Facilitator: Richard Grove*
Seven Thursdays, 10 a.m. - Noon, September 21, 28, October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9
One Wednesday October 4
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Two weekly two-hour sessions explore each topic in depth. This is a time of dramatic change with Britain leaving the EU, populism and nationalism rising, and Trump policies on climate change, NATO, Russia and China. Topics for the fall are: Latin America’s Political Pendulum, Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan, The Future of Europe, and Nuclear Security.
Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition (Continued)
Presenter: Peter Sebelius*
Three Thursdays 1 - 3 p.m. September 21, 28, October 12
One Wednesday October 4
This course begins with an overview of the first part given last fall; specifically theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle through to Newtonian or the "classical" physics. The review will culminate with Einstein's theory of general relativity and its interpretation of gravitation in terms of the curvature of space and time. We will look at an extreme case of gravitation and space curvature: the black hole.
The course will then address quantum theory, touching the very basis of physical reality, altering our commonsense notions of space and time, cause and effect. Quantum theory is a vision of physical reality so at odds with our experience that even our language fails to describe the quantum world adequately.
Both general relativity and quantum mechanics are considered exceedingly complex; but the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by everyone. This course presents these concepts in plain English with no mathematics so that everyone can understand them.
If time permits (and it will if we travel fast enough) we will touch on the most recent advances in the physics realm including the discovery of Gravity waves, quantum entanglement and the confirmation of the Higgs Boson.
Open to All: You do not need to have participated in the Part One to attend.
Coordinator: Skip Youngberg*
Law and Civil Liberties
Presenter: Professor Frank Talty
Four Thursdays 1 - 3 p.m. October 19, 26, November 2, 9
The class will cover four areas of constitutional law that relate to Americans civil liberties: the freedom of speech and press, religious freedom, rights of the criminally accused and privacy rights/reproductive rights. In each category we will cover a number of Supreme Court cases that developed the law in those areas.
Coordinator: Sally Coulter*