Political Science, Current Events


Like it or not, the 2020 campaign will start early in 2019. Join our OLLI group of pundits as we look at the early candidates, the predominant issues that will shape the next election and the ideological biases that affect the news reporting. Democrats, Independents, Republicans, liberals and conservatives are all welcome to politely engage in this civil discussion.

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What kinds of speech and expression are protected by the First Amendment? Where--or should--we draw the boundary between church and state? How do we balance the rights of an accused against the protection of citizens and the needs of law enforcement? In an age of intrusive technology, is there still a meaningful right to privacy? Join in a thoughtful discussion of critical civil liberties issues.
Be a part of the world's largest discussion program on world affairs, organized by the Foreign Policy Association. The 2019 topics include: refugees and global migration; the Middle East; nuclear negotiations; the rise of populism; U.S.-China trade; India and its neighbors; cyber conflicts and geopolitics; the state of the State Department and diplomacy. Read a 10-page briefing, view expert testimony on the week's topic, discuss. Required text: Great Decisions Briefing Book, ($30).

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This course will be a friendly gathering of people who enjoy considering newsworthy events together. We invite you to join our talented communicators as we engage in discussions on the pressing topics of our time. Class participation is an integral part of this course: you will be invited to help select several topics and your opinions are welcome. We will identify current issues, consider them in all their complexity, and then move on to consider possible solutions. Topics will range from domestic to foreign affairs as well as Florida-specific and women's issues.
The 2018 midterm elections are finally over and Florida politics will never be the same. Examine some big questions including, "what's different now," "why," and, "where do we go from here?" with the perspective of hindsight, and while it is still fresh in memory. Join others in thoughtful analysis and discussion to help you make sense of the tumultuous recent past, as we gird our loins in preparation for the 2020 elections.

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What are the implications of the Trump administration's management of the federal budget and its impact on the national debt? Take a high level view (no equations!) of these issues in macroeconomics. The Federal Reserve, who manages the nation's money supply, is taking steps to address that debt which is affecting interest rates and prices. Learn more about how the Fed operates, and about tariffs, international trade, and the impact of the Social Security (and Medicare) trust funds running out.
Like a few other friends and allies of the United States, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia prompts controversy. It is clearly not a democracy, but neither is it a police state or a one-man dictatorship. What are its guiding principles? Learn about the country from an OLLI member who served four years there as a senior US diplomat.