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

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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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Synesthesia: The Lucky Few with Mixed Senses

Program for Sunday, July 17, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Dr. Christopher T. Lovelace, Professor, Department of Psychology.

A discussion of the sensory traits of synesthesia – how common is it and what’s it like to experience it.

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Climate Change: The Definitive Issue of Our Times

Program for Sunday, July 10, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Dennis Murphey, Chief Environmental Officer for the City of Kansas City, MO.

Mr. Murphey discussed climate change protection and sustainability in Kansas City and the consequent legacy left to future generations.

Here is a link to the KC Green webpage on the City’s website

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A Sober Look at the Deficit Hysteria: The Ryan Plan, Social Security and Medicare

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

Max J. Skidmore, Curator’s Professor of Political Science UMKC and Thomas Jefferson Fellow

Editorial comment: Why Max Skidmore’s Talk is something that everyone needs to understand.

  1. The deficit hysteria – that the U.S. Federal deficit is a dangerous and very serious problem that must be dealt with immediately to avert some kind of a disaster – is first of all hysteria – hysteria being excessive and unfounded fear.
  2. The fear being promoted is baseless. The U.S. Federal deficit creates no burden for future generations, with the current U.S. monetary system, the U.S. Federal Government cannot go broke, U.S. Treasury checks cannot bounce, we do not have to tax in the future or borrow money from the Chinese (or anyone else) to deal with the deficit (or the debt which is the accumulated net deficits). The U.S. Federal Government cannot create money without limit.
  3. The deficit – is used as a pretext to not to do what is needed to offset cyclical problems — and thus keep the main street economy in the hole for a potentially long time
  4. The deficit hysteria about U.S. Federal deficit is being used as a pretext to destroy current and future progressive programs. Things can hardly help to get worse until deficit hysteria is exposed for what it is.
  5. Political Economy includes the functioning of the political system as it actually works. Economists are very good at proposing policies that make sense but that have difficult political problems that must be overcome first. Max Skidmore understands the politics as well as the phoniness of deficit hysteria.  (James Webb)
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The Emergence of Marriage as a Marker of Class

Program for Sunday, June 26, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

June Carbone, Smith Professor of Law. UMKC Law School, Co-author of Red Families and Blue Families

College graduates who marry now have the lowest divorce rates since the 1960s. Their children are most likely to live in intact families and get lavish educations; upper class children in intact families have all three advantages — class, education and intact family. But class largely trumps education: children raised in the top (top 20%) who do not get a college degree are now more likely to end up in the top (20%) than a child raised in the bottom (20%) who do get a college degree.

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Juneteenth: Where Have We Been and Where are We Going

Program for Sunday, June 19, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Airick Leonard West, President, Board of Directors KCMSD

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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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