Monthly schedules

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

This presentation will focus on people-to-people interactions including the present audience.

Program for July 4, 2021

Program for June 27, 2021

Dr. King will discuss what biases are, how they can cause harm even when we don’t intend it, how we develop biases over our lives, how they lead to microaggressions, and of course how to mitigate their harmful impact.

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 “caravans.” 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, Trump’s “Safe Third Country” and “Remain in Mexico” 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?

SPEAKER: Judy Ancel, Cross Border Network | Click here for the Zoom link

Program for March 21, 2021

Communards and supporters at a barricade in the rue de Charonne, Paris. Photo: Photo 12/UIG via Getty Images

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

To purchase an autographed copy, please email:

Bill Tammeus, Columnist  (The Presbyterian Outlook,, Former columnist (National Catholic Reporter), KC Star Faith Matters blog: , , Twitter: @BillTammeus, Latest book: , My Amazon author page:

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

Program for December 6, 2020

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

Time: 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Program for October 11, 2020

SPEAKER: Max J Skidmore, Ph.D., University of Missouri: Curators’ Professor of Political Science and Thomas Jefferson Fellow

Program for Sept 27, 2020

CorKC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Time: 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Program for Sept 20, 2020

CorKC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Time: 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Program for Sept 13, 2020

SPEAKER: Gordon Elliott (physicist, electrical engineer, mathematician)
CorKC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Time: Sep 13, 2020, 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 

Program for Sept 6, 2020

Mike Hoey, 
(grassroots activist), will discuss the book and show a video interview with the author about his book

Program for Aug 30, 2020

You are invited to a live ZOOM planning/organizational meeting.
We hope to discuss and decide our meetings for the next 4 to 8 weeks. 
Please come, help and participate.

Program for Aug 23, 2020

Modeling the coronavirus spread in a community (a very short preview of my August 30 presentation)
Gordon Elliott, physicist, electrical engineer, mathematician

How the suppression of scientific information and an audience lacking scientific understanding has led to the politicization and subsequent spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States
Kenneth S. Schmitz, Emeritus professor of physical chemistry and environmental studies

How capitalism, globalism, and climate change are responsible for humans’ contracting novel viruses, and what we can do to reverse this trend (summary of a presentation by Dr. Shiva can be found here.
Darnell Hunt, retired Navy Nurse Corps officer, community activist/organizer, and occasional political candidate.

An open discussion will follow the above presentations – everyone is encouraged to join

Program for Aug 16, 2020

Greetings friends of Community of Reason KC.
You are invited to a live informal virtual gathering to visit, reconnect, and just talk
amongst ourselves (formal dress optional). How have we been? What do we want?
Where do we wish to go? If you can’t join us and even if you can please let us know
what you think COR ought and could do.
Please email these ideas to

For more detailed instructions on how to join the zoom virtual meeting, click here.

Program for March 22, 2020

Karen True, Deputy Chief, Kansas City Police Department

Program for March 15, 2020

Donna Maize, Fire Chief, Kansas City, Missouri

Program for March 8, 2020

a film about Hypatia of Alexandria during 4th Century Eygpt
Cristian Wade (discussant), member of the Greater Kansas City Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

Program for March 1, 2020

Alissia Canady, Managing Attorney, Canady Law Firm, (former Kansas City councilwoman)

Program for Feb 23, 2020

Kenneth S. Schmitz, 
(discussant), Emeritus professor of physical chemistry and environmental studies

This documentary is relevant at a time when treaties are meaningless and rollbacks on environmental protections are not slowing down by an administration that believes human-induced climate change is a hoax.

Program for Feb 16, 2020

Jamie Jackson, an activist for Palestinian human rights with “Citizens for Justice in the Middle East” (CJME).  CJME and CoR KC are co-sponsors of this event.

This documentary follows the story of four young Palestinians who have been detained and imprisoned in the military system, providing us a lens into a key structure of oppression in the occupied territories.  On average 500 Palestinian children are detained every year.

Program for Feb 9, 2020

David Burnham,
 Paleontologist, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, returning from celebrated recent discoveries (e.g., New Yorker Magazine, CBS Morning Television, KC Star newspaper)

Program for Feb 2, 2020

Rick Randolph
, M.D.  retired U.S. Army Colonel, Chief Medical Officer, Heart to Heart International (, worked with WHO (World Health organization), tracked epidemics: cholera and Ebola in Africa (Liberia)

Program for Jan 19, 2020

Joyce McGautha, President of SANKOFA and former director of Urban Community Leadership Academy

Program for Jan 26, 2020

Robert Stewart, editor of “New Letters” magazine; poet, essayist
 Robert will read selections from his latest book of poems, Working Class (2018, Stephen Austin State University Press)” 

Program for December 1

Kenneth S Schmitz, (discussant)
Emeritus professor of physical chemistry and environmental studies. 
It is suggested the audience take notes on the material in the documentary

Program for December 8

Kenneth S Schmitz,(discussant)
Emeritus professor of physical chemistry and environmental studies. 
It is suggested the audience take notes on the material in the documentary, to compare the effectiveness of the two documentaries: “An Inconvenient Truth,” and “An Inconvenient Sequel.” 

Program for December 15

Cecilia Belser-Patton, organizer with Missouri Jobs With Justice (
 Using art and activism as tools for teaching self-actualization, Cecilia uses artivism to create the just and open world in which she wishes to live in.

Program for December 22

Kenneth S Schmitz,(discussant)
Emeritus professor of physical chemistry and environmental studies. 
After 30 years of crystal-clear science on global heating, the general public seems unconcerned about the real consequences, positive as well as negative, of the failure to act. Confusion is not only fed by climate deniers and special interest groups, but also by the focus of scientists solving the problems associated with effects rather than causes. 

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 (

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

Kenneth S Schmitz, (discussant)
Emeritus professor of physical chemistry and environmental studies

Program for November 24

Max J Skidmore, Ph.D., University of Missouri: Curators’ Professor of Political Science and
Thomas Jefferson Fellow

Program for October 27

James Webb, Economist
 Kuhn’s theory of scientific change has been very influential. What can we say about scientific inquiry in
light of the tectonic revolution in geology (and other episodes)?

Program for October 20

Jim Haas, Ed.D., is a retired public school teacher, principal, and university director, a Milken Family Foundation National Educator, and a National Scholar in the Humanities.

We’ll take a trip back in time that paints our culture’s roots in the European Middle Ages using
a humanities palette and a broad brush helpful in understanding contemporary issues
from the Middle East to Constitutional government.

Program for October 13: Film Showing

The film will explore the two most important questions of the Trump era:
How did we get here and how do we get out?
Open discussion: everyone is invited to participate

Program for October 6

Layla, BADIL Worker and Jaime Jackson, member of
Citizens for Justice in the Middle East
(KC group advocating for peace and justice for Israel and Palestine)
BADIL’s Vimeo Page:
Here are links to the two films:
“The Sun is Due to Rise”: [duration 16:43]
“Forcible Transfer in the Old City of Hebron”: [duration 5:48]

Program for September 29

Fred Whitehead, poet, author, grassroots historian.

Program for September 22: Film Showing (Documentary)

Kenneth S. Schmitz, Emeritus professor of physical chemistry and environmental studies
That art and science are manifestations of the same thing is the theme of the documentary in which four prominent scientists explore their views from their scientific fields of expertise on the “Circus de Soleil” production of “Mystere.”  A discussion follows the documentary.

Program for September 15

Lewis Diuguid, Author, Journalist, Editor, formerly with Kansas City Star, Harvard University’s
Lois M. Lyons award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism; and,
Bette Tate-Beaver, Executive Director National Association for Multicultural Education ( ), a 100% Volunteer Driven Organization

This paper was presented at Seoul National University at the Korean Association for
Multicultural Education Conference (see NAME website for details)

Program for September 8

Judy Ancel, President of
and other delegation members
This summer, a delegation of Americans sponsored by “Cross Border Network” visited Honduras to investigate why so many families with children were leaving and making the long trek to Trump’s border. 
We’ll discuss the results of this investigation.

Program for September 1

Luis Flores, Cognitive Psychologist,
Ken Schmidt, UMKC Professor Emeritus of Biophysical Chemistry
and Environmental Studies Faculty,
James Webb, Economist

Program for Aug 4:

Click on our Essays section to view a copy of Barbara’s presentation which includes a bibliography

Program for Aug 11:

The historical fiction film “The Imitation Game” about Alan Turing won an academy award. But, nothing in the film actually happened. This history lesson focuses on the forces that shaped the invention of the computer and the intellectual and mathematical effort that was hidden from the public for decades, but almost certainly won World War II, and ending with a discussion of the origins of “Artificial Intelligence.

Program for Aug 18:

Gordon Elliott, Consultant
(background in Physics, Engineering and Computer Science)

Program for Aug 25: Film Showing

Jamie Jackson (Discussant), a local activist with Citizens for Justice in the Middle East (CJME).  
CJME and CoR KC are co-sponsors of this event.

This documentary was the last chance for many Israelis and Palestinians who lived the event to share their riveting and moving personal recollections. The film reveals the shocking events surrounding the creation of one state and the expulsion of a nation. (go to for a discussion guide)

July 7:

July 14:

July 21:

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.

July 28:

Fred Whitehead, Writer, Freethought Historian
Mike Hoey, Grassroots Historian

June 2: 

SPEAKER: Don Bell, former Presbyterian Minister, Biblical scholar

June 9:  Film Series

Open discussion: Everybody is welcome to participate

June 16:

The Problem is False: Religion is the Issue

SPEAKER: Don Bellformer Presbyterian Minister, Biblical scholar

June 23: Open discussion

Mike Hoey, (Discussant)

June 30: Open discussion

For the video of the talk, click here
For the description about the book, click here 

Mike Hoey, (Discussant)

May 2019

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 2019

April 7: “A Look at the Green New Deal – It’s Beginning and Future”

SPEAKER: Mehdi Shariati, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Sociology, and Geography

April 14: “Medical Marijuana/Hemp and Tilapia – What Ties Them Together? … Dre Taylor” 

SPEAKER: Dre Taylor, Sustainable Agriculture

April 21: “Organizing for Housing Justice: Eviction, Homelessness and Public Policy in Kansas City – A Community Discussion”

DISCUSSANTS:  Tara Raghuveer (, 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

Tara’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 (

April 28:  “In Conjunction with the Greater Kansas City IWW Labor Film Series: Norma Rae (1987)”

DISCUSSANT: Christian Wade, member of the Greater Kansas City Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).  

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