Overcoming Stereotypes: Understanding Today’s Turkey

Program for October 21, 2012.
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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

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

Program for October 14, 2012.
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

In conjunction with the Kansas and Missouri Paleontological Society

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

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

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It’s Just Genetics Over time (Part 3)

Program for October 7, 2012.
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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.

Click here to view the Power Point Cindy used: Kin Selection and the Evolution of “Altruism.” Community of Reason October 7, 2012
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What are we Breathing: Radon and Other Indoor Air Issues?

Program for September 30, 2012.
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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

Protecting yourself against hidden toxins in your home.

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Listening to the Dark

Program for September 23, 2012.
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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

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

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What Inequality has Done to America

Program for September 16, 2012.
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall


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)

The following are Power Point presentations related to the speakers talks

Carbone.Family Classes
Inequality.what it did to America.COR.9.16.12

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What Determines the Price of a Gallon of Gas?

Program for September 9, 2012.
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Ken Stalder, Professional Geologist. Kansas and Missouri Paleontological Society president

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

 Click here for the Power Point Ken used in his presentation:  Energy Costs Conservation and Renewables 2012

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Jobs With Justice: Putting Labor in the Pulpit

Program for September 2, 2012.
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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 wage $1 to $8.25/hour. The other would limit the interest that payday loan stores can charge in Missouri to 36%.

Visit Jobs With Justice website

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Honduras: Our Next War?

Program for August 26, 2012.
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag 
Hall

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

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

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Reason Versus Religion

Program for August 19, 2012.
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

James Webb, Economics Department, UMKC

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

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