“Soapbox Sunday: An Opportunity to Speak Your Piece” with All Soulers
This is an opportunity for any person with passion about a topic to speak or perform for about 5 minutes. Sign up in advance with Carolyn MacDonald or volunteer from the audience as time permits. Jack Phillips will open and close with a selection of his satirical songs.
“What’s Happening in Jackson County?” with Scott Burnett
What is happening in Jackson County now? What might we see in the future? Just what does the Jackson County Legislature do? Scott Burnett is First District Jackson County Legislator, first elected in 1998. He has been involved in politics and government for much of his professional life
“Press Coverage of Mideast Conflicts” with Steven Youngblood
Steven Youngblood will assess how US media reports on the Mideast, such as the tendency to personify an enemy to better sell military intervention. He is Director of the Park University Center for Global Peace Journalism, which seeks to frame news coverage to improve prospects for peace without compromising good.
“An Active Way to Create Peace: Ending Torture Worldwide” with Shawna Foster
Preventing torture worldwide may seem impossible, but it’s closer than we think. Former ASUUC Intern Minister Shawna Foster will discuss how the transformational work of implementing anti-torture laws brings peace to the entire world. She is a social justice activist who now is US Program Coordinator for International Bridges to Justice.
“Cooperation and Altruism in Evolution of Species” with Mindy Walker
Bees and ants have been cited as examples where cooperation among individuals has led to evolutionary success. Dr. Walker will discuss human evolution within this context and the potential for our species to transcend our tribal and national interactions.. She is an Associate Professor of Biology at Rockhurst University.
“What is Manhood Today?” with Rodney Knott
What is the meaning of masculinity in today’s world? What forces shape the role of men in our culture? How should men respond? In 2009 computer engineer Rodney Knott formed ReEngage, a Kansas City non-profit dedicated to helping young males become men.
“Why Can’t the Richest Nation on the Planet Get Education Right?” with Bernard Franklin
How is it that the richest nation has one of the most broken education systems in the world? What’s working around the world and in small pockets in our country? Dr. Bernard Franklin is President of Junior Achievement of Mid-America and has been Special Assistant to the VP of Student Affairs for KSU and Chancellor of PVCC.
“Implementation of Obamacare in Missouri and Kansas” with Andrea Routh
The Oct 1 deadline for implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has passed. What’s happening? How can uninsured people become insured? What are the rules? How can you help make this a success? Andrea Routh is Executive Director, Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance.
“The Voting Rights Act in the Supreme Court” with Edward Cantu
The Voting Rights Act was passed at the height of America’s civil rights movement. Its present and future are in doubt after the Supreme Court found parts of the Act are no longer valid. Is this decision outrageous or overdue? Edward Cantu, UMKC Assoc Prof of Law at UMKC, will discuss the effects and probable outcomes of this decision.
“Slaves to Google” with Whitney Terrell
Whitney Terrell will discuss his recent article in Harper’s (co-written with Shannon Jackson) on the Google Fiber project in Kansas City. He argues that Google’s Kansas City project is a dangerous model for how to build such networks across the country. Terrell is New Letters Writer-in-Residence at UMKC and the author of The Huntsman and The King of Kings County.