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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.

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“Climate Change Threats to National Security” with Dr. Chris King
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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.


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“Cuba/United States Opening Doors” with Lewis Diuguid and Bette Tate-Beaver
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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.


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“The Decline in Middle-Skill Jobs” with Jon Willis
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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.


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“The Real Skinny on the TPP” with Judy Ancel & James Turner
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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.


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“Prairie Preserve” with Rita Norton
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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.


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Two Authors on Money and Politics
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March 30, 2016 | 6:00 pm

On Wednesday, March 9, 2016.at All Souls UU Church, . Authors Jeff Clement and Derek Cressman (When Money Talks)


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“Building Community Resilience–One Tree at a Time” with Rob Reiman
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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.


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“The Next Chapter for Academic Libraries” with Bonnie Postlethwaite
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March 16, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Academic libraries have dramatically evolved to embrace collaborative and interactive learning that incorporates rich technologies and a wide variety of information formats. Bonnie Postlethwaite, Dean of Libraries, University of Missouri--Kansas City, will discuss the new directions academic libraries are going.


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“Medical Technology: The Driver of Health Care Costs?” with David E. Kingsley, Ph.D.
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March 9, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Advanced medical technologies can be exorbitantly costly. However, it is not human inventiveness and inventions in medical science that are responsible for the U.S. per capita health care expenditures that are double and triple those of other advanced nations. It is the “free market myth” and the politically dominant, anti-government viewpoint.


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“Progress Toward a Sustainable, Resilient K.C.” with Gerald Shechter
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March 2, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Kansas City, MO is acting to move steadily toward social, economic and environmental resilience. Jerry Shechter, Sustainability Coordinator in K.C.’s Office of Environmental Quality, will discuss strategies and best practices that are moving us to sustainable objectives that will create a more resilient Kansas City.


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