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Lifelong Learners: An Angry & Fractured America. How Did We Get Here?

  • Repeats: Every week on Wednesday from January 13, 2021 to March 3, 2021.
  • Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
  • Time: 10:00 am – 11:15 am
  • Location: Zoom

America today is deeply divided economically, politically, socially, and culturally. And it is an angry country. Despite significant progress in addressing historic inequalities, America continues to fall short on racial, gender and other forms of exclusion. Americans seem more concentrated on their individual pursuits without regard to the common good. Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett’s The Upswing: How America came together a century ago and how WE can do it again, provides a macro history of how Americans faced and gradually overcame similar challenges 100 years ago. Join us as we use this book to frame our conversations about “how did America get here?” and “what can we do to come together?” to meet the challenges America and the world face today.

We will convene virtually via Zoom from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (Iowa time) for seven Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, January 13 and finishing on Wednesday, March 3. The March 3 session will focus on the organization Braver Angels and will include community members familiar with the organization.

We hope you will join us for these wide-ranging conversations about America.

Ruth Caldwell, Professor Emerita of French
Paul Gardner, Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Alan Lerstrom, Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies

Topic: Lifelong Learners: An Angry and Fractured America. How Did We Get Here?
Time: Feb 10, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Wed, until Mar 3, 2021, 4 occurrence(s)
        Feb 10, 2021 10:00 AM
        Feb 17, 2021 10:00 AM
        Feb 24, 2021 10:00 AM
        Mar 3, 2021 10:00 AM

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