Category Archives: Sunday Forum

UU Forum, November 30, 10:00 am

“How To Not Be Ferguson”  with Major Anthony Ell, KCPD

How does our city’s police department approach the challenges that led to such disastrous results in Ferguson this summer?  What can we as citizens do to support law enforcement and hold it accountable? What do our children need to know?  Major Ell is an engaging representative of the KC Police Department, who will also address our teens following this Forum.

UU Forum, November 23, 10:00 am

“Expose and Close – Outrage in Artesia” with Panel

The Obama Administration is holding about 700 Central American women & children in a small desert town in New Mexico under poor conditions and without due process. Volunteers who traveled to Artesia to provide legal services will update us on progress in getting the families released and the facility closed.

UU Forum, November 16, 10:00 am

“Kansas City Mental Health Initiatives” with Theresa Reyes-Cummings & Jennifer Wilding
Theresa is Dir. of Program Development, Jackson Co. Community Mental Health Fund and a specialist in training for Mental Health First Aid.  Jennifer is the organizer of KC’s Creating Community Solutions, part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health.  They will cover KC area mental health initiatives and pressing issues, including social perceptions of increased violence, availability of care and Medicaid expansion.

Forum, November 9, 10:00 am

“Barriers to Seeking Help as Perceived by Abused Elder Women” with  Dr. Frederick Newman
Dr. Newman is Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Management. at Robert Stempel College of Public Health at Florida International University.  He will describe his study of 447 abused elder women in south Florida and their perception of barriers to seeking help. He will also discuss the implications for public health policy.

For those interested in reading the more formal – academic version of this presentation, see the attached reprinted from the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect: 2013_Newman_Seff_Beaularier_Domestic Abuse Against Elder Women


Forum, October 26, 10:00 am

“Some Surprising U.S. Presidents” with Max Skidmore
Conventional impressions of presidential history–Lincoln was superb, Pierce was disastrous–hold up to scrutiny.  Others, not so well.  Were Presidents of the Gilded Age subjugated by Congress? Did Reagan end the Cold War?  Was “Obamacare” rammed through without Congress reading it?  Some surprising answers.  Dr. Skidmore, UMKC Professor of Political Science, Fulbright Scholar & Lecturer, relishes questions.

Forum, October 19, 10:00 am

“The Brownback Referendum” with Burdett Loomis, PhD
This November election in Kansas is the most important in the past half-century or more. Dr. Loomis is Professor of Political Science at KU and will give us some late-campaign analysis.

Forum, October 12, 10:00 am

“Media, Capitalism and the Environment” with David Barsamian
Threats to the planet are growing in spite of legislation like the Clean Water Act and an agency named for Environmental Protection.  As global warming accelerates and carbon-fueled capitalism shows itself incapable of making necessary changes to protect the planet, we need to think about a different economic system.  David Barsamian is the founder of Alternative Radio, a progressive, international public affairs program.

Forum, October 5, 10:00 am

“Violence Seen as an Infectious Disease” with Rex Archer N.D, MP H Director of the Department of Health, Kansas City, Mo.


Should violence be viewed as a contagious disease? This is the contention of some experts in the field. Dr. Rex Archer will discuss how violence is spread from one person to another, how violence fits the basic infectious disease framework and how our understanding of this is leading to better strategic for reducing violence in Kansas City.

Forum, September 28, 10:00 am

“Rails Risky Business” with Mike Hendricks
Mike Hendricks has been a columnist and reporter for the Kansas City Star for nearly 30 years, covering business and agriculture. He will update his extensive reporting on the dangers of lightly regulated railroad traffic through Kansas City, potentially exposing adjacent neighborhoods to toxic chemicals.

Forum, September 21, 10:00 am

“The Future of Books” with Crosby Kemper
We live in a time of change for those who care about books. The publishing industry consolidates. More blockbusters, but fewer distinct titles get into print. Bookstores and publishers wrestle Amazon. eBooks abound. Are all these changes making us more literate and better read? Kansas City Missouri Public Library Directory, Crosby Kemper, surveys the future of books.