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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Religion and the Critical Mind

April 3, 2011

Anton Jacobs, Ph. D. Sociology, lecturer in Philosophy and Religion at K.C. Art Institute, United Church of Christ Clergyman.

Dr. Jacobs discussed his book, Religion and the Critical Mind (published in September 2010 by Lexington books) which provides an overview of the criticism of religion from the Hebrews to post-modernism.

Click the essay page (above) to view a summary of chapter 12 from Dr. Jacobs book

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Coming Home to Eat: Preparing for Predicted Food Disruptions

Sunday, March 27, 2011


We examined how to develop a relocalized, sustainable, self-reliant food system.

  • Left:  Steve Mann, Squash Blossom Food Buying Club Director and Kansas City Food Policy Coalition
  • Right:  Ben Kjelshus, Founder, Kansas City Food Circle



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Present-Day Politics

March 20, 2011

Max J Skidmore, Curators’ Professor of Political Science and Thomas Jefferson Fellow

An assessment of the Obama administrations’ legislative record to date.

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Baha’u’llah Enlightenment for Today and Tomorrow

Sunday, 13, 2011

Melvin Page, Jr.

Why enlightenment and not the Church, has always paved the way to our brightest future

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Medical Marijuana

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rob Amerine (Parkinson’s patient), Mark Pedersen (Fibromyalgia patient),Greg Terry (Crohn’s disease patient), Greg Preuss,  and Emi Pedersen.

The group viewed and discussed the film “What if cannabis cured cancer?” along with current relevant Missouri legislation.

Related Link Cannabis Patient Network

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The People Rise Up: Reform in the Middle East

February 27, 2011

Ahmed El-Sharif, Civic leader, Penn Valley Instructor of Biology and Chemistry, born in Sinai

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Egypt does not belong only to the Egyptian people. In Egypt, the cradle of civilization, a profound reform will echo throughout the Middle East and impact the entire world.

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Bringing KC Together to Get Things Done

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sly James, Marine Veteran, small business owner and Attorney

Sly James addressed his 4E Agenda for overcoming our geographic, racial and political divisions to make Kansas City a smarter, safer and more efficient community: Efficiency, Education, Employment and Enforcement.

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Seventh Annual Todd Kelso Memorial Darwin Day Lecture – “The Evolution of Humans: What we know and Don’t Know”

February 13, 2011

Ronald Pine., Ph. D., Has served as a curator at the Smithsonian Institution, a college professor, has numerous articles, one book concerning zoology, has published critiques of creationism.  He has led scientific expeditions to many parts of the world and still does so in his retirement.

Dr. Pine will discuss what we think we know now about the main evolutionary pathway to modern-day humans and the dead-end “side branches” that ended in extinction.  He will also discuss the history of the fossil discoveries and the changing ideas about them.

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Kansas City Budget: Going Beyond the Cuts

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Deb Hermann, KC Councilwoman First District at Large

Having led the KC budget Process for 3 of the toughest years in the city’s history, the councilwoman believes the time is here to expand our economic base.
Deb Hermann’s website
You can view a portion of the Q and A of Deb’s talk by clicking on the following link:
Segment 7

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