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At 1:00 PM EST on January 6, 2021, the 117th Congress of the United States of American convened to count the electoral votes from the previous November’s Presidential Election.
Before they had completed that task nearly 11 hours later the Capital Building would be stormed and occupied by approximately 2000 of their fellow citizens. Five people would be dead, and hundreds injured.Two years later polling indicates that somewhere between 35-45 percent of Americans view the incident as a protest by patriots determine to void what they viewed as a fraudulent election.
Over the course of this eight-week class we will exam the issues that have driven (and continue to drive) our divisions and explore options that can bridge the gaps that threaten our democracy.
Class 1: The Constitution - A founding based on compromise.Class 2: Voting and Representation – Who decides? Class 3: Racism – Not just about Black and WhiteClass 4: Immigration – A problem and an opportunityClass 5: Foreign Policy – Is America still the ‘leader’ of the free world?Class 6: Education – Time to teach critical thinking?Class 7: The Economy – How do we promote the general welfare?Class 8: The Environment – Mother Nature doesn’t care – It adjusts
Instructor: Steve Nelson
Steve Nelson was born in Texas but raised in Oregon. Steve graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Political Science in 1970. He then served for three years as a Marine Corps Officer. He has been a facilitator at the OLLI Denver University West Campus since 2016 and the OLLI University of University of Arizona Green Valley Campus since 2017. He has facilitated courses in Current Events, America’s Wars in the Greater Middle East, The COVID-19 Pandemic and The American Media in both locations.
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