Exercise and the Human Brain

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

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

Eric reviewed 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.

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Day Off for Planet Earth

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

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.

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My Life as a Bootlegger’s Grandson

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

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. 

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Labor Day: Imagining Labor’s Future

Program for Sunday, September 4, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Judy Ancel Director of UMKC’s Institute for Labor Studies

Judy discussed the worldwide attack on working people, the significance of the Wisconsin protests and the future of the labor movement.

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Missouri Juvenile Court: Kansas City’s Unique History and Role

Program for Sunday, August 28, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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.

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Giving Voice to Ethics in the Federal Budget Debate

Program for Sunday, August 21, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Barry Speert, University-level Instructor and Broadcast Commentator

Barry assessed liberal, conservative, secular and religious claims made recently in connection with the federal budget; within the larger context of ethical relativism.  His analysis extended from the U.S. Conference of Bishops to modern day followers of Ayn Rand.

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The Misery of Islam

Program for Sunday, August 14, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Dr. Fred Whitehead, Freethought Historian

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

“This book draws on the best historical scholarship on the subject of Islam, in the context of various problems encountered by dissidents, infidels and diverse traditions within Islam.” — Fred Whitehead, publisher.

“As long as we are lucky to have brave authors like Java Gopal, there is still hope that Islam will not succeed in destroying the achievements of humanism.” — Ibn Warraq

Available as a PDF file on compact disk.  $10 (U.S. currency), postpaid to any address in the world.  Contact John Brown Press, P.O. Box 5224, Kansas City, Kansas 66119 U.S.A.

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Grassroots Radio: Why it Matters and What it Means to You

Program for Sunday, August 7, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Speakers:  Tom Klammer, Host of “Tell Somebody,” a weekly public affairs show broadcast every Tuesday 6 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

(left to right:  Craig Lubow, Doug Greer and Tom Klammer)

The panel previewed the International Grassroots Radio Conference to be held at All Souls Unitarian Church, here in Kansas City, August 18 to 21.  For more information go to   http://grassrootsradioconference.org.

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A Month with the Brown Hyena in Namibia, Africa

Program for Sunday, July 31, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Dr. William Kirk Suedmeyer, Director Animal Health and Research, Kansas City Zoo.

Dr. Suedmeyer planned to discuss the involvement of the Kansas City Zoo in field research.

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A Revolution Not Just for the Middle East

Program for Sunday, July 24, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

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.  Fatimeh is an educated, modern woman who was present in Egypt prior to and during the uprising. The nature of the change in Egypt (and elsewhere) and how the needs of all people might be accommodated is an open question. There over 500 million women living in Muslim majority countries. Stereotypical visions are misleading. Many millions are, like Ms. El-Sherif, modern, educated and operating in what has previously a “man’s world”.

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