Current Events and Politics

BATTLEGROUND 2020

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

01 - 27 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-27 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With the U.S. House of Representatives on a course to impeach Donald J. Trump on several charges, the U.S. Senate likely will be holding the third trial in American history of a sitting president early next year. It also happens to be a presidential election year. The trial will probably be getting underway just as a somewhat thinned-out Democratic field faces voters in four early state primaries and caucuses starting in Iowa on February 4 and concluding in South Carolina on February 29th. Three days later Texas, California, and at least 10 other states hold their Super Tuesday primaries. These parallel processes ensure a most interesting spring of 2020. This course will track these developments and other political stories in national and state politics as our nation approaches the fall General Election, arguably one of the most important in American history and the first contest since the 1980s where Texas is expected to be a battleground state.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ERIC: Ongoing and Emerging Challenges for the U.S. and the World

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

01 - 27 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-27 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Let’s envision a grand strategy for U.S. foreign policy for the 21st century. What are our goals? Where are the threats? How will the impact of militarism, climate change, globalization, migration, trade, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, technology, and shifting alliances inform the direction of the future? How will our goals align with or confront those of our peer adversaries China and Russia, our allies, and independent emerging powers? Let’s explore the challenges and join in the conversation!

BATTLEGROUND 2020

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

01 - 29 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-29 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With the U.S. House of Representatives on a course to impeach Donald J. Trump on several charges, the U.S. Senate likely will be holding the third trial in American history of a sitting president early next year. It also happens to be a presidential election year. The trial will probably be getting underway just as a somewhat thinned-out Democratic field faces voters in four early state primaries and caucuses starting in Iowa on February 4 and concluding in South Carolina on February 29th. Three days later Texas, California, and at least 10 other states hold their Super Tuesday primaries. These parallel processes ensure a most interesting spring of 2020. This course will track these developments and other political stories in national and state politics as our nation approaches the fall General Election, arguably one of the most important in American history and the first contest since the 1980s where Texas is expected to be a battleground state.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ERIC: Ongoing and Emerging Challenges for the U.S. and the World

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

01 - 29 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-29 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Let’s envision a grand strategy for U.S. foreign policy for the 21st century. What are our goals? Where are the threats? How will the impact of militarism, climate change, globalization, migration, trade, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, technology, and shifting alliances inform the direction of the future? How will our goals align with or confront those of our peer adversaries China and Russia, our allies, and independent emerging powers? Let’s explore the challenges and join in the conversation!

MANY COOKS: The Making of U.S. Foreign Policy in the News

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 01 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-01 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

It isn’t just the President and Secretary of State who create U.S. foreign policy. Many other hands are at work—the National Security Advisor and staff, the Defense Department, the intelligence agencies, other departments and agencies of the Executive Branch, Congress, the courts, the media, and interest groups. Ambassador Chase Untermeyer, who served in the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department will illustrate how these players interact, and often conflict, with each other in making U.S. foreign policy.

THE BIG PICTURE: Inside Washington and the Middle East

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 17 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-03-17 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Drawing from his career in public service and foreign affairs, Ambassador Untermeyer will examine various topics in both Washington and the Middle East. • An Electoral College Education • How the White House Works—Or Is Supposed To • Congress and the Lobby: Who’s In Control? • The Nine: The U.S. Supreme Court • Sacred Sands: How Islam and History Shape the Middle East • The Middle East: A Trouble-Free Tour of Trouble Spots

GERMANY AFTER MERKEL: What Now?

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 22 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-22 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Angela Merkel will end her 4th term as German chancellor in the Fall of 2021. After 16 years at the helm of the German government, she is the longest serving chancellor besides her mentor Helmut Kohl. She kept the European ship on an even keel, in spite of some turbulence, and was valued as a reliable partner by her foreign counterparts. When this era comes to an end, what are the challenges for Germany’s leader to follow her, what are the names floated as possible successors, and what kind of government will they form? In this lecture, we will examine this shifting political landscape and outline potential scenarios for Germany going forward.

WARHOL TO WATERGATE: The Many Political Lives of Bella Abzug, Shock Waves of the 1970s

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

04 - 19 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-04-19 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

New York Representative Bella Abzug seemed to be everywhere in the 1970s— her big personality topped with a signature hat memorialized to iconic status in a portrait by pop artist Andy Warhol in 1977. This talk, drawing on Dr. Zarnow’s recently published book, treats the congressional change-maker as a leading political bellwether of her times. Revered as “sister Bella” and hated as “the conservative’s devil,” she incited extreme responses reflective of the cultural and political polarities of American society in the pivotal seventies. Using Abzug as a guide, we will explore how this earlier period in which Americans’ braced oil shocks, deindustrialization, urban unrest, changing family structures, race, class, and gender tensions, a seemingly endless war, and a president’s near impeachment led to the nation we are living in today.

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE NEWS: Round Three

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 05 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-05-05 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course will focus on breaking stories and broader trends in U.S. foreign policy. Subjects could include the Trump Administration's approach to foreign affairs; the ongoing tragedy of Syria; U.S. and North Korean tensions; the Iran nuclear deal; Moscow's policies in Europe and the Middle East; the short to medium term prospects for Chinese-American conflict; or any myriad of other issues that could emerge onto the international scene. The object throughout is to have an open, thought-provoking discussion that will allow students to move beyond sound bites in order to better understand the international challenges we face as a nation.