Wednesday at 6:00 pm
All Souls Forum
The All Souls Unitarian Universalist Forum, Kansas City’s longest ongoing conversation, has offered a platform for the discussion of significant issues since 1943. Guest speakers typically focus on issues of political, social justice, moral, educational and artistic significance. Each presentation is followed by questions and discussion.
“Ethics in International Finance” with Dr. Kara Tan Bhala May 25, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Dr. Bhala is President of the Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance & Ethics, and editor of Moral Cents: The Journal of Ethics in Finance, covering topics of banking regulation, global financial collapse & Buddhist ethics in finance. Her new book is International Investment Management: Theory, Ethics & Practice.
“Impact of Industrial Agriculture on Rural Communities” with Prof. Donald Stull May 18, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Don Stull is professor emeritus in anthropology at K.U. He writes about the consequences of the meat industry for farmers, workers, and communities that host their plants: Slaughterhouse Blues: The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America, and (co-editor) Any Way You Cut It: Meat Processing and Small-Town America.
“Kansas City’s First Black Professional Theater Company” with Damron Armstrong May 11, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Veteran K.C. actor Damron Armstrong’s plan is to present plays speciﬁc to the African American community but which hold universal appeal. In this post-Ferguson era, the new theater aims to bridge the gap between the reality of the black experience and the sometimes incomplete picture the media has presented.
“Climate Change Threats to National Security” with Dr. Chris King May 4, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Retired Brig. General, Dean of U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Dr. King serves on an international military advisory council on climate change. Dr. King will discuss the impact that water scarcity and other environmental issues have on national security and international stability.
“Cuba/United States Opening Doors” with Lewis Diuguid and Bette Tate-Beaver April 27, 2016 | 6:00 pm
The process of normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba is ongoing. Lewis W. Diuguid, Kansas City Star journalist, and Bette Tate Beaver, Regional Director at the National Association for Multicultural Education, recently visited Cuba. They will be sharing their observations of Cuba today and changes that opening doors may bring.
“The Decline in Middle-Skill Jobs” with Jon Willis April 20, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Jon Willis is an economist at the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank who studies employment trends. His recent ﬁnding: Middle-skill jobs are vanishing, polarizing the workforce and worsening inequality. He will discuss this development, and workers’ responses.
“The Real Skinny on the TPP” with Judy Ancel & James Turner April 13, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Congress will likely vote this year on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim nations. Judy Ancel is Director of Worker Education and Labor Studies at UMKC. Jim Turner is the Missouri Chapter liaison to the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program. They will explain how the TPP is even worse than past, corporate-serving trade pacts.
“Prairie Preserve” with Rita Norton April 6, 2016 | 6:00 pm
After years of suburban Kansas City living, Kathy and David Winn fulfilled their dream of owning land with the purchase of a 105-acre tract in Cass County, Missouri. The rare Mead's Milkweed and learning that their tract is a true native prairie remnant have transformed them into dedicated land stewards. Rita Norton spoke on their behalf.
“Building Community Resilience–One Tree at a Time” with Rob Reiman March 23, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Can we teach hungry people to fish . . . or perhaps grow their own fruits, berries and nuts? In just three years, 85 community orchards have been installed as a means to provide a sustainable food system for food insecure families. Rob Reiman, Executive Director for The Giving Grove, will discuss progress.