Category Archives: Sunday Forum

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.

Forum, September 14, 10:00 am

“Telling the Truth in a Time of Universal Deceit” with Coleen Rowley
Coleen Rowley is a former FBI Special Agent and Chief Division Counsel in the Minneapolis FBI office who testified before Congress about the FBI’s failure to help prevent the 9/11 attacks. Along with two corporate whistleblowers, she was named Time Person of the Year in 2002. She will talk about the ethical failures which compel truth tellers like Edward Snowden to risk their lives to tell the truth.

Forum, September 7, 10:00 am, Bragg

“The Need for Infrastructure Investment in Kansas City” with Troy Schulte
Troy Schulte has served as City Manager of Kansas City since 2010, after serving seven years as the City Budget Director. He holds Masters degrees in economics from Iowa State University and UMKC.

Forum, August 31, 10:00 am

“Half the World Away:  A Journey to the Naga Mountains”
Newlyweds Rakmi Shaiza and John Kurmann traveled to her hometown in Ukhhul, northeast India, in January.  Rakmi, who was a community organizer in Ukhrul, will talk about how her home has changed in the 13 years since she came to the U.S. as a student, and John, a community activist, will share his observations on life there.

Forum, June 1, 10:00 am

“Attacks on Social Security” with Max Skidmore, David Kingsley, and James Webb
For three-quarters of a century, Social Security has provided financial security for millions of U.S. citizens.  Our speakers have advocated for Social Security and Medicare for decades. They will open with summarizing comments on the attacks against the programs and discuss misrepresentations.  An impressively wide range of research experience will be brought to questions.