Social Science

Triumph of the Human Spirit – High Mountains, Vast Oceans, Extreme Cold, Remote Settings

Mondays, April 20 - June 15
No Class: May 25
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Online Course: Zoom

Growing up on a 60-acre game farm, I spent many hours outside wondering if I would ever experience deep adventures found in tales such as Kon-Tiki, Endurance, Annapurna, Book of the Eskimos, and Out of is World. I often asked myself, what allows some to survive the harshest of conditions in a variety of remote environments – whether as an explorer or just engaged in every day survival? Why do some live and others perish?

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China’s Grand Strategy

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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China’s ambitious project to connect itself to more than 70 countries in Central Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East through new roads, rails, ports, sea lanes, and air links. is $1.3 trillion cornerstone of Chinese foreign policy is positioning China at the center of over half of world trade.

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The Pinocchio Signal – Personal Media Literacy in the Information Age

Tuesdays, April 28 - May 16
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Online Course: Zoom

Most adults consider themselves educated and rational consumers of information. Yet many commonly accept misleading or immaterial statements and contrived statistics or graphics as “truths” that then become the basis of personal belief sets. is is especially a reality in both the political and commercial spheres. e most pernicious and most manipulative marketing technique is the use of half-truths. Of half-truths, Mark Twain spoke eloquently that “A half-truth Is e Most Cowardly Of Lies” since they cannot be disproven as fact but are invariably irrelevant to the underlying question.

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The Greatest Show on Earth III: The Primaries

Wednesdays, May 27 - June 17
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Online Course: Zoom

The Spring edition of this trilogy of courses addresses the party caucuses and primaries that run from January to June. While it’s often true that the winner can be determined well before the conclusion of this marathon, the Cinderella e ect may not be quite so obvious this year.

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Actually Reading the Constitution

Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 14 - May 7
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Online Course: Zoom

What does the U.S. Constitution say? We will focus on the language of the Constitution and the history that helps show what that language meant when it was rati ed. We will touch only lightly on constitutional law as developed by the Supreme Court.

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Perspectives on the Holocaust

Thursdays, April 30 - May 21
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Online Course: Zoom

The Holocaust, carried out by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany during World War II, was the most heinous organized crime of the 20th Century, if not all of human history. is four-session course will mix lecture and discussion as we address a number of important issues.

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