Morals Through Reason

Program for Sunday, November 27, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Sarah Hargreaves,   Kansas City Atheist Coalition President and Adam Brown, K.C.A.C. Marketing and Public Relations Director

Founders of the new group K.C.A.C described their premise, “Being good without God,” and the mission of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition (K.C.A.C.). 

For more information, Kansas City Atheist Coalition

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Puerto Rico: Past, Present and Future

Program for Sunday, November 20, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Eric Dollard,   Self-made scholar with a long-time interest in geography in general and a special interest in Puerto Rico

Eric discussed the  political and economic problems of Puerto Rico.

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Remembering Selma 46 Years Later

Program for Sunday, November 13, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Sister Rosemary Flanigan,   March 10, 1965 St Louis delegate to Selma, Alabama

It is apt that Kathryn Stockett’s first novel, The Help, became an overnight sensation when it was published in 2009 and then made into a major motion picture because it revived memories of the Civil Rights struggle in the South in the 1960’s.  So did a documentary, “Sisters of Selma,” which aired on PBS in 2007.  Sister Flanigan was one of the six nuns in the St. Louis delegation that went to Selma on March 10, 1965, the week following Bloody Sunday.  That delegation was featured in the documentary.

Let us use this tiny window from our past to serve as a reflection point on our present.

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Creating an Oasis in Urban Food Desserts

Program for Sunday, November 6, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Robyne Stevenson Turner,   Ph. D. Political science, (Department of Public Administration)  Rutgers University and  Adjunct Faculty, UMKC

We have a national epidemic of obesity and diabetes which are food related diseases.  The cure for this is fresh whole foods which we are not supplying to the people in the urban core.  Understanding how food gets from farm to market and how we can get food markets available will allow us to create new, urgently needed public policies.

Click here for more information about the Viable Third Community

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John Emerson Roberts: How I did the Research on His Life and His Work

Program for Sunday, October 30, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Ellen Roberts Young,   Author of John Emerson Roberts: Kansas City’s “Up-To-Date” Freethought Preacher

Dedicated  in memory of Woody Williams, local Freethought Advocate.

Kansas City’s All Souls Church has a long, rich history that extends back to the nineteenth century.  John Emerson Roberts was minister to All Souls Unitarian Church in the 1890s, and later, leader of the Church of This World.  His descendent, Ellen Roberts Young, is an independent scholar and member of the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society and the American Society of Church History.  She will discuss discoveries made during the research for her biography of John Emerson Roberts, which has recently been published.

To order the book,  email the author at

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Untangling the Mysterties of Alzheimer’s Disease

Program for Sunday, October 23, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Jeffrey Burns M.D., M.S., KU Med Center Assoc. Neurology Professor, Director of Alzheimer and Memory Program, Assistant Director General Clinical Research Center

Go to the K.U. Alzheimers website for more information.

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Behavioral Health Kaleidoscope

Program for Sunday, October 16, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall


Gloria Nepote, Professional Addiction Counselor and Registered Interventionist

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The Great Nuclear Debate: Nuclear Weapons-Making in KC

Program for Sunday, October 9, 2011 – 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm

This Presentation met in Stack Auditorium, Room 111, Royall Hall, UMKC

Ira Helfand, M.D., Emergency Medicine Physician in Leeds, Mass., Physicians for Social Responsibility Board Member and Vice President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War;



Maurice Smith,  is a retiree of the Department of Energy’s Kansas City Plant where he served as a Staff Engineer


Mr. Smith argued in support of nuclear weapons manufacturing. Dr. Helfand argued against nuclear weapons production and supported steps to reach a nuclear weapons-free world.

The debate was moderated by Jabulani Leffall of 89.3 FM KCUR’s “Central Standard.”

Community of Reason co-sponsored this debate with the KC Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and KC Peace Planters

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Protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline

Program for Sunday, October 2, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Rita Norton, Sustainable Energy Advocate

Rita spoke about her participation in the August 2011, Washington D.C. protest against the Keystone XL pipeline that is proposed to link the Alberta Tar sands to the Gulf Coast, seriously endangering the environment.  The XL pipeline is yet to be approved by President Obama

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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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