Anti-Slavery, Tennyson and The Origin of Species: Darwin’s Literary and Cultural Contexts, 1830-1860

Program for Sunday,  February 12, 2012
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Hagg Hall

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

Eight Annual Darwin Day Todd Kelso Memorial

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In Memory of Langston Hughs: “The Funk Still Lives

Program for Sunday,  February 5, 2012
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Hagg Hall

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

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

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The Legacy of Thomas Paine

Program for Sunday, January 29, 2012
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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

Dr. Whitehead  reviewed Paine’s influence on the last two centuries.

In the tradition of Thomas Paine Banquets, was a pot-luck at Tom Crane’s residence, 3707 Pennsylvania, KCMO 64111 at 3:30 pm.  Tel (816) 561 6288

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Quest for Truth at the Intersection of Religion and Science: A Personal View

Program for Sunday, January 22, 2012
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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

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Civil Rights: ACLU’s 21st Century Goals

Program for Sunday, January 15, 2012
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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

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

Associated ACLU link.

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What About Electric Cars?

Program for Sunday, January 8, 2012
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

John Kurmann,  ReEnergizeKC (ReEnergizeKC.org),

Craig Volland, (picture not available) Spectrum Technologies and Air Quality Chair of the Kansas City Sierra Club

The technology of the latest hybrid and plug-in vehicles were compared and discussed along with the necessary corresponding changes to regulations and the electric grid.

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Occupy Kansas City: A Hope for Democracy

Program for Sunday, January 1, 2012
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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

Here are some links that were part of the discussion:
Capitalism vs Climate by Naomi Klein
The Future of the Occupy Movement
Occupy the Dream

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Freethought and Christmas

Program for Sunday, December 25, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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

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The Workings of Common Sense

Program for Sunday, December 18, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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

Dr. Soni  examined 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.

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What the Pro-Choice Movement is Doing Wrong

Program for Sunday, December 11, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Rev. Rebecca Turner,    Minister of Disciples of Christ Church and Executive Director of Faith Aloud (whose mission is to eliminate the religious stigma of abortion and sexuality). Her spiritual abortion counseling has been featured on PBS’ “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly”, in 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.

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