Is our democracy broken? History offers hope. Consider five pivotal cases in U.S. history from three centuries as decision makers would have, through background briefing on the issues. Read the case (about 30 pages each) on your own; in class, analyze and wrestle with the issues and options decision makers faced. Experience history in a more immersive way and emerge with a greater appreciation of the strengths, weaknesses and resilience of American democracy. Required text is Democracy: A Case Study by David Moss ($20).

July 29, 2021 to August 19, 2021, Online Course
January 2021 brought us a dramatic change of leadership in Washington. Most of us are aware of the key political differences between presidents Trump and Biden. We'll focus our discussion on the challenges the new administration faces and delve into current events that stir this political pot.

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Take a journey through the history and science of the early atomic age from Dalton's theory that all matter is composed of atoms to the development of the atomic bomb and the decision to drop it on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In this series of four lectures we'll review the scientists and spies involved in The Manhattan Project then consider the science behind the more sophisticated, and potentially far more destructive, Hydrogen bomb.

May 1, 2021 to August 1, 2021, Recorded Course
Review recent decisions and the current opinions of our nation's highest court, and preview what might be on the court's docket in the following term. Hear expert analysis on judgments rendered with a focus on those that differentiate the majority from the dissent.

July 12-26, 2021, Online Course