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.
“There’s Nothing Fake about Real Journalism” with Yael Aboulhalkah January 18, 2017 | 6:00 pm
More than ever, the public needs research and factually oriented journalists to inform them about politics. Newspapers are being decimated; still, they and other platforms are providing excellent content for people to read and use. But in a nation where people too often believe fake news and increasingly don’t trust the media, what can be done?
“UMKC–An UrbanUniversity Looks into the 21st Century” with Barbara Bichelmeyer December 21, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Kansas City native Barbara Bichelmeyer took over as Provost of the University of Missouri--Kansas City in 2014, after 19 years at Indiana University. She chose to return because of the opportunity she saw at UMKC. A year and a half into her tenure, she describes her expectations and aspirations going forward.
“Affirmative Apathy: I’m Already Doing What I Can” with Bill Mullins December 14, 2016 | 6:00 pm
The Black Lives Matter movement raises visibility about the continuing impact of gross inequality and discrimination in America. Thoughtful writers note that privileged Americans face several stages of internal self-examination and that too few make it far enough. We will hear how wealth privilege, gender discrimination and systemic racism--in concert--hold change back.
“Direct Democracy in Action” with Winston Apple December 7, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Mr. Apple, founder of Populists in Action, will present an overview of how the ballot initiative process can be used by citizens in Missouri (and 23 other states) to pass legislation without going through the state legislature.
A Drone Specialist Speaks Out November 30, 2016 | 6:00 pm
ian Westmoreland, a former member of the US Air Force, helped build the communications infrastructure for the drone program in Afghanistan. He has signed an open letter to President Obama proclaiming that US drone attacks, which have killed thousands of civilians, have served as recruitment tools for ISIS and other terrorist groups rather than curtailing wars.
“City Performance–By the Measures” with Kate Bender November 23, 2016 | 6:00 pm
CSTAT is a data driven, public-facing initiative focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of city services, monitoring progress toward the City Council's Strategic Priorities elaborated in the Five-Year Citywide Business Plan since 2014. Kate Bender will describe how results are assembled and reviewed by top City Officials.
“Penetrang the Rhetoric on Key Elecon Issues” November 16, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Among the most contenous issues in the presidenal campaign are internaonal trade and Islam. Rakesh 'Raj" Bhala is Assoc. Dean, Int’l. & Comparave Law, KU Law School and also trained in economics. He will cut through the parsan rancor and offer insights about internaonal trade agreements and Islamic Law (Shari'a).