“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Welcome to our Table – Stories of Immigrating to the U.S.” with Panel
Welcoming America is a national organization helping with conversations, integration issues, & building relationships between U.S. citizens, immigrants and undocumented immigrants. Two KC area groups are working with others on Welcoming initiatives. Our panelists will discuss the barriers immigrants face and ways they are working to overcome those barriers – and invite you to join in the journey.
“Mercury Pollution, the Other Global Environmental Crisis” with Craig Volland
Half the top predatory fish in US lakes are seriously contaminated with mercury. This menace is analogous to climate change and has the same basic cause. Craig Volland is Air Quality Chair for the Kansas Sierra Club. He has followed this issue since 1990, when he attended the First International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in Gavle, Sweden.
“UN Commission on the Status of Women” with Students from KC Academy
Mother’s Day is a time to reflect on the status of women and girls around the world. Students from Kansas City Academy will report on their recent trip to the United Nations headquarters in New York City to attend the fifty-eighth session of the Annual Commission on the Status of Women.