equivalent of leeches and
bloodletting to cure all that ails us.



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Sunday
Programs for April, 2014

 


Programs begin at 1 pm

All programs are free.
Everyone is welcome

 


April
6 “CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Biblical Manuscripts – Thier Nature and
Origin (first in a series)”

Eric Dollard,  Religious Scholar

 

April
13
“Mitochondria, Energy and Health”

Russell Swerdlow, M.D., Director, University
of Kansas Alzheimer’s Center, Professor of Neurology, Molecular and
Integrative Physiology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

After a short overview, Dr. Swerdlow will
lead a question-and-answer session on anti-aging intervention.
 

 

April
20
“LABORFEST (a little early)”

Judy and Bill
Claus
,
Judy is a retired teacher and member of a teacher’s union.  Bill
is with KKFI, a labor activist and past member of the Kansas City Labor
Council: 

 

Diana and Bob Suckiel, Diana is a retired
Union Plummer, Local 8.  Bob worked 40 years with 4
railroads as Engineer, Conductor, Brakeman, Switchman and laid
tracks.  He is a

 

retired member of the Teamsters Union.  The
couple performed labor shows from Bar Harbor, Vermont to a folk
festival in Vancouver, Canada.

 

A commemoration of the struggle for
the 8-hour Day, the Hay Market Massacre and the coming of industrial
unionism in spoken word and songs from 1868 to the present,

 

featuring
Eugene V. Debs, Mother Jones, IWW and the struggle for the dignity of
work.

 

 

April
27
  “Placing Animals:  Exploring How Geographers
Study Human-Animal Relations”

Julie Urbanik,  Ph.D., Associate
Teaching Professor, Department of Geosciences, UMKC, author of, Placing Animals:  An
Introduction to the Geography of Human-Animal Relations
,

 

which was selected as an Outstanding Book of 2013 by Choice
Library Journal.


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Sunday
Programs for March, 2014

 


Programs begins at 1 pm

All programs are free.
Everyone is welcome

 


March
2 “CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Biblical Manuscripts – Thier Nature and
Origin (first in a series)”

Eric Dollard,  Religious Scholar

March
9
“Sex Matters (in Migraine)”

Nancy Elizabeth Johnson Berman,
Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology of Kansas Medical Center

March
16
“The Demonic and the Demure: Rape and
Race in the 20’s in Coffeyville, Kansas”

Geof Neuman, Doctoral Candidate at
University of Kansas, Department of History

When
two white high school girls banged on their neighbor’s door at 2 am
crying and hysterical, it plunged a small city in Kansas into a week
of riot, lynching and occupation by the National Guard. This
incident had an outcome very different from what one would expec
t.

March
23
  “Lake Chad: The Drying Lake in Africa – Is it Really
Drying?”

Jejung Lee,  Ph.D., UMKC Professor of
Geosciences, visiting scientist at NASA

 

March 30
“Out of Africa:  How Do You Merge a Humanitarian Effort with
Research? – A look at the 20-year Effort with the HIV Pandemic”

Carole McArthur,  B.S. Zoology, Ph. D.,
Immunology, M.D., Pathology

Community of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs for February, 2014


Programs begins at 1 pm

All programs are free.  Everyone is welcome


February 2 “CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Religion, the Environment and Practical Human Concerns – Open Discussion”

Ben Kjelshus and Luis Flores (modrator).  Audience participation is welcome and encouraged.

February 9“Sustainable Agriculture is Necessary for Sustainable Life”

Wes Jackson, Land Institute President, Salina, KS. Developer of perennial grains (landinstitute.com)  

February 16“TENTH ANNUAL DARWIN DAY TODD KELSO MEMORIAL – How the Tree of Life Became a Tangled Web: Changes in Evolutionary Theory”

Eliseo Fernandez, Scientific Consultant at Linda Hall Library

The role of analogy in Darwin’s thought and in later developments in evolutionary thought

February 23 “Healing with Music: The Science of Music at Work”

Sandy Maddux Jackson,  MTBC

 


Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for January, 2014


Program begins at 1 pm

All programs are free.  Everyone is welcome



January 5 “CRITICAL
RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Religion, the Environment and Practical Human Concerns – Open
Discussion”

Luis Floresand Ben Kjelshus,
moderators.  Audience
participation
is welcome and
encouraged.

January 12 “Computational Thinking and Mindful Computing:
How are They Related? – a Roundtable Discussion”

Bill Mullins,

Itinerant Systemizer  

January 19 “SECOND ANNUAL FRED WHITEHEAD ACTIVISM
SYMPOSIUM: Crisis and Commonwealth (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013)”

Charlie Reitz,
retired
professor, Kansas City Kansas Community College

January 26 “TIDE: A Long-Term Whole Ecosystem Nutrient Enrichment Experiment”


John Fleeger, 
UMKC Geosciences visiting
professor, Professor emiritus Louisiana State University, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of
Science

 

 


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Sunday
Programs for December, 2013


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome.  All
events are free.
.


December
1 “CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES : Kriya Yoga – Mystical Practice for
Everyday Living”

Nora Quiason,  M.D.,
Kriya Yoga practitioner

December 8 “Mitochondria Series (IV):
Mitochondrial Dysfunction”

Pamela Johnson, M.D., (Pediatrician)

December
15 “A Sociology of Economics”

Hendrik F. Van Den Berg,  Ph.D.,
Professor of Economics at the University of Nebraska, on sabbatical at
UMKC

When in 2009 the Queen of Englan asked economists at the
London School of Economics why they had not foreseen the financial
crisis coming, they evaded the question.  To date, mainstream
economists continue to avoid answering that question.   On
the suspicion that we are dealing with a cultural problem rather than a
scientific problem,we’ll seek insight from sociology.

December
22  “Our Media Crisis: Proportions, Sources of Corruption and
Organizational Solutions”

Doug Greer, Chair of Friends of
Community Media, http://ourfcm.org

December
29  “A Freethought Look Toward 2014 … and Beyond:  Open
Discussion at the Community of Reason”

All are welcome to join in the discussion


Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for November, 2013


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome



November
3 “CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES – Buddhism – Religion without a
God”

Luis Flores,  Longview Community College
Instructor
of Psychology and
Philosophy

November 10 “Mitochondria Series (III):
ATP – The Energy Currency of the Cell”

Karen Bane,
Ph.D., Associate Professor,
UMKC School of Biological Sciences University

November 17 “Connecting the Ecological Dots: Local Initiatives and Global Imperatives”


Ben Kjelshus, 
MSW in Community Organization
from UMC, founder of KC Food Circle and longtime green activist, Dee
Berry
, taught General Systems Theory at UMKC and Park University,
served as coordinator for the National Clearing House for the Green Committee of Correspondence
(gpus.org)

 

November 24  “Negotiating Identity:
Understanding the Politics of Delaware Town in the 1820s”

Mellisa Eaton, doctoral candidate, The College of
William and Mary, Department of Anthropology, and Anthroppology Faculty
at Metropolitan Community
College-Longivew

 

This presentation
describes the historical and archaeological research surrounding the ten-year
Delaware/Lenape occupation of Delaware Town in southwestern
Missouri.


Community of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs for October, 2013


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


October 6  “CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES – “Before God(s) – There were Spirits”

James Webb,   Department of Economics and Social Science Consortium, UMKC

What animistic beliefs of early hunter-gatherer societies tell us about religion and reason in the 21st century

October 13 “The Origin and Evolution of Mitochondria”

Mindy L Walker, Ph.D., Evolutionary Geneticist, Associate Professor of Biology, Rockhurst University

October 20  “Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game:  Why Democratization so Rarely Succeeds”

Mona Lyne, Ph.D., UMKC Associate Professor of political science and Departmental Chair

October 27  “Is Capitalism Bad for Women?”

Ann Cudd, University distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, University of Kansas, Co-author with Nancy Holmstrom, Capitalism, For and Against: A Feminine Debate (2011, available at Amazon)

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Sunday Programs
for September, 2013


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


September 1  “CRITICAL
RELIGIOUS STUDIES
– “A God Atheists Can Believe In: A Postmodern-Medieval-Cyberspace-Prehistoric
Perspective”

Dr. Vern Barnet,  Unitarian minister,
former (“Faith and
Beliefs”)

September 8 “Mitochondria:  An Overview (1st of a series)”

Russell Swerdlow, M..D. ,.Director, University of
Kansas Alzheimer’s Center, Professor of Neurology, Molecular and Integrative
Physiology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

September 15  “Dirac:  The Strangest Man”

Dr.
Wilfred Niels Arnold
, Ph.D., Adjunct
Professor of History and Philosophy of Medicine and; onetime Professor of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology, Kansas University Medical Center and Kenneth S.
Schmitz
, UMKC Professor of Physical Chemistry and Environmental
Studies

We will explore the hidden life of
Paul Dirac (1902-84), outstanding theoretical physicist and noble prize
winner.

September 22  “Conceptions and Misconceptions Regarding Political Violence”

Rebecca H Best, Ph.D., Assistant
professor, Department of Political Science,
UMKC

 

September 29  “The Struggle for Justice in the
Work Place:  A
Living Wage, the Right to Organize and Health Care”

Justin Stein, Kansas City organizer
for MO Jobs with Justice


Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for August, 2013


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


August 4
CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES – “Science and Faith: Conflict, Contrast or
Convergence?”

Leroy Seat,  Ph.D., (Christian Philosophy),
Professor Emeritus of Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka City, Japan; Rockhurst
University Adjunct (http://theviewfromthisseat.blogspot.com

August 11 “August 1863: Civil War Events in the Kansas City
Area, Leading Up to and Including the Lawrence Raid”

Harold Dellinger, Kansas City Author and Historian

The Civil War events of August 1863 including the collapse of the Kansas
City Prison housing women thought to have been Confederate sympathizers and the
subsequent  Lawrence, Kansas raid by Confederate guerrillas

August 18
“The Anthropocene:  The New Geology of Humankind”

Michael Miller, M. D., M. A. (Geography)

Has humankind become the dominant geologic force in the
world?

August 25
“Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Use in Drug Development and Testing”

William Brooks, Ph. D., Director, Hoglund Brain Imaging
Center; Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Kansas Medical
Center


Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for July, 2013


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


July 7
CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES – “Religious Literacy:  Why it
Matters?”

Bill Tammeus,   former Faith section
columnist for The Kansas City Star; “Faith Matters” blog;  Author of A
Gift of Meaning
(2001),They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland
During the Holocaust,
(2009) and Visitation: A Century of Faith,
(2009) 

July 14 “Mercury Pollution, the Other Global Environmental
Crisis”

Craig Volland, international expert on mercury
pollution and Air Quality Chair, Kansas Sierra Club

Half the top predatory fish in US lakes are contaminated with mercury.
This menace is analogous to climate change and has the same basic
cause.

July 21
“Connecting the Ecological Dots: Local Intiatives and Global Imperatives”

Round Table Discussion, everyone is welcome to join in
the discussion

June 28
“Poverty: The Fallout for Women and Children”

Sister Berta Sailer,  Co-Founder of Operation
Breakthrough

We’ll discuss the obstacles confronting working poor families in the
inner city.


Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for June, 2013


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


June 2
“CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES: What is the Meaning and Role of the Pope in the
21st Century?”

Larry Guillot, Interfaith Council (consultant),
Creative Community Services (principal), Second Vatican Council in Rome (news
corp), Ph. T., Gregorian University (Rome); Biagio Mazza, St.
Sabrina’s Parish in Belton (Pastoral Associate). Catholic theologian,
lecturer and adult educator 

June 9
“Chopin’s Heart”

Wilfred A. Arnold, Ph. D., Adjunct Professor of History
and Philosophy of Medicine, and, onetime Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology, Kansas University Medical Center (read anstract of his talk on our
website, communityofreasonkc.org)

June 16
The Making and Breaking of an American Spy“(Strategic Book
Publishing

James A Everett, Former CIA Intelligence (deep cover
spy) and author. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale
($15)

June 23
“Brain Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Their Treatment”

Russell Swerdlow,M.D. Director, University of Kansas
Alzheimer’s Center; Professor of Neurology, Molecular and Integrative
Physiology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

June 30
“What the Frack are We Doing?”

Rita Norton,, Sustainable Energy Advocate, and
Kenneth S Schmitz, UMKC Professor of Physical Chemistry and
Environmental Studies

“Fracking” is short for “hydraulic fracturing,” a process by which vertical and, more recently, horizontal drilling with water, sand and “proprietary formulas” of chemicals are injected deep into the earth to force out crude fossil fuels, including those referred to as “natural gas.”  Ken will talk about the science of fracking.  Rita will talk about its destructive charm.

Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for May  2013


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


May 5
CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES – “Religious Awe and Ciritcal Thought: New
Directions”

Don Bell, retired Presbyterian Minister, Biblical
scholar 

May 12
“LABORFEST (a litle late)”

Bill Clause,  KKFI and Labor activist;
Bob and Diana Suckiel,  Bob worked 40
years with 4 railroads as Engineer, Conductor, Brakeman, Switchman and laid
tracks. He is a retired member of the Teamsters Union.  Diana is a retired
Union Plumber, Local 8.  The couple performed labor shows from Bar Harbor,
Vermont to a folk festival in Vancouver, Canada

A commemoration of the struggle for the
8-hour Day, the Hay Market Massacre and the coming of industrial unionism in
spoken word and songs from 1868 to the present, featuring Eugene V. Debs, Mother
Jones, IWW, and the struggle for the dignity of
work..

May 19  “Crossing Over: From Kenya to Kansas City”

Enock Odede,  B.A. (economics), MBA, original native of

Kenya

 

May 26
“This Brave New ePublishing World”

Randy Attwood, Kansas
City fiction author
   

Randy Attwood provides his experiences and views on
digital publishing  ebooks and print-on-demand
books.
 

 

Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for April 2013


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


April 7
CRITICAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES – “Religious Awe and Critical Thought:  An
Introduction”

Dr. Anton K. Jacobs,  Writer/lecturer of
sociology, philosophy and religion; K.C. Art Institute faculty; United Church of
Christ Clergyman; author of Religion and the Critical Mind (Lexington
Books, 2010) 

April 14
“The Nature of Human Nature Part 1: Motoring Along on Automatic Pilot”

William Sturgill,  Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology,
Professor of Pychology at Rockhurst University   

As John Dewey queried “What function does consciousness
serve?”

April 21  “ONLY CONNECT: Kansas City gives it up
for Goggle”

Whitney Terrell,  New Letters Writer-in-Residence, UMKC; Author of The King of Kings
County
;
Shannon Jackson, Associate Professor of
Anthropology, UMKC 

April 28 “Libertarian Bastardy in ‘Brownbackistan’: The Rise of
the New Confederacy from Fred C. Koch to the Tea Party”

Michael Caddell,  Publisher Fightin’ Cock Flyer, political polemicist, humorist,
producer and host of Radio Free Kansas station on the
net
   
   

 

Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for March  2013


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


March 3
“Integration: Progress or Regress?

Richard Mabion , community and environemntal
activist and Sierra Club Board member 

March 10 “Dying in America: Why We Make Poor End-of-Life
Decisions”

Kim Logan,  M.A., Hospice
Director   

March 17  “The Triumph of Continental Drift
Theory:  Dramatic Evidence that Ended Decades of Controversy in Geology”

 

Henry (Hank) Frankel,  Professor of Philosophy, UMKC

Through the confirmation of the
Vine-Matthews hypothesis and Wilson’s idea of transform faults the drifters
minority hypothesis became the consensus

March 24 “This Brave New ePublishing World”

Randy
Attwood,
Kansas City fiction
author
   

Randy Attwood provides his experiences and views on digital publishing
ebooks and print-on-demand books.

March 31 “Our Culture’s Addiction to Energy and Our
Alienation from Nature:  Group discussion – all are welcome too join in”

Ben Kjelshus,  Founder of KC
Food Circle and longtime green activist; Luis Flores, Longview
College Instructor of Psychology and Philosophy

 

 

Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for February 2013


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


February 3
“Stop Local Deal-Making for Nuclear Weapons Parts: Vote!!”

Jane Stover and Rachel MacNair ,
Members of PeaceWorks KC

Kansas City is making history with the April 2 ballot measure to
prevent further financial arrangements for producing non-nuiclear (but sometimes
radioactive) parts for nuclear weapons.  Info and yard signs will be
available.

February 10 “The Evolution of Flightlessness: A Three-Point
Landing for the Origin of Flight,” 3rd in the series

David A Burnham,  Ph.D., Paleontologist,
Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas  

We will discuss the dinosaur-like birds (bird-like dinosaurs),
velociraptor and bambiraptor (discovered and named by Dr.
Burnham).

February 17 NINTH ANNUAL DARWIN DAY TODD KELSO MEMORIAL: “Damn
Good Company'”

 Luis Granados,  Author, Washington Attorney,

contributed articles on the history of religion to Secular Nation,
Free Inquiry and the Humanist

Damned Good Company is a book of 20 stories of heroes around
the world who stood up against the power of the God experts of their time and
place. In honor of Darwin Day, Luis will share the story of the battles between
Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, culminating in their confrontation
at the Scopes trial in Dayton, Tennessee.

February 24
“Storing Wind Energy: Clean, Safe, Affordable Alternative to Coal, Gas or
Nuclear Power”

Joe Spease,  CEO of WindSoftly that develops wind/CAES
projects, Chairman of the Hydraulic Fracturing Committee of the Kansas Sierra
Club

Wind/compressed energy storage systems (CAES) are the most important
technology that makes coal, gas and nuclear power unnecessary


Community
of Reason  KC

 

Sunday Programs
for January 2013


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


January 6
“Animal Factories: The Poster Child for Inappropriate Technology”

Craig Volland, Qualified Environmental Professional,
Chair of the Agricultural Committee of the Kansas Chapter, Sierra Club

The misguided and dangerous technologies utilized in the processing of
meat products for human consumption will be analyzed and compared.

January 13
“A Three-Point Landing for the Origin of Flight: The Four-Winged Wonders”
(2nd in the series)

David A Burnham,  Ph.D., Paleontologist,
Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas  

The four-winged gliders, supposed featherd “dinosaurs,” e.g.,
Microraptors, are new discoveries out of China, discoveries which confirmed old
ideas

January 20 FRED WHITEHEAD ACTIVISM SYMPOSIUM: “Seeds
of the 60’s – Martin Luther King … ‘DJango Unchained'”

 

Rev. Michael Gilgannon,  Catholic Missionary in Bolivia for 38 years; and,
Joe White,  Community Organizer

Analysis and debate of social change, Martin Luther king’s influence, where we are
today and where do we go from here

January 27 “Teddy Roosevelt, Bully Pulpits and Social Progress Today”

Barry Speert,  Educator and Briadcast
Journalist  

Barack Obama launched the campaign for his second
presidential term as a modern-day Theodore Roosevelt, reviving memories of T.
R.’s advocacy on behalf of Americans struggling to survive, his personality, economic policies and place in history.  The two presidencies will be compared.

 

Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for December  2012


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


December 2
“Social Security and Medicare:  The Media Narrative versus
Reality”

Dave Kingsley, Ph.D.,  Professor of Statistics
at KU Med Center Department of Health Policy and Managemwnrt; Senior’s
rights advocate, Gray Panthers national board member and Convener of Gray
Panthers of Kansas and Western Missouri

December 9 “Real World Economics: Deficit Hysteria
Debunked”

James Webb,  Department of Economics,
UMKC  

The conventional wisdom on government deficits leads to disastrous
results: facts and fallacies about government debt and deficits.

(and other popular economic myths
reconsidered).

 

December
16  “Fuel Me Twice …. The Pros and Cons of Mandated Ethanol in
Gasoline”

Kenneth S Schmitz, UMKC Professor of Physical Chemistry
and Environmental Studies

December 23 “Holiday Reflections Without a Deity:  A Group
Discussion – Everyone is Welcome”

December 30 “Freethought Looking at 2013 and Beyond:  a
Round Table Discussion – Everyone Welcome”

 

Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for November  2012


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


November
4  “Prospects for a Long-Overdue Viable Progressive Third
Party”

Dee Berry,  taught General Systems Theory at UMKC
and Park University, served as coordinator for the National Clearing House for
the Green Committee of Correspondence (qpus.org); Ben Kjelshus,
MSW in Community Organization from UMC, founder of KC Food Circle
(kcfoodcircle.org)
 

After an election
cycle costing millions of dollars and trilions of shallow words, what are we
left with?  If there is to be a meaningful future for our childrern, green
values must be front and center
.

November 11
“I Found my Brain in San Francisco”

Fred Whitehead,  Freethought historian, co-author
Freethought on the American Frontier  

Ferreting out San Francisco gems – little-known cultural and
historic sites

November
18  “Latin America through the Lens of Bolivia”

Rev. Michael Gilgannon, Catholic missionary in Bolivia
for 38 years

For the first time in 500 years, Bolivia’s president is a native
Aynara Indian. who brought about important social and political
changes.  Why do American policies ignore or oppose these changes in
Bolivia and other Latin American countries?

November
25  “Gratitude without a Deity – interactive discussion among members of
COR – Everyone Welcome on Discussion”


Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for October  2012


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


October
7  “It’s Just Genetics Over Time (Part 3)”

Mindy Walker,  Evolutionary Geneticist, Associate
Professor of Biology, Rockhurst University

This is the third in a series of talks discussing the evidence and
mechanisms of evolution. This installment will introduce the concepts of
altruism and kin selection, and discuss alternative hypotheses concerning the
evolution of altruistic behavior posed by evolutionary icons like E.O. Wilson
and Richard Dawkins .

In
conjuntion with the Kansas and Missouri Paleontological
Society

October 14 “A Three-Point Landing for the Origin of Flight:
The First Flier (Part 1)”

David Burnham, Ph.D., Paleotologist, Biodiversity
Institute, University of Kansas 

We’ll look at the first birds in the fossil records –
Archaeopteryx

October
21  “Overcoming Stereotypes: Understanding Today’s Turkey

Abdulbaki Agbas, Associate Professor of biochemistry,
Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience, Turkish born, American since
1989

Third Annual
Woody Williams Memorial Lecture
October 28  “A Mormon
Whitehouse”

Randall Synder, local orthodonist and ex-Mormon.
He was a missionary, was married in a Mormon Temple and served in official
capacities until he left Mormonism in 2012

Origins and evolution of Mormonism; and, the 2012
election.


Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs for
September  2012


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome


September 2, 2012  “Jobs With Justice: Putting Labor in the Pulpit”

Sayra Gordillo,  Campaign Projects organizer for Missouri Jobs with Justice

Missouri Jobs with Justice is a coalition of community, labor, student and religious groups committed to fighting together by taking action. The more organized Missouri and its workforce, the more powerful the pressure that can be brought to bear on behalf of progressive community and labor issues. In 2012, Missouri Jobs with Justice is coordinating with allies to pass two ballot initiatives. One would raise the minimum age $1 to $8.25/hour. The other would limit the interest that payday loan stores can charge in Missouri to 36%

September 9, 2012  “What Determines the Price of a Gallon of Gas?”

Ken Stalder, Professional Geologist. K.C. Geology Society president

How is gas brought from the well to the  pump?  How can we conserve?  What about wind, water and solar power?

September 16, 2012  “What Inequality has done to America

June Carbone, Smith Chair of Law, the Constitution and Society, UMKC Law School.  Co-author of Red Families and Blue Families (2010), author of From Partners to Parents: The Second
Revolution in Family Law
(2000);  Bill Black, UMKC associate professor of economics and law.  Author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One (2005).

September 23, 2012  “Listening to the Dark”

Peter Street, English working class poet.  Author of Listening to the  Dark

Peter will read from his recently published book, with themes of travel to Iceland, etc., and a  remarkable series of poems about plants.  Copies of his book will be available during his presentation.

 

September 30, 2012  “What are We Breathing? – Radon and Other Indoor Air Issues”

Robert Dye, Environmental Scientist, B.S., Chemistry, 12 years at Duane Arnold Energy Center, two decades with Environmental Protection Agency

Protecting yourself against hidden toxins that may be harmful in your home

 

Community of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs for August  2012


Program begins at 1 pm  Everyone is Welcome


August 5, 2012  “Zambia: Bursting the Stereotype – The Chinese Step In”

Chiluba Musonda,  Master’s in Public Administration (UMKC Block School), Zambian immigrant

Imperialist alterations of culture continue.

August 12, 2012  “Persuasion:  Speech for Action on Policies”

Chester Boyd, M.A., Professor of Public Speaking and Theater

Countering negative political claims in this election year.

August 19, 2012  “Reason Versus Religion”

James Webb, Economics Department. UMKC

Misconceptions of “reason” and “rationality” abound among both religious believers and doubters.  Recent worls of Patricia Churchland, Daniel Kahneman and Robert Wright undermine dualistic opposition between “reason” and religion

August 26, 2012  “Honduras: Our Next War?” (tentative)

Judy Ancel, Alice Kitchen and Melissa Stiehler, members of Crodd Border Network, (www.facebook.com/crossbordernetwork)

On a human rights trip to Honduras in May of 2012, the speakers found the DEA and an increasing U.S. military presence in the midst of a violent and corrupt regime.

 

 

Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for July  2012


Program begins at 1 pm

Everyone is Welcome

 


July 1,  “Space: Much Ado About Nothing”

Kenneth S Schmitz,  UMCK Physical and
Environmental Chemistry Professor

Comparisons will be made between current views on space and those of the Greeks. Focus will be given to the accomplishments of Pascal and others that contributed to our understanding of the properties of a vacuum. The role of the constancy of the speed of light in the determination of the “shape of space” (geometry) is discussed in context of the general theory of relativity.”

July 8   “Filtering Out Fear: Muslim Altruism and the Gulen Movement

Margaret Rausch, Independent Scholar and Lecturer, Rockhurst University

 We’ll discuss the Gulen Movement in Turkey promoting religious toleration, and its relation to altruism.

July 15, “Race and Radicalism in the Union Army

Mark Lause, Professor of American History, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Lause will talk about his 2009 book, Race and Radicalism in the Union Army, which documents the efforts of radical followers of John Brown to construct a triracial portion of the Federal Army of the Frontier, primarily in Kansas and Indian Territory, during the Civil War..

July 22,
2012  “Challenging Right-wing Domination: Current Issues of Health Care in Kansas City

Drs. Kris Neuhaus and Yolanda Huet-Vaughn, both are M.D.s

Drs. Neuhaus and Huet-Vaughn will discuss problems of ethics and politics in this area’s health care system, especially affecting women.  The medical license of Dr. Nuehaus was recently revoked by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts because of her role as a consultant to the assassinated Dr. George Tiller. 

July 29,

2012  “The Chemistry of Vincent van Gogh”

Wilfred Arnold.  Ph.D., B. Sc., M.A.,  Adjunct Professor of History and Philosophy, K. U. Med Center.  Professor of biochemistry at UMKC for 40 years.

A critical analysis of the underlying illness of this great artist

Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for June  2012


Main presentation begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm
Everyone is Welcome


June 3,
2012  “Stop K. C. From Further Funding Deals to Make Nuclear Weapons
Parts”

Jane and Henry Stoever.  Leaders of PeaceWorks and
Peace Planters.  Since 1984, Henry has legally represented nuclear weapons
protests.  Jane is a writer/editor.

Efforts are underway to free K. C. from further financial
involvement in making parts for nuclear weaponry. 

 

June 10,
2012  “Beckoning Our Beneficial Bugs:  Native Plants Can Heal Our
Wounded Habitat

 

Victoria Schoell-Shafer, Garden Manager at
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center; and, Matt
Schoell-Shafer,  
Landscape Architect at
Vireo.  

June 17,
2012  “What Can Freethought Fathers Tell Their Children? – Panel
Presentations”

James Webb, Ben Kjelshus and Luis
Flores

 

June 24,
2012  “Evolution:  It’s Just Genetics Over Time (Part
2)

 

Mindy L. Walker,  Ph.D., Evolutionary
Geneticist, Assistant Professor of Biology, Rockhurst
University 

 



LOCATION:   COR Sunday Program
location – Room 301, Haag Hall (northwest corner of 52nd & Rockhill Road),
University of Missouri at Kansas City (Park FREE on level 4 of the parking
structure (southwest corner of 52nd & Rockhill Road); 3rd floor of Haag is
accessed directly through breezeway over 52nd St., Turn right into Haag)

 


 

Google Map to Haag Hall,
UMKC



Contacting
COR: 
For our monthly schedule, if you have a question, suggestion or
comment, please visit our website at
http://www.communityofreasonkc.org.
Or you may call 816-561-1866 for more
information.


 

Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for May  2012


Main presentation begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm
Everyone is Welcome


May 6,
2012  “Protest and Labor Songs:  Why They’re Still Relevant
Today”

Bill Claus: KKFI and Labor Activist

 

May 13,
2012  “Mother Ocean:  The Heartland Connection to Our
Seas

 

Elaine Giessel:  Marine
Ecologist 

May 20,
2012  “Giving Rationality a Bad Name – Psychology vs.
Economics”

James Webb: Ph. D., Assistant
Professor, Department of Econimics, UMKC

 

May 27,
2012  “Immigration Reform:  What Should It Look
Like?

 

Angela Ferguson:  Attorney and
Community Activist 

How do we meet our International obligations to provide
protection to refugees while at the same time protecting our own citizens and
building a strong economy?
 

 



LOCATION:   COR Sunday Program
location – Room 301, Haag Hall (northwest corner of 52nd & Rockhill Road),
University of Missouri at Kansas City (Park FREE on level 4 of the parking
structure (southwest corner of 52nd & Rockhill Road); 3rd floor of Haag is
accessed directly through breezeway over 52nd St., Turn right into Haag)

 


 

Google Map to Haag Hall,
UMKC



Contacting
COR: 
For our monthly schedule, if you have a question, suggestion or
comment, please visit our website at
http://www.communityofreasonkc.org.
Or you may call 816-561-1866 for more
information.


 

 

Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs
for April  2012


Main presentation begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm
Everyone is Welcome


April 1,
2012  “Alright! Who’s Responsible!  How did I Get Here?”

Don Bell: B.A., Th. M., D. Min., Bbilical
Scholar

 

April 8,
2012  “Filling in the Gaps: Restoring Healthy Habitat Networks Within Our
Communities”

 

Victoria Schoell-Shafer:  Anita
B. Gorman Discovery Center Head Gardener

 

April 15,
2012  “The Contemporary American Soldier: at Home and in the War
Zone”

Nora Quiason: M. D., Psychiatirst working in
a US Army base providing mental health services to soldiers and their
families

April 22,
2012   “Sleep On It:  How Sleep is Involved in
Learning”

Catherine Siengsukon:  P.T., Ph. D., Assistant
Professor, Kansas University Medical Center, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Science

Dr. Siengsukon will talk about typical sleep patterns and
include evidence sleep is important for learning.

 

April 28,
2012  “The 40 Year Collapse and Community’s Responsibility for
Restoration:  How Poor Education has Underdeveloped Kansas City and What We
Should Do About it Right Now”

Spark Bookhart:  Public school
parent, educational advocate, Police Veteran and State field director – Obama
2008 

 


Announcement

The Rev. William R Murray will speak at All Souls
Unitarian Universalist Church
(4501 Waknut, KCMO 64111) on the
folliwing dates.

  • Saturday, March 31st – 7:00 PM. “The Third Way:  The Humanist
    Alternative”
  • Sunday, April 1 – 10:00 AM. “Economic Justice:  An
    Imperative for Religious Liberals”

For details go to  http://allsoulskc.org  or
call 816 531 2131


LOCATION:   COR Sunday Program
location – Room 301, Haag Hall (northwest corner of 52nd & Rockhill Road),
University of Missouri at Kansas City (Park FREE on level 4 of the parking
structure (southwest corner of 52nd & Rockhill Road); 3rd floor of Haag is
accessed directly through breezeway over 52nd St., Turn right into Haag)

 


 

Google Map to Haag Hall,
UMKC



Contacting
COR: 
For our monthly schedule, if you have a question, suggestion or
comment, please visit our website at
http://www.communityofreasonkc.org.
Or you may call 816-561-1866 for more
information.


 

Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs for
March  2012


Main presentation begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm
Everyone is Welcome


March 4,
2012  “Making a Better City: – Sustainability, Equality and
Solvency”

Cindy Circo, Mayor Pro-tem; Kansas City Councilwoman,
5th District

 

March 11,
2012  “From Holy Ghost to Hedonism – One Hallelijah at a
Time”

Lynn Silver: Masters in Human Relations
and Counseling; Liberty University, Lynchburg Virginia.  Presently with
Social Security and Appeals.

 

March 18,
2012  “Evolution:  It’s Just Genetics Over Time”

Mindy Walker: Ph.D.,  Evolutionary Geneticist,
Assistant Professor of Biology, Rockhurst University, Kansas City,
Missouri

This will be the first in a series of talks discussing the evidence
of evolution.  The first installment introduces some of the copious genetic evidence, and future talks will discuss everything from un-intelligent “design”
to sexual selection.

March 25,
2012   First Annual Elizabeth Gerber Lecture: “Evelyn
DeMorgan”

Fred Whitehead :  Freethought Historian and
co-editor of Freethought on the American Frontier

Elizabeth
Gerber, longtime Community of Reason member who died February 5, 2012, is honored in a talk about a Britist artrist (1855-1919).


Community
of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs for
February  2012


Main presentation begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm
Everyone is Welcome


February 5, 2012  In Memory of Langston Hughes: “The Funk Still Lives”

Stanley E. Banks: Asst. Professor and
Artist-in-Residence, Avila University; Poet and Playwrite:   Janet Banks, Poet and Performer

Stanley and Janet will read their poetry in tribute to the influences of Langston Hughes.

February 12,  Eight Annual Darwin Day Todd Kelso Memorial
“Anti-Slavery, Tennyson and the Origin of Species: Darwin’s Liiterary and Cultural Contexts, 1830-1860.”

Stephen John Dilks, UMKC Professor of English and Irish Literature; Director, English Undergraduate Program; Chair, U-News Publication Board.

February 19, 2012  “Occupy Kansas City:  Beyond Encampment”

Melissa Stiehler, Jeremy Ak-haj and other participants of Occupy KC

February 26, 2012  “Evolumination: An Introspective on Status Quo”

James LeGrande, Missouri Painter and
Sculptor, Graduate of Fine Arts, K,C, Art Institute & UMKC graduate student; www.jimLeGrande.com

An environmentally political artist shares his
evolution and philosophy with a presentation of a new art show to begin March 2
(1st Friday) at the Base Gallery, 2011 Baltimore, KCMO (Crossroads
District)


Community of Reason  KC

Sunday Programs for January  2012


Main presentation begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm
Everyone is Welcome


January 1, 2012  “Occupy Kansas City:  A Hope for Democracy”

Participants and friends of Occupy Kansas City will discuss and share their experiences with the movement.  They will share their ideas for coming actions and their hopes for coming years.

January 8, 2012  “What About Electric Cars?”

John Kurman, ReEnergizeKC (ReEnergizeKC.org); Craig Volland, Spectrum Technologies and KC Sierra Club Air Quality Chair

We’ll examine the technology of the latest hybrid and plug-in vehicles and explore necessary corresponding changes to regulations and the electric grid.

January 15, 2012  “Civil Rights: ACLU’s 21st Century Goals”

Gary Brunk, Executive Director of ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri

The new Director shares current concerns of utmost urgency: voting rights, immigration, reproduction and emerging digital age issues.

January 22, 2012  “Quest for Truth at the Intersection of Religion and Science: A Personal View”

Kenneth S Schmitz, UMKC Professor of Physical Chemistry and Environmental Studies

January 29, 2012  “The Legacy of Thomas Paine”

Fred Whitehead, Ph. D., Freethought Historian and co-editor of Freethought on the American Frontier

Dr. Whitehead will review Paine’s influence in the last two Centuries.

In the tradition of Thomas Paine Banquets, we will have a pot-luck at Tom Crane’s residence after the presentation
3707 Pennsylvania, KCMO 64111 at 3:30 pm. Tel (816) 561 628

Community of Reason KC

Weekly
Sunday Programs for December, 2011


Main presentation begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm

Everyone is Welcome


December 4, 2011  “The Benefits of Planting and Caring for Trees”

Kevin Lapointe, Kansas City Forester, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department

We’ll stress the social, community, environmental and economic
value of trees.  There is a need to appreciate trees and prevent
their removal.

December 11, 2011  “What the Pro-Choice Movement is Doing Wrong”

Rev. Rebecca Turner,  Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Rev. Rebecca Turner is Executive Director of Faith Aloud, leading its mission to eliminate the religious stigma of abortion and sexuality.  Her spiritual abortion counseling has been featured on PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, and in three documentaries.

The Pro-Choice Movement has lost a lot of ground in the past 10
years. The stigma surrounding abortion is increasing instead of
decreasing.  Some of that backward motion is because of our own
messaging.  Learn what we’re doing wrong and how to start changing
our messages.

December 18, 2011  “The Workings of Common Sense”

Dr. Hiten Soni, Psychiatry Residency Program, UMKC. (His primary interest is in addiction medicine and critical thinking.)

Dr. Soni will examine the mental processes that lead to the subjective feeling of what we consider as “common sense,” the factors that influence our belief in our own common sense and common cognitive traps that lead us to irrational decisions.

December 25, 2011  “Freethought and Christmas”

Individual members of Community of Reason will discuss their own
sources of joy, inspiration and the guidelines they use as the basis
for action in life.


LOCATION:   COR Sunday
Program location – Room 301, Haag Hall (northwest corner of 52nd &
Rockhill Road), University of Missouri at Kansas City (Park FREE on
level 4 of the parking structure (southwest corner of 52nd &
Rockhill Road); 3rd floor of Haag is accessed directly through
breezeway over 52nd St., Turn right into Haag)


Google Map to Haag Hall, UMKC


Contacting COR:  For our monthly schedule, if you have a question, suggestion or comment, please visit our website at http://www.communityofreasonkc.org.
  Or you may call 816-561-1866 for more information.



Community of Reason  KC

Weekly Sunday Programs for November, 2011

 


Main presentation begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm

Everyone is Welcome

 


November
6, 2011  “Creating an Oasis in Urban Food Deserts”

Robbyne Stevenson Turner, Ph. D. Political
Science,  (Department of Public Administration) Rutgers University
and Adjunct Faculty, UMKC

We have a national epidemic of obesity and diabetes which are
food related diseases. The cure for this is fresh whole foods which we
are not supplying to the people in the urban core. Understanding how
food gets from farm to market and how we can get food markets available
will allow us to create new, urgently needed public policies.

November
13, 2011  “Remembering Selma 46 Years Later”

Sister Rosemary Flanigan, March 10, 1965 St. Louis
delegate to Selma, Alabama

It is apt that Kathryn Stockett’s first novel, The Help,
became an overnight sensation when it was published in 2009 and then
made into a major motion picture because it revived memories of the
Civil Rights struggle in the South in the 1960’s.  So did a
documentary, “Sisters of Selma,” which aired on PBS in 2007.
Sister Flanigan was one of the six nuns in the St. Louis delegation
that went to Selma on March 10, 1965, the week following Bloody
Sunday.  That delegation was featured in the documentary.

Let us use this tiny window from our past to serve as a
reflection point on our present.

November 20,
2011  “Puerto Rico: Past, Present and Future”

Eric Dollard, Self-made scholar with a long-time
interest in geography in general and a special interest in Puerto Rico.

Eric will focus on political and economic problems of Puerto
Rico.

November 27,
2011  “Morals Through Reason”

Sarah Hargreaves,  Kansas City Atheist
Coalition President and Adam Brown, K.C.A.C.
Mareketing and Public Relations Director

Founders of the new group KCAC will describe their premise “Being
good without God.”


Skeptical Religious Studies Program

 No programs until further
notice


Community of Reason  KC

Weekly Sunday Programs for October, 2011


Main presentation begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm
Everyone is Welcome


October 2, 2011  “Protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline”

Rita Norton, Sustainable Energy Advocate

Rita participated in the August 2011, Washington D.C. protest against the Keystone XL pipeline that is proposed to link the Alberta Tar sands to the Gulf Coast, seriously endangering the environment.  The XL pipeline is yet to be approved by President Obama.  


October 8,2011  “The Great Nuclear Debate:  Nuclear Weapons-Making in KC”

This debate will meet in Stack Auditorium, Room 111,
Royall Hall, UMKC

Ira Helfand, M.D., Emergency Medicine Physician in Leeds, Mass., Physicians for Social Responsibility Board Member and Vice President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War; Maurice Smith, was federal energy department KC engineer for nuclear weapons partsMr. Smith will argue in support of nuclear weapons manufacturing. Dr. Helfand will argue against nuclear weapons production and support steps to reach a nuclear weapons-free world.

The debate will be moderated by 89.3 FM KCUR’s “Central Standard.

Community of Reason is co-sponsoring this debate with the KC Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and KC Peace Planners.


October 16, 2011  “Behavioral Health Kaleidoscope”

Gloria Nepote, Professional Addiction Counselor and Registered Interventionist

October 23, 2011  “Untangling the Mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease”

Jeffrey Burns,  M.D., M.S. KU Med Center Assoc. Neurology Professor, Director of Alzheimer and Memory Program,  Assistant Dir., Geberal Clinical Research Center.

October 30, 2011  “John Emerson Roberts:  How I Did the Research on His Life and His Work”

Ellen Roberts Young, Author of John Emerson Roberts: Kansas City’s “Up-To-Date” Freethought Preacher

Ellen Roberts Young is an independent scholar and member of the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society and The American Society of Church History. Her biography of John Emerson Roberts, 1890’s minister of KC’s All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church and later leader of the Church of This World has recently been published. This talk is in memory of Woody Williams, Freethought Advocate. 


LOCATION:   COR Sunday Program location – Room 301, Haag Hall (northwest corner of 52nd & Rockhill Road), University of Missouri at Kansas City (Park FREE on level 4 of the parking structure (southwest corner of 52nd & Rockhill Road); 3rd floor of Haag is accessed directly through breezeway over 52nd St., Turn right into Haag)


Google Map to Haag Hall, UMKC

Skeptical Religious Studies meets at Haag Hall, Room 310. 

 


Skeptical Religious Studies Program

October 2 – to be announced

October 9 – Lecture and discussion by Greg Swartz

  • 10:30 a.m. – The Real Origins of Christianity (Jesus Christ: Founder or Shibboleth)

October 16 – Lecture and discussion by Greg Swartz

  • 10:30 a.m. – The Real Origins of Christianity (Origins and Centrality of Christian Resurrection Belief)

October 23 and 30 – to be announced


Contacting COR:  For our monthly schedule, if you have a question, suggestion or comment, please visit our website at http://www.communityofreasonkc.org.   Or you may call 816-561-1866 for more information.

 

Community of Reason  KC

Weekly Sunday Programs for September, 2011


Main presentation begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm
Everyone is Welcome


September 4, 2011  Judy Ancel, Director of UMKC’s Institute for Labor Studies

We’ll discuss the worldwide attack on working people, the significance of the Wisconsin protests and the future of the labor movement.

September 11, 2011  “My Life as a Bootlegger’s Grandson”

Stanley Banks, Assistant Professor and Artist in Residence at Avila University, Defying-the-Odds Alumni Award 2008, Mayor’s Proclamation for Writing and Educational Efforts 2002, Langston Hughes Prize for Poetry 1981, and National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship/Grant

Growing up on 10th and Vine Street taught me a great deal about life.

September 18, 2011  “Day Off for Planet Earth”

Lewis W. Diuguid,Troublemaker

Human beings for at least 2 centuries have wrecked the quality of the air, soil, and water with no end in sight. To correct this Mother Earth needs a day off at least once a week.

September 25, 2011  “Exercise and the Aging Brain”

Eric D. Vidoni, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Kansas University Medical Center

We’ll review the scientific evidence surrounding exercise effects on the brain and discuss how to incorporate physical activity into our lives to support a healthy brain and body.


LOCATION:   COR Sunday Program location – Room 301, Haag Hall (northwest corner of 52nd & Rockhill Road), University of Missouri at Kansas City (Park FREE on level 4 of the parking structure (southwest corner of 52nd & Rockhill Road); 3rd floor of Haag is accessed directly through breezeway over 52nd St., Turn right into Haag)


Google Map to Haag Hall, UMKC

Skeptical Religious Studies meets at Haag Hall, Room 310. 


“Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition.”   Video lecturer:  Prof. Tyler Roberts

September 4  – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Pluralisms – Religious and Secular
  • 11:30 a.m. – Faith, Suspicion and Modernity

End of video lecture series


September 11  – no program on this date

September 18  – Lecture and discussion by Greg Swartz

  • 10:30 a.m. – The Real Origins of Christianity (Sources and Methods of Proof)

September 25  – Lecture and discussion by Greg Swartz

  • 10:30 a.m. – The Real Origins of Christianity (Christianity and the Local Meme Machine)

Contacting COR:  For our monthly schedule, if you have a question, suggestion or comment, please visit our website at http://www.communityofreasonkc.org.   Or you may call 816-561-1866 for more information.

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Sunday Programs for AUGUST, 2011
Main presentation begins at 1 pm and ends at 3 pm
Everyone is Welcome

August 7, 2011  “Grassroots Radio: Why it Matters and What it Means to You”

Tom Klammer, Host of “Tell Somebody,” a weekly public affairs show broadcast every Tuesday, 6:00 pm. 90.1 fm, KKFI; Craig Lubow, Attorney, activist in Sierra Club-Kansas Chapter, Amnesty International, Friends of Community Media, and ACLU; Doug Greer, Friends of Community Media Board Member.

We will host a preview of the International Grassroots Radio Conference to be held at all Souls Unitarian Church, here in Kansas City, August 18 to 21.

August 14, 2011  “The Misery of Islam

Dr. Fred Whitehead,  Freethought Historian

Dr. Whitehead will discuss The Misery of Islam, a book by Jaya Gopal (newly issued by John Brown Press).

August 21, 2011  “Giving Voice to Ethics in the Federal Budget Debate”

Barry Speert,  University-level Instructor and Broadcast Commentator

 August 28, 2011  “Missouri Juvenile Court: Kansas City’s Unique History and Role”

Judge William R Jackson III,  Assistant Director of Legal Services at the Family Court of Jackson County, Missouri.

The Juvenile Court in Missouri: History, Trends and Speculations.

Skeptical Religious Studies – August 2011

“Skeptics and Believers:  Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition.”
Video lecturer:  Prof. Tyler Roberts

August 7 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Modern Jewish Philosophy
  • 11:30 a.m. – Post-Holocaust Theology

August 14 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Liberation Theology
  • 11:30 a.m. – Secular and Postmodern Theology

August 21 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Postmodernism and Tradition
  • 11:30 a.m. – Fundamentalism and Islamism

August 28 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – New Atheisms
  • 11:30 a.m. – Religion and Rationality

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Sunday Events for July 2011

Programs begin at 1:00 p.m.

July 3     “A Sober Look at the Deficit Hysteria: The Ryan Plan – Social Security and Medicare”
Max Skidmore, Curator’s Professor of Political Science UMKC and Thomas Jefferson Fellow

July 10 “Climate Change: The Definitive Issue of Our Times”
Dennis Murphy, Chief Environmental Officer for the City of Kansas City, MO.

Mr. Murphy discusses climate protection and sustainability in Kansas City and the consequent legacy left to future generations.

July 17  “Synesthesia: The Lucky Few with Mixed Senses”
Dr. Christopher T. Lovelace, Professor, Department of Psychology.

A discussion of the sensory traits of synesthesia – how common is it and what’s it like to experience it.

July 24 “A Revolution Not Just for the Middle East”
Fatimeh El-Sherif, Asst. Chief financial officer for Sinai University.

El-Sherif spent the last three years in Egypt as the ferment grew and masses united to protest for the world-wide need for food, water and revolution. food,

July 31 “A Month with the Brown Hyena in Namibia, Africa”
Dr. William Kirk Suedmeyer, Director Animal Health and Research, Kansas City Zoo.

Dr. Suedmeyer discusses the involvement of the Kansas City Zoo in field research.


Skeptical Religious Studies – July 2011

Meets every Sunday, 10:30 am at Haag Hall, Room 310.
“Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition.” Lecturer and author: Prof. Tyler Roberts (Grinnell College in Iowa)

July 3, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. -Kierkegaard’s Paradox
  • 11:30 a.m. – 19th Century Suspicion & Feuerbach

July 10, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Marx – Religion as False Consciousness
  • 11:30 a.m. – Nietzche and the Genealogy of Morals

July 17, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Nietzche – Religion and the Ascetic Ideal
  • 11:30 a.m. – Freud – Religion as Neurosis

July 24, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Barth and the End of Liberal Theology
  • 11:30 a.m. – Theology and Suspicion

July 31, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Protestant Theology After Barth
  • 11:30 a.m. – 20th Century Catholicism


Sunday Events for JUNE 2011

Programs begin at 1:00 p.m.

June 5 “Free-thinking in Kansas City and Beyond

Sarah Hargreaves, founder and organizer of the Skeptical Women’s Group; Conrad Hudson, President of KU Society of Open-Minded Atheists & Agnostics (SOMA), and representative of the Student Secular Alliance (SSA); and others.

Sarah, Conrad, and others from Kansas City will speak about the recent Free-thought events they attended in Des Moines, IA, Lawrence, KS and Wichita, They will also discuss opportunities for local participation.

June June 12 “Keeping the Movement Moving”

David Silverman, President of American Atheists

How the American Atheist Organization is supporting activism and leading the movement into the future.

June 19 “Juneteenth: Where Have We Been and Where are We Goingh

Airick Leonard West, President, Board of Directors KCMSDt

June 26 “The Emergence of Marriage as a Marker of Class”

June Carbone, Smith Professor of Law. UMKC Law School, Co-author of Red Families and Blue Families

College graduates who marry now have the lowest divorce rates since the 1960s. Their children are most likely to live in intact families and get lavish educations; upper class children in intact families have all three advantages — class, education and intact family. But class largely trumps education: children raised in the top (top 20%) who do not get a college degree are now more likely to end up in the top (20%) than a child raised in the bottom (20%) who does get a college degree.

Skeptical Religious Studies – June 2011

Meets every Sunday, 10:30 am at Haag Hall, Room 310.

“Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition.” (Prof. Tyler Roberts: video lecturer)

June 5, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10: 30 – Kant, Romanticism, and Pietism
  • 11:30 a.m. – Schleiermacher–Religion and Experience

June 12, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Hegel–Religion, Spirit, and History
  • 11:30 a.m. – Theology and the Challenge of History

June 19, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – 19th Century Christian Modernists
  • 11:30 a.m. – 19th Century Christian Antimodernists

June 26, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Judaism and Modernity
  • 11:30 a.m. – Kierkegaard’s Faith

Sunday Events for MAY 2011
Programs begin at 1:00 p.m.

May 1 “A May Day Celebration: International Worker Day”
Bob Suckiel, 40 years with 4 railroads as Engineer, Conductor, Brakeman, Switchman and laid tracks.

A commemoration of the struggle for the 8-hour Day, the Hay Market Massacre and the coming of industrial unionism in spoken word and songs from 1868-1945, featuring Eugene V.
Debs, Mother Jones, IWW, and the struggle for the dignity of work.

May 8 “Neutrons-to-nihilism: Questions and Implications From the Left Hemisphere”
Anthony N Caruso, UMKC Assistant Professor of Physics

This lecture/discussion will use scientific pursuit as a stage for exploring and exploiting the
absolute.

May 15 “Geology and Health”
Syed Hasan, Ph. D., UMKC Professor of Geosciences

Damage and lives lost due in recent natural disasters dramatizes the importance of geologic processes for human health and well-being, a new subspeciality in the Geosciences . Dr. Hasan will discuss the scope and application of this new field, and identify research needs.
May 22 ” Government Debt and Deficits: A Phony Crisis”
Stephanie Kelton, UMKC Associate Professor of Economics.

Understanding of the ability of the U.S. government to create money reveals the fallacy of the danger of the federal debt and deficit.
May 29 “Nicolai Vavilov: A Martyr to Science Under Stalin”
Dr. Fred Whitehead, Free Thought Historian.

Dr. Whitehead will acquaint us with a pioneer of plant genetics who starved to death in jail.

Skeptical Religious Studies

May, 2011

Meets every Sunday, 10:30 am at Haag Hall, Room 310.

 

May 1, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

10:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Stories, Moral Progress & Culture Reform)
11:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Conclusions & Signposts)

The Skeptical Religious Studies Program is starting a new series
entitled:

“Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition.” The lecturer and author
is Prof. Tyler Roberts from Grinnell College (in Iowa)

May 8, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion
10:30 a.m. – Religion and Modernity
11:30 a.m. – From Suspicion to the Premodern Cosmos

May 15, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion
10:30 a.m. – From Catholicism to Protestantism
11:30 a.m. – Scientific Revolution and Descartes

May 22, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion
10:30 a.m. – Descartes and Modern Philosophy
11:30 a.m. – Enlightenment and Religion

May 29 , 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion
10:30 a.m. – Natural Religion and Its Critics
11:30 a.m. – Kant–Religion and Moral Reason


Sunday Events for APRIL 2011

Programs begin at 1:00 p.m.

April 3  Religion and the Critical Mind

Anton Jacobs, Ph. D. Sociology, lecturer in Philosophy and Religion at K.C. Art Institute, United Church of Christ Clergyman

Dr. Jacob’s will discuss his book (Published in September 2010 by Lexington Books) which provides an overview of the criticism of religion from the Hebrews to post-modernism.

April 10  “Energy in Sports”

Michael Kruger, UMKC Chairman Physics Department

We’ ll review the interplay of different forms of energy in sports, with emphasis on bungee jumping, pole vaulting and baseball.

April 17  “Violence and Abuse Against Indigenous Women”

Venida Chenault, Ph. D., Social Welfare, Prairie Band Potawatomi/Kickapoo, Vice President for Academics, Haskell Indian Nations University

In her recently published book (March 2011) Weaving Strength, Weaving Power: Violence and Abuse Against Indigenous Women, Dr. Chenault exposes and examines the plight of Indian women in particular and oppressed peoples in general. She proposes a framework for social change.

April 24  ” Public Media and Political Independence”

Tom Klammer, Host of “Tell Somebody,” a weekly public affairs show broadcast every  Tuesday at 6 pm 90.1 fm KKFI

American journalism is in a deep, profound and existential crisis that is also an existential crisis for democracy. Journalism costs money. Democracy cannot exist without an informed public and the advertising model that supported journalism since the 1850


Skeptical Religious Studies – April 2011

Meets every Sunday, 10:30 am at Haag Hall, Room 310

April 3, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Discourse in an Intentionalist Paradign)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Evolution of the God Concept (By the Way, What is God)

April 10, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Evaluating Paradigms)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Evolution of the God Concept (How Human Nature Gave Birth to Religion)

April 17, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Choosing & Changing Paradigms)

April 24, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Fabulation – Theism As Story)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Theistic Stories, Morality & Culture)

 

Sunday Events for MARCH 2011

All events begin at 1:00 p.m.

March 6 “Medical Marijuana”

Rob Amerine (Parkinson’s patient), Mark Pedersen (Fibromyalgia patient), Greg Terry (Crohn’s disease patient), Todd and Emi Pedersen.
We’ll view and discuss the film “What if cannabis cured cancer? along with current relevant Missouri legislation.

March 13, “Baha’u’llah Enlightenment for Today and Tomorrow

Melvin Page, Jr., Mathew Reinschmidt and Louis Anderson

Why enlightenment, not the Church, has always paved the way to our brightest future.

March 20,  ” Present-Day Politics

Max J Skidmore, Curators’ Professor of Political Science and Thomas Jefferson Fellow

An assessment of the Obama administrations’ legislative record to date.

March 27,  “Coming Home to Eat: Preparing for Predicted Food Disruptions

Ben Kjelshus, Founder, Kansas City Food Circle; Steve Mann, Squash Blossom Food Buying Club Director and Kansas City Food Policy Coalition; and, Katherine Kelly, Executive Director, Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture

 

We’ll examine how to develop a relocalized, sustainable, self-reliant food system.

 

Skeptical Religious Studies – March 2011

Meets every Sunday, 10:30 am at Haag Hall, Room 310.

March 6, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Groundless Faith is Irrelevant to Life)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Evolution of the God Concept (Muhammad)

March 13, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (God is Beyond Human Grasp, But That’s O.K.)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Evolution of the God Concept (The Moral Imagination)

March 20, 2011 – Lecture by Eric Dollard followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Christian and Humanist Ethics: Contrast and Comparison
  • 11:30 a.m. – Discussion

March 27, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion

  • 10:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Transcendental Talk is Sound and Fury”)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Evolution of the God Concept (Well, Aren’t We Special)

Sunday Events for February 2011

All events  begin at 1:00 p.m.

February 6  “Kansas City Budget:  Going Beyond the Cuts”
Deb Hermann, KC Councilwoman First District at Large
Having led the KC budget process for 3 of the toughest years in the city’s history, the councilwoman believes the time is here to expand our economic base.

February 13  “Seventh Annual Todd Kelso Memorial Darwin Day Lecture – “The Evolution of Humans:  What we Know and Don’t Know”
Ronald Pine., Ph. D., Has served as a curator at the Smithsonian Institution, a college professor, has numerous articles, one book concerning zoology, has published critiques of creationism.  He has led scientific expeditions to many parts of the world and still does so in his retirement.
Dr. Pine will discuss what we think we know now about the main evolutionary pathway to modern-day humans and the dead-end “side branches” that ended in extinction.  He will also discuss the history of the fossil discoveries and the changing ideas about them.

February 20  “Bringing KC Together to Get Things Done”
Sly James, Marine Veteran, small business owner and Attorney
Sly James will address his 4E Agenda for overcoming our geographic, racial and political divisions to make Kansas City a smarter, safer and more efficient community:  Efficiency, Education, Employment and Enforcement.

February 27  “The People Wise Up:  Reform in the Middle East”
Ahmed EL-Sharif, Ph.D. Chemistry, Professor Biology and Chemistry (Penn Valley), civic leader, born in Sinai (www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhckDSFE6SU  or www.youtube.com/video/nhckDSFE6SU)
Egypt does not belong only to the Egyptian people.  In Egypt, the cradle of civilization, a profound reform will echo throughout the Middle East and impact the entire world.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE

Skeptical Religious Studies
Haag Hall, room 310

February 6, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion
10:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Justifying Evil)
11:30 a.m. – Evolution of the God Concept (The Qur’an)

February 13, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion
10:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Justifying Natural Evil)
11:30 a.m. – Evolution of the God Concept (Mecca)

February 20, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion
10:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Justifying Human Evil )
11:30 a.m. – Evolution of the God Concept (Medina)

February 27, 2011 – Video lecture followed by discussion
10:30 a.m. – Philosophy of Religion (Evidence is Irrelevant to Faith)
11:30 a.m. – Evolution of the God Concept (Jihad)


We meet in Room 301, Haag Hall, University of Missouri, Kansas City (NW Corner 52nd Street and Rockhill Road). FREE Parking Structure, 4th Level, SW
corner of 52nd Street and Rockhill Road, walk across breezeway, turn right into Haag Rm 301. Skeptical Religious Studies at 10:30am and 11:30am at Haag Rm 310.



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