Current Events

Current Events

 

 Issues in the News (180)

This class will discuss various issues currently in the news.  There will be two topics each class period.  A 15-20 minute video from TED will present one speaker’s view of the issue. Discussion of the issue will follow each talk.  Likely topics will be the rise of the new global rich, how income inequality harms society, should we trust the market system with our civic life, the one-party political system in China, reforming our political system, science denial, good leadership, and tools for a better world.  The class will be moderated by OLLI member Carol Gohm.

Mondays:   November 24, December 1, 8, & 15  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members  
Room: C129

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The Militarization of American Police  (276)

Americans have always desired that police operations be local in nature, not federally structured. The image of the friendly patrol officer known to the community has disappeared and instead has been replaced by a new image which appears more like an occupying hostile military force.  What began during the “War on Drugs” has exploded during the “War on Terror.”  The military armament and tactics witnessed in Afghanistan are now appearing on our local streets. SWAT teams employing night vision goggles, flash bang grenades and armored former military vehicles are changing the relationship between local police and their role in our daily life. Innocent adults and children are the all too frequent casualties.  This course will explore the accelerated militarization of American local and state police forces.  The class will be led by Jim Johnson, an adjunct political science professor and attorney. 

Fridays: January 30, February 6, 13 & 20 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members   
Room: C224

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 The Constitution: Its Beginnings and Relevance Today (277)

Since its creation over 200 years ago, the Constitution remains the greatest legal document ever written, and it is a living document.  While the Supreme Court continually interprets the Constitution so as to reflect a rapidly changing world, its basic tenets have remained virtually unchanged since its inception, and unchallenged as well.  In this class, OLLI member and retired school teacher Jim Reha will explain the background of the Constitution and how it is still meaningful today.  Attendees will receive a pocket-sized Constitution.

Tuesdays: February 17, 24 & March 3 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members  
Room: C129

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The Seduction of America by the Pentagon  (278)

Since WWII, Americans have been told that supporting the military is an essential part of being patriotic.  Corporate America has found it extremely profitable to develop ad campaigns around the phrase “Support the Troops.”  We were warned over half a century ago that this would happen from one of our greatest war heroes, President Eisenhower.  His farewell address to the nation implored us to beware of what he termed, “the military-industrial-complex.”  We have not only ignored his advice but have become totally seduced by all things military.  It is now political suicide to suggest any reduction in the defense budget and as a consequence we spend more on military activities than the next 13 nations on the planet combined.  This course will explore how Americans have willingly become seduced by the Pentagon and the corporate interests of the military-industrial-complex.  The class will be led by Jim Johnson, an adjunct political science professor and attorney.

Fridays: March 27, April 3, 17 & 24, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members  
Room: C224

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 Issues in the News (279)

This class will discuss various issues currently in the news.  There will be two topics in each of the four class periods.  A 15-20 video from TED.com will present one speaker’s view of the issue.  Discussion of the issue will follow each talk.  TED talks don’t just present a summary of events and their causes, they tend to focus on innovative ideas and broad issues.  Likely topics will be the art of democratic debate, charter cities as a solution to poverty, social experiments in poverty, antidotes to apathy, ways to fix a broken legal system, aid versus trade to Africa, and probably a couple on education.  The class will be moderated by OLLI member Carol Gohm.

Thursdays: February 19, 26, March 5 & 12 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members  
Room: C129

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