Bruce Myers, Chair, with Ed DeMarco and Don Anderson
First and third Fridays, Feb. 19 – May 21
The Friday Forum is a program for individuals who seek adventures in collaborative learning and informed discussion. Each group member becomes a vital contributor to the learning experience and is expected to lead a session after two semesters of attendance. The objective is to have group members increase their knowledge of significant issues facing us in the 21st century.
Feb. 19 Enlightenment Now
Is the world falling apart? Those who follow the news might well believe it so! Stephen Pinker’s Enlightenment Now is a groundbreaking collection of recent social science research, proving that ‘it just isn’t so.’ Pinker demonstrates that on a global scale, health, prosperity, knowledge and happiness – life’s important goals – are all increasing. The presenter will share Pinker’s assertion that by seeking rational solutions to our societal problems, the outcome for the world can be bright.
Mar. 19 Streaming Entertainment Services: How Do They Stack Up?
One side effect of the COVID pandemic is the sharp increase in subscribers of internet-based streaming media services, conveniently delivered directly into the comfort of our homes. What has been your experience? In this facilitated session, a few volunteers from the class will be asked to report their personal experiences in using their subscribed streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney +, Hulu and others. A set of pre-compiled questions will be used by each volunteer leader as a guide to form a basis with which to rate their services, such as content quality, cost and ease of use.
April 16 The Aftermath of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the most traumatic experience for our country since WWII. It has already decimated our economy and disrupted our educational system from preschool through the university system. The presenter will facilitate a discussion that will include the disruptive impact on our culture and possible influence on our health care system going forward.
May 7 Navigating International Business
Few Americans understand the complexity of global commerce and the benefits our country gains both economically and politically through our active participation in the world of international business. During this session, the presenter’s perspective of these global economic benefits will be shared for group discussion.
May 21 Win One, Lose One: The Politics of Redistricting
The 2020 census is history, but it is only the beginning of the process for the states. With North Carolina likely to gain a seat in the U.S. Congress, the legislature has begun redrawing the map for congressional districts. In this session we will examine the process and problems with redistricting. We will also discuss proposals for reform to limit gerrymandering.