Keeping the Movement Moving

Program for Sunday, June 12, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

David Silverman, President of American Atheists

How the American Atheist Organization is supporting activism and leading the movement into the future.

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Free Thinking in Kansas City and Beyond

June 5, 2011

  • Sarah Hargreaves, founder and Organizer of the Skeptical Woman’s Group; Veronica Houghton and Jesse Dirks, Kansas City free thinkers.
  • Conrad Hudson, President of KU Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics KUsoma and  Representative of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA)
  • Other Kansas City free thinkers: Fred Heeren, Provocateurs and Peacemakers and Iggy Dybal.
  • The proceedings were moderated by Doug Greer

Sarah Hargreaves, Veronica Houghton and Jesse Dirks spoke about their involvement in the Skeptical Woman’s Group as well as the unique ways they are free thinkers. Conrad Hudson spoke about SOMA, SSA and free-thought events. Fred Heeren spoke about his organization. Iggy Dybal spoke about local free thinking groups.

(from left to right: Conrad Hudson, Sarah Hargreaves, Veronica Houghton, Jesse Dirks, Doug Greer)

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Nicolai Vavilov: A Martyr to Science Under Stalin

May 29th presentation

Dr. Fred Whitehead, Free Thought Historian.

Dr. Whitehead gave a brief history of a pioneer of plant genetics who starved to death in a Russian jail.

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Government Debt and Deficits: A Phony Crisis

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stephanie Kelton, UMKC Associate Professor of Economics

Understanding of the ability of the U.S. government to create money reveals the fallacy of the danger of the federal debt and deficit.

For more information click on this tag. New Economic Perspectives,
Recommended Reading: The Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy by Warren Mosler

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Geology and Health

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Syed Hasan, Ph. D., UMKC Professor of Geosciences

Damage and lives lost due in recent natural disasters dramatizes the importance of geologic processes for human health and well-being, a new subspeciality in the Geosciences . Dr. Hasan discussed the scope and application of this new field, and identified research needs.

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Neutrons-to-nihilism: Questions and Implications From the Left Hemisphere

May 8, 2011

Anthony N Caruso, UMKC Assistant Professor of Physics.

This lecture/discussion uses scientific pursuit as a stage for exploring and exploiting the absolute.

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A May Day Celebration: International Worker Day

May 1, 2011

Bob Suckiel, 40 years with 4 railroads as Engineer, Conductor, Brakeman, Switchman and laid tracks. He was joined by his wife, Diana Suckiel.
A commemoration of the struggle for the 8-hour Day, the Hay Market Massacre and the coming of industrial unionism in spoken word and songs from 1868-1945, featuring Eugene V. Debs, Mother Jones, IWW, and the struggle for the dignity of work.

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Public Media and Political Independence’s

April 24, 2011 

Tom Klammer, Host of “Tell Somebody,” a weekly public affairs show broadcast every Tuesday at 6 pm 90.1 fm KKFI

American journalism is in a deep, profound and existential crisis that is also an existential crisis for democracy. Journalism costs money. Democracy cannot exist without an informed public and the advertising model that supported journalism since the 1850’s is dead.

For more information go to the Tell Somebody website

The following websites contain the research information Tom referred to in his talk.
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Violence and Abuse Against Indigenous Women

Sunday, April 17

Venida Chenault, Ph. D., Social Welfare, Prairie Band Potawatomi/Kickapoo, Vice President for Academics, Haskell Indian Nations University.

In her recently published book (March 2011) Weaving Strength, Weaving Power: Violence and Abuse Against Indigenous Women, Dr. Chenault exposes and examines the plight of Indian women in particular and oppressed peoples in general. She proposes a framework for social change.

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Energy in Sports

Michael Kruger, UMKC Chairman Physics Department

Michael  reviewed  the interplay of different forms of energy in sports, with emphasis on bungee jumping, pole vaulting and baseball.

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