Program for Sunday, July 10th, 2022, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
DiEM25 – A “Radical” European Group’s Take on the Current Economic Crisis
The European political group DiEM25 had a video conference titled “The cost of living crisis – what’s causing it, how bad will it get, and how do we fix it?”. An edited version (less than 45 minutes) will be viewed, followed by discussion, led by Michael Hoey and Gordon Elliott. (This illuminates how the EU is going through very similar inflationary crisis, but with even greater difficulties than the US–G.E.)
Link to whole video for those who would like to watch it in advance (1 hour 15 minutes) Link to video
Moderator: Mehran Khalili, Activist organizer, political consultant, Chania, Greece.
Yanis Varoufakis, Economist and politician, former finance minister of Greece, Professor of Economics at the University of Athens..
Julijana Zita, co-founder of MERA25 movement in Germany.
Judith Meyer, Author in language learning and political organizer from Germany.
Dusan Pajovic, Psychology of Intercultural Relations, Animal rights activist, Green New Deal for Europe Campaign Coordinator at DiEM25, from Lisbon, Portugal.
Johannes Fehr, Organizer, specialist Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency, Germany.
Erik Edman, Organizer, subject Political Sociology. Was project manager, CSR Europe, The European business network for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility. Brussels Belgium.
Amir Kiyaei, Policy Coordinator DiEM25, specialist Technology and Security Risk Services, and in sustainable development, peace building and environmental affairs, Hague Netherlands.
An interesting presentation by Yanis Varoufakis in 2919 about the DiEM25 group’s mission. (The Youtube video shows links to other presentations.)
(The presenters confirm the complexity of the causes of the inflation occurring in both Europe and the US, with their political take of course. For another view on the subject of recent inflation:)
Program for Sunday, July 3rd, 2022, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Information Technology Education: past and present
Wading or Rowing in Deep Water: the abortion issue
Continued spirited discussion
Program for Sunday, June 26, 2022, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
First hour: Information Technology Education: past and present
Majid Shahbazkhani, software engineering and application development (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)
Second hour: Wading or Rowing in Deep Water: The abortion issue
Greg Hodes, Ph.D. Philosophy
Program for Sunday, June 19, 2022, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
A freethought writer from Girard, Kansas: E. Haldeman-Julius (1889-2021)
Fred Whitehead, freethought historian, author, poet, grassroots activist
Fred will give a brief history of E. Haldeman-Julius and his work (see E. Haldeman-Julius on Wikipedia). E. Haldeman’s books are available for purchase (contact Fred Whitehead at P.O. Box 5224, KCK, 66119, or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (913) 342-6379.
Program for Sunday, June 12
Raoul Peck’s “Exterminate All the Brutes”
(a documentary, Episode 4)
Luis Flores, facilitator
In this final episode, … “Peck links the resurgence of white nationalism with the global history of fascism, slavery, colonization and Nazism.”
Program for June 5, 2022
2:00 to 4:00 pm
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN LABOR MARKETS AND INEQUALITY IN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
Argun Saatcioglu, Professor of Education and Sociology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence
“The solution has to start with the real story” Raoul Peck
Program for May 29, 2022
Some Short Films
Fred Whitehead, author, poet, freethought historian.
Dr. Whitehead will show some short films he directed and produced.
Program for May 22, 2022
Where is Turkey Today?
Dr. Eyyup Esen, Ph.D., (Higher Education), University of Kansas, author of Global Warming of Hearts! and I am not color blind” (2020).
Dr. Esen will speak about his views of Turkey and his experience as an asylee. One of his major goals is to depolarize the world.
Program for May 15, 2022
Raoul Peck’s “Exterminate All the Brutes,”
(a documentary, episode 1)
Barbara Johnson, facilitator
Program for May 8, 2022
The Process Party (continued) and Gerrymandering in Missouri
Greg Hodes, Ph. D. Philosophy and Dr. Barbara J. K. Johnson, community activist
Program for May 1, 2022
The Process Party: Political Reform in Desperate Times
Greg Hodes, Ph. D. Philosophy
Program for April 24, 2022
In-person meeting this Sunday as well as via Zoom
Where: Central Resource Library. 9875 W 87th St. , Overland Park, Kansas 66212, Room 20
Fred Whitehead will briefly present something interesting to see how it all works out
Join in-person at the Central Resource Library (RSVP: email@example.com) or join us on Zoom
2:00 to 4:00 pm Sunday, April 24, 2022
Program for April 10, 2022
Continued CoR KC Planning for the rest of the year.
Program for April 3, 2022
CoR KC Planning for the rest of the year.
Program for March 20, 2022
“Killing of Political Prisoners in Iran in 1988″
Majid Shahbazkhani, an Iranian independent liberal democrat and human rights activist involved in the Justice for 1988 campaign (https://www.justicefor1988.com)
Majid will speak about the mass killing of political prisoners in Iran in 1988, why it is ignored in the U.S. and the free world. According to Amnesty international, Iran ambassador to UN in 1988 is accused of a crime against humanity because he aided in hiding the massacre of 5000 political prisoners. However, the ambassador is head of the religion department at Oberlin College and is known as “peace professor” there.
Program for March 13, 2022
“Chaos and Reductionism”
(Lecture 13 from Robert Sapolsky’s Stanford Human Behavioral Biology Course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_njf8jwEGRo)
Facilitators: Robert Gaines, flâneur, retired Systems Technologist; and Luis Flores, social scientist.
“Professor Robert Sapolsky gives what he calls ‘one of the most difficult lectures of the course.’ His lecture focuses on reduction science and breaking things down to their component parts in order to best understand them.”
Everyone is welcome
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Program for March 6, 2022
Sociobiology: “The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst,” by Robert Sapolsky
Facilitators: Robert Gaines, Technical Instructor, Research Technician, Engineer, Programmer, Analyst, manager and consultant in electronics, computer networks and systems; and Luis Flores, social scientist.
We will show a video of a talk given by Robert Sapolsky about the neurological and biological underpinnings of social cognition and behavior. His talk is part of “…A joint project with the Laboratory for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology at Stanford University Medical School and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies.”
Everyone is welcome
Program for February 27, 2022
IRAN: Secularism versus Theocracy
Majid Shahbazkhani, an Iranian independent liberal democrat and human rights activist, who experienced the “Islamic Revolution” and the establishment of a theocracy in his home country.
Majid will take a sociopolitical view of the “Islamic Revolution” in Iran for about 20 minutes followed by questions, comments and discussion.
Program for February 20, 2022
“A compelling contemporary development,” discussion
Participants will choose an issue of importance
Program for February 13, 2022
“Brave New World,” Original 2018 painting series by Ian Young
Ian Young, Kansas artist, https://ianyoungfineart.com/
Ian will display and discuss his visual interpretation of Aldous Huxley’s famous 1932 science fiction novel.
Program for February 6, 2022
CGELI KORZHEV (1935-2012): Soviet artist in the “Severe School”
Fred Whitehead, author, poet, freethought historian
Geli Korzhev acerbically depicted the transition from socialism to capitalism. Slides of his work will be featured.
Geli Korzhev (1935-2012), Soviet artist in the “Severe School.” who acerbically depicted the transition from socialism to capitalism
Program for January 30, 2022
CONTINUATION: “In the Age of AI,” (a Frontline documentary)
Robert Gaines, Technical Instructor, Research Technician, Engineer, Programmer, Analyst, manager and consultant in electronics, computer networks and systems
Robert will facilitate discussion of the documentary (https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/in-the-age-of-ai/). The documentary “investigates the promise and perils of artificial intelligence, from fears about work and privacy to rivalry between the U.S. and China. The documentary traces a new industrial revolution that will reshape and disrupt our lives, our jobs and our world, and allow the emergence of the surveillance society.” It is a good starting point for discussion of the subject.
See also: The Past Decade and Future of AI’s Impact on Society by Joanna J. Bryson – University of Bath, UK https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/articles/the-past-decade-and-future-of-ais-impact-on-society/
Program for January 16, 2022
Overview of Artificial Intelligence: “In the Age of AI,” (a Frontline documentary)
Robert Gaines, technical instructor, research technician, engineer, programmer, analyst, manager and consultant in electronics, computer networks and systems
Robert will facilitate discussion of the documentary. The documentary “investigates the promise and perils of artificial intelligence, from fears about work and privacy to rivalry between the U.S. and China. The documentary traces a new industrial revolution that will reshape and disrupt our lives, our jobs and our world, and allow for the emergence of the surveillance society.” It is a good starting point for discussion of the subject
Program for January 9, 2022
Is Common Sense Common?
Kenneth A Schmitz, Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry and Environmental Studies, UMKC.
Typical trivia contests are about knowledge that one knows about a variety of topics. In contrast, problems that are directed to common sense involves reasoning. Those present will be given 22 puzzles that are solved by the application of common sense (as defined on the Internet). Solutions, along with a discussion and the reasoning, follow.
Program for January 2, 2022
Heading into 2022: What does the New Year bring?
Program for December 19, 2021
“The Safe Side of the Fence” a documentary about our nuclear legacy
Tony West, filmmaker/television videographer, editor
Tony will discuss the documentary about how massive number of workers were exposed to lethal amounts of radiation brought about by the need for uranium, https://vimeo.com/136970024 (pw: thesafeside15)
Program for December 12, 2021
Discussion: What the Hell is Going On?
Program for November 14, 2021
The November Mystery Celebration
Kenneth A Schmitz, Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry and Environmental Studies, UMKC.
What November is dedicated to but not generally celebrated.
Program for November 7, 2021
More about China and Other Concerns?
Program for October 31, 2021
Where are we with China?
Ian Munro, Professor emeritus at William Jewell College. He was among the first group of Americans to teach in China after the Cultural Revolution, from 1979-1981 at Wuhan University. He returned to China from 2010-2011, for a reunion with his students.
Dr. Munro will talk about how attitudes towards China have changed from the 18th century, but mainly over the last 50 years. Dr. Munro will address how the media has manipulated “popular opinion” in the U.S. about China. Dr. Munro’s talk is based on a paper, “American Attitudes Towards China,” and on a talk given at Wuhan University in 2011.
Program for October 24, 2021
Remembering Harlan Bonar (1950-2021), â€œThe Michelangelo of Missouriâ€
Fred Whitehead, freethought historian, poet, writer
Program for October 17, 2021
Random Distributions and Probabilities: Visualizing Solutions to Problems with Constraints by Means of Images and Diagrams
Dr. Kenneth S Schmitz, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry and Environmental Studies, UMKC
This presentation was inspired by the 3-Couple Seating Problem presented by Quintin Welsh. Also included are casino games, the three-door Monte Hall Problem, the distribution of siblings of the Smith and Jones families; and, also bar seating, and competition of oxygen and carbon monoxide to hemoglobin sites (a popular method of writers is the closed garage door with a running car engine)
Program for October 10, 2021
“Economics as Scientific Inquiry: An Antidote and Alternative to Neo-Liberalism,” (continuing discussion of September 5, 2021)
James Webb, UMKC Economist
There is a tradition of institutional economics going back to the late nineteenth century which critiques neoliberalism and provides an alternative analysis that incorporates C. S. Peirce”s views on scientific method and includes T. Veblen, John R Commons, J. M. Keynes, J. Robinson, Lester C. Thurow, J. Stiglitz, Randy Wray, Stephanie Kelton as examples of institutional economists
Program for October 3, 2021
Book Review: Phobias (2021) by Michael Young
Michael Young, renown Kansas Artist, notably known for â€œBrown vs. the Board of Education, that hangs in the Capitol Building at Topeka. Go to www.michaelyoungfineart.com for more of his work. Fred Whitehead, freethought historian, will interview Michael about his life and work.
Program for September 26, 2021
Can U.S. Foreign Policy Ever Get It Right? What Afghanistan Teaches Us About Honduras
Judy Ancel, Cross Border Network, (www.crossbordernetwork.org)
Program for September 19, 2021
Redistricting: The Most Influential — Yet Overlooked — Undertaking in Missouri Politics
Mary Lindsay, League of Women Voters of Kansas City, Redistricting Committee (lwvkc.org)
Program for August 29, 2021
Golf is a Four-Letter Word
An Informative and Entertaining Discourse on Golf-Play
Dr. Kenneth S Schmitz, Ph. D., Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry and Environmental Studies, UMKC.
Program for July 11, 2021
Program for July 4, 2021
Program for June 27, 2021
Program for May 23, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Barbara J. K. Johnson
Program for May 16, 2021
Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade: A Curriculum for the Future
HOST: Quintin Welch
Program for March 28, 2021
In 2019 the Cross Border Network organized a delegation of solidarity activists from across the U.S. and Canada to tour Honduras and inquire why thousands of Hondurans were leaving either alone or joining with others in â€œcaravans.â€ What they found was published in a report released just before COVID shut us all down. Even during COVID, caravans attempted to make it to the US border, but, of course, Trumpâ€™s â€œSafe Third Countryâ€ and â€œRemain in Mexicoâ€ policies made it very difficult to enter the US. Now that Trump is gone and Biden has announced the end to those two policies, Hondurans are coming again, with two hurricanes and COVID pushing them out as new reasons to flee. Why does the Cross Border Network take the position that the surge in Hondurans seeking asylum in the U.S. will not stop until the U.S. changes its foreign policy?
Program for March 21, 2021
SPEAKER: Fred Whitehead, freethought historian | Click here for the Zoom link See Vive la Commune? The working-class insurrection that shook the world
Program for March 14, 2021
SPEAKER: Dr. Barbara Johnson | Click here for the Zoom link
Program for March 7, 2021
Bill Tammeus, Columnist (The Presbyterian Outlook, Flatlandkc.org), Former columnist (National Catholic Reporter), KC Star Faith Matters blog: http://billtammeus.typepad.com , http://billtammeus.typepad.com/my_weblog/my-flatlandkc-columns.html , Twitter: @BillTammeus, Latest book: https://amzn.to/3ltRBn5 , My Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/billtammeusames
Program for February 14, 2021
SPEAKER: Quintin Welch
Program for February 7, 2021
(Part 2 of Jan 24 Program) SPEAKER: Greg Hodes, Ph.D., Philosophy
Program for January 31, 2021
SPEAKER: Darnell Hunt
Program for January 24, 2021
SPEAKER: Greg Hodes, Ph.D., Philosophy
Program for January 3 and 10, 2021
Please read this book in advance.
Program for December 20, 2020
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Everyone is welcome. Join us with passion and reason
Program for November 1, 2020
The choice of words and organization of phrases can sway opinions and beliefs. Discussed in this presentation is how science deniers in politics use the little lie to mask the big lie on two important issues in the forthcoming election: climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.
Program for October 18, 2020
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SPEAKER: Max J Skidmore, Ph.D., University of Missouri: Curatorsâ€™ Professor of Political Science and Thomas Jefferson Fellow
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Program for December 29
SPEAKER: Fred Whitehead (convener), poet, author, and freethought historian
What are the lessons of the recent past; and, prospects for 2020. All are welcome to participate
Program for November 22
SPEAKER: Harvey Williams, KC Melting Pot founder and executive director (kcmeltingpot.com)
Program for November 10
SPEAKER: Michael Caddell, Radio Free Kansas
(call-in talk show, noon to 2 pm daily, CST: 6:45 &:16 8652)
Program for November 17: A documentary film showing
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Program for October 13: Film Showing
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Program for September 22: Film Showing (Documentary)
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Program for Aug 25: Film Showing
There are two main parts that comprise the presentation. The first part is a Trivia section on the history of Bridge. Participation is optional. The second part deals with Audrey Grants “Bridge at a Glance” which summarizes the criteria for opening bids at designated levels. It is shown that all of the elements can be faithfully generated by a natural system based on the understanding of two general concepts: 1) the distribution of cards, and 2) the philosophical view that “above average quantities” play a central role in Bridge.
The Problem is False: Religion is the Issue
SPEAKER: Don Bell, former Presbyterian Minister, Biblical scholar
June 23: Open discussion
Mike Hoey, (Discussant)
June 30: Open discussion
Mike Hoey, (Discussant)
May 5: “Heading For Extinction and What To Do About It”
Lee Gum, Local Facilitator for Extinction Rebellion
May 12: “Pets Helping Those in Need: Pet Therapy”
Sharon Woodrum, Program Director, Pets for Life.
May 19: “Cooperatives: Democracy At Work”
Darnell Hunt, community activist/ organizer
Comparing cooperatives to the current capitol-driven workplace.
May 26: “American Educational Reform: Ill Effects of High-Stakes Testing”
Argun Saatcioglu, Associate Professor of Education and Sociology, K.U.
April 7: â€œA Look at the Green New Deal â€“ It’s Beginning and Futureâ€
SPEAKER: Mehdi Shariati, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Sociology, and Geography
April 14: â€œMedical Marijuana/Hemp and Tilapia â€“ What Ties Them Together? â€¦ Dre Taylorâ€
SPEAKER: Dre Taylor, Sustainable Agriculture
April 21: â€œOrganizing for Housing Justice: Eviction, Homelessness and Public Policy in Kansas City â€“ A Community Discussionâ€
DISCUSSANTS: Tara Raghuveer (www.evictionkc.org), organizer of KC Tenants, a grass roots group dedicated to empowering renters: Tiana Caldwell is a leader in KC Tenants Union: Jordan Young, is health director of MO Jobs with Justice – a panel discussion led by Ian Munro, William Jewell College emeritus professor of English
Taraâ€™s research on eviction and poverty in Kansas City was featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, Guardian, among others, and was cited in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Evicted by Mathew Desmond, (Penguin Random House, N.Y., 2016). In November 2017, she spoke on eviction before the City Council of Kansas City, MO (https://vimeo.com/244567154).
April 28: â€œIn Conjunction with the Greater Kansas City IWW Labor Film Series: Norma Rae (1987)â€
DISCUSSANT: Christian Wade, member of the Greater Kansas City Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).