W103 | Hot Topics


3:30 – 5:00 pm

9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20 & 10/27

Six Sessions 

This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program.

Six different ‘hot topics’ will be addressed by presenters with expert knowledge about these issues. A lively Q & A and spirited exploration of these topics will ensue. The topics and speakers are:

September 22: Bard College at Simon's Rock Professor David Baum: Afghanistan & The Biden Doctrine

September 29: Author, historian, and retired Foreign Service Officer John Dickson: What is Patriotism?

October 6: Healthcare Economics: National Economic Education Delegation (NEED) Executive Director Dr. Jon D. Haveman

October 13: Tom Gerety, former director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU and Yael Bromberg, Chief Counsel on Voting Rights for the Andrew Goodman Foundation: Voter Suppression

October 20: former TIME magazine editor Don Morrison and MCLA Professor Shawn McIntosh: The Press: Who Can We Trust and How Do We Know? 

October 27: Attorney Doug Mishkin and housing rights organizer Rose Webster-Smith: Protests as a Path to Change

Moderator Will Singleton holds an MA from Georgetown University and an Ed.D. from New York University. He retired as Superintendent of Schools in Roosevelt, NY after a long career in education. Upon his return to Pittsfield, where he grew up, he worked to reinvigorate the Berkshire Branch of the NAACP. He has had a life-long interest in Asian martial arts, earning a black belt in karate at the age of 60. He serves on the OLLI at BCC Board of Directors, the Social Science Curriculum Committee and the University Day Committee.


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