North Korea and Global Nuclear Threats Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Long Trail School Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
The prospect of a war between the United States and North Korea cannot be wished away. Donald Trump doesn’t place much stock in diplomacy and asserts repeatedly that the United States cannot accept a nuclear-armed North Korea with long-range missiles. Nuclear dangers are growing elsewhere, as well. The United States is recapitalizing and refining its nuclear war-fighting capabilities, at a cost of over one trillion dollars. Russia is also replacing older subs and missiles with new ones. China, India and Pakistan as well as North Korea are increasing their nuclear stockpiles. Treaties to reduce nuclear dangers are unraveling. What can be done to halt and reverse these dangerous trend lines?
Today's Headlines (Summer 2018) Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Time: 9:30 am-11:00 am Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75
Voice your opinion on national and international issues and hear what others are thinking. The moderator serves as a guide and provocateur to explore timely topics. Lively discussion is the centerpiece. Space is limited.
When Stories and Pictures Lie Together… And You Don’t Even Know It Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
Fake news operators are weaponizing legitimate photojournalism as an accelerant to fan the flames of disinformation. This malpractice, based on the corruption of text and image, is called the contextual misrepresentation of photojournalism. The misuse affects the credibility of storytelling with pictures just as surely as changing content with Photoshop. The range of offenders includes fake news sites, social media users, online-only news organizations, and even some legacy-based newsrooms. Here’s the issue… you don’t even know it.
Brexit: An Economic Suicide Note? Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
Real wages in the UK in 2018 are still 6% below where they were in 2008. The Great Recession exposed deep underlying difficulties in the UK. Misplaced austerity that was implemented in 2010 had no other economic purpose than to reduce the size of the state. The young voted AGAINST Brexit while the old voted FOR, which opened up deep chasms in society. The government's own estimates are that Brexit will lower GDP, and there do not seem to be any economic benefits. What does this mean for the UK going forward? Are any social or political benefits likely to ensue?
The GMALL Debate 2018 Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
“The motion before this meeting is that OUR DEMOCRACY IS IN PERIL.”
Inequality and the American Dream Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
Public discussions and policy debates often mention rising income inequality as one of the greatest challenges. This talk will consider how recent trends in economic inequality shape our local, state, and national communities today. We will discuss how inequalities in income and wealth shape the prospects for upward mobility for future generations. And we will examine whether improving education – long seen as the most forceful way to strengthen social and economic opportunity – can still reduce inequality and its consequences.
China’s Xi Jinping: The Next Mao Zedong? Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
When China's President Xi Jinping was reelected in 2017, Western media called him the “chairman of everything” or the “next Mao Zedong” because of his expanded control over the party apparatus. It is, however, unclear whether he is doing this to fight corruption and poor policy implementation, or to merely to consolidate his own power and rule as a dictator similar to Mao. This talk will attempt to discern between these intentions, and to help us understand how Xi can be expected to respond to changing domestic politics, as well as challenges to China's hegemony from without.
Money Laundering Made Simple: What It Is and Why It’s Easy Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
This session will try to make sense of the wide variety of money laundering beneficiaries, the range of techniques they employ to hide both the origins of their funds and the ultimate uses, and the vast global network of enablers who facilitate the process, such as bankers, attorneys, accountants and even governments. The detailed revelations contained in the so-called “Panama Papers” and “Paradise Papers” would serve to graphically illustrate how the porous and opaque nature of the global financial system makes money laundering easy to pull off and extremely challenging for governments to combat.