Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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US and World Affairs

Fall 2013

  • You Bet Your Sweet Assets: Economics in a Changing World (Video Conference)

    Day: 7 Tuesdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 9/17-10/29
    Location: UMass Boston, Healey Library, Lower Level, Presentation Room 3; Cordage Park, Plymouth & Hingham Public Library, Whiton Room via video conference
    Facilitator: Randall Holman
    Description: You can’t make decisions about your financial wellbeing without understanding the economic role of current events. The objective of this course is to stress the essentialness of engaging one’s self with macro and microeconomic theories, concepts, decisions and consequences that guide government policy makers globally. Focusing on “what does this mean to me,” a stronger understanding of economics will be gained to better protect one’s present and future. What is inflation, a recession, Obamacare, and what the heck is the fiscal cliff and how will any of it impact my personal/professional life? What are the economic successes/failures of capitalism, socialism, what are entitlements (Unemployment, Social Security, and Medicare) and can they be feasibly sustained? Is there such a thing as too much government? What are the relationships between supply, demand, pricing and scarcity and what do they mean to me at the grocery store or in my retirement? Sessions begin with a structural look at economic concepts, leading into their connection to current events. Class discussions will be entirely Socratic, fed by the endless supply of impacting news events past and present.

  • The Future, the Present, or the Past?

    Day: 5 Tuesdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 10/29-11/26
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 204A
    Facilitator: Loretta O’Brien
    Description: This course will consider three major events currently swirling around us, to wit: various aspects of global economic change, the specter of global climate change, and the realities of Biotechnology. We will do this with a presentation of the history of each item, followed by an expert opinion and a hopefully dynamic discussion.

  • How Our Correctional Institutions Work in Massachusetts

    Day: 6 Mondays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 11/4-12/16 (no class on 11/11)
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 204A
    Facilitator: Richard Ferrari
    Description: The day to day life of the inmate population, special management units and mental health in corrections will be discussed. The economics of corrections, who’s profiting and how the state invests its nearly 1 billion dollar yearly corrections budget will also be discussed. We may also be able to facilitate a tour of a correctional facility. The goal will be to provide a forum for discussion on current corrections policies that are decided by lawmakers.

  • The Police, the Constitution, and Citizens’ Rights

    Day: 5 Wednesdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 11/6-12/11 (no class on 11/27)
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 204A
    Facilitator: Robert P. Dunford
    Description: This course will provide the student with case histories of judicial decision with aim to assist the student with understanding police actions, constraints, and limitations on police power as interpreted by the U.S. and Massachusetts Constitutions. Citizenship implies an understanding of the laws that govern a society and knowledge of the duties, responsibilities, and powers of each branch of government, and in this instance, the police.

  • Southeast Asians in the United States: Finding Their Voices

    Day: 6 Mondays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 11/4-12/16 (no class on 11/11)
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 201
    Facilitator: Mai See Yang
    Description: This course examines issues arising from the resettlement of one million Hmong, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian refugees in the US since 1975. By drawing on individual voices and experiences, together with theoretical frameworks from history, sociology, political science, psychology, and education, this course explores the diverse cultural and historical backgrounds of Southeast Asians as well as their complex processes of migration, refugee resettlement, and community development in the U.S. Themes of trauma, healing, and resilience—and their interplay with changing contexts of families, communities, schools, public policies, and homeland relations—are important threads in the course.