21st Century American Social Issues
6 sessions, 12 hours
This discussion-oriented course explores some of the most challenging and compelling social issues in our society today. Examine the roots of such multi-faceted issues as race, gender, education and media, and explore their impacts in our society. Expect civil and respectful discourse. Topics for this term may include: Education’s Role in Modern Society: From Socrates to TED, how and what we teach matters. War & Peace: The “new” normal post-9/11, from drones to diplomacy – can anything work? Gender & Sexuality: What does LGBTQI mean? Race, Justice & Equality: What is the “New Jim Crow?” The Individual and the Community: How to balance self with the beloved community. Media Matters: From Marshal McLuhan to Twitter how the media has created today’s world. Assignments (short) may be recommended for different weeks, but for the most part, we’ll draw from our life experiences for discussion and reflections leading to greater understanding.
Instructor: Jim French earned a degree in physics and philosophy from Vanderbilt University and spent his career in association management through which he developed an abiding interest in both U.S. and international politics.
ILR721 21st Century American Social Issues
4-Digit Number: 5628
Mondays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 9/18/17 – 10/23/17
Location: Frederick Senior Center
Tuition: $30 Fee: $69 Total: $99
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only.