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.
“Healthy People in a Healthy Community” with Faisal Khan January 23, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Faisal Khan is the new C.E.O. for the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center on Euclid Avenue. He will discuss the Health Center’s role as a community advocate for social justice as well as a public health resource for the community and its members. Mr. Khan has been director of the St. Louis County Public Health Dept.
Advancing Climate Solutions January 9, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Pachamama Alliance's Advancing Climate Solutions through Local, State and Regional Partnerships event on 12/8/18 had their first workshop to present Paul Hawken's radical, emerging new NY Times Bestseller: DRAWDOWN: THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING.
“Orwell’s Version of Dystopia–Jury Still Out” with George Baggett January 2, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Recent history invites re-reading of George Orwell’s novels and essays, as well as others who address the consequences of expressing truth to power. Are 1984, Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Prince, and An Enemy of the People warnings, or road-maps for authoritarians?
“Keeping EPA Going Amidst Political Turmoil” with Kerry Herndon December 26, 2018 | 6:00 pm
Kerry Herndon worked for the U.S. EPA as an environmental scientist for 34 years and thrived on work protecting the environment and public health. She will discuss current controversies surrounding the agency, challenges faced by career staff, and potential results from roll backs on environmental policies. She is currently chair for the Kanza Sierra Club.
“Advocating for a Food & Farm Bill” with Paul Johnson December 19, 2018 | 6:00 pm
Paul will cover the disconnect between where taxpayer money should be spent to promote healthy diets and the giant share that goes instead to Big Ag commodities.
“Our Electrical Grid in Transition” with Bob Solger December 12, 2018 | 6:00 pm
Bob Solger is founder of the Solar Design Studio that specializes in photovoltaic design, consulting & financing. He will cover the current transition to a more decentralized electrical grid from increasing production of renewable energy, especially solar, and resulting contentions with the utility industry over grid access and cost.
Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond December 5, 2018 | 6:00 pm
The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, 45th Human Rights Award dinner keynote talk by Dr. MaryLouise Patterson on the correspondence between playwrite, poet, author and racial justice activist Langston Hughes and her parents which she co-edited with Evelyn Louise Crawford whose parents were also part of the close circle of friends.
Forum: “The elections–Where do we go from here? ” with Max Skidmore November 28, 2018 | 6:00 pm
Max Skidmore holds a Univ. of Minnesota PhD in American Studies, a large field that combines history, political science, popular culture, etc.--extending specifically to study of such phenomena as Medicare and Social Security. Let's hope for enough upbeat election results to have fun considering them.
“Habitat for Humanity Projects in Natural Disasters Areas” with Scott Burnett November 21, 2018 | 6:00 pm
Scott Burnett has worked with Jimmy Carter on international and domestic Habitat for Humanity projects, usually in natural disaster areas. Scott will present a slide show detailing several projects from Anniston, Ala. to the Gulf Coast and from the California Coast to Mekong, Thailand. Mr. Burnett is Legislative Chairman for Jackson County, MO.
“United Nations and Global Discontent” with Manny Pedram & Matthew Westra November 14, 2018 | 6:00 pm
Dr. Manny Pedram will present a brief history of the annual United Nations Day celebration affirming the “goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.” Then, Dr. Pedram and Matthew Westra will review the causes of 21st century failures to achieve human sustainability and to overcome bigotry, hatred and religious and ethnic conflicts.