Classes meet on Fridays, September 22 - November 10, 2017
Morning Classes (10a.m. - Noon unless otherwise noted)
The Crash of '08
Class Co-Leaders: Jerome Julian and Keith Kemp
The financial crisis of 2008, also known as the Global Financial Crisis, the Mortgage Crisis, and the Great Recession, is considered the worst financial event since the Great Depression. It threatened the collapse of large financial institutions, housing prices plummeted, stock markets dropped worldwide, and our public discourse is now peppered with terms like “too big to fail.” The focus of this class is to provide an exploration of the causes & effects of the crisis and how it unfolded. Topics will broadly examine what happened, how it happened, why it happened, and the key players (including government agencies, banks, Wall Street, and the Fed). We will also review related policy responses and regulations. Presented in laymen’s terms, our goal is to gain an understanding of the event through documentary film, slide presentation, brief supplementary readings, guest lecture, and discussion.
No background in finance or economics is necessary.
Class size will be limited in order to provide participants an opportunity to join in lively, inclusive discussion.
The Supreme Court: Classic and Contemporary Cases
Class Leader: Carl Stover
Examine the role of the Supreme Court in U.S. government and society as well as the interactions amongst constitutional law, politics, and philosophy. Carl Stover leads an informed reading and discussion of selected 2017 Supreme Court cases and the reasoning behind the decisions including excerpts from the actual opinions of the Justices. This year’s topics include recent Freedom of Religion cases and President Trump’s Travel Ban.
Class time will also include a viewing and discussion of “Marbury vs. Madison” from the “Equal Justice Under Law” television series.
For more information call Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or email@example.com