*CANCELED* Inequality and the American Dream Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
Public discussions and policy debates often mention rising income inequality as one of the greatest challenges. This talk will consider how recent trends in economic inequality shape our local, state, and national communities today. We will discuss how inequalities in income and wealth shape the prospects for upward mobility for future generations. And we will examine whether improving education – long seen as the most forceful way to strengthen social and economic opportunity – can still reduce inequality and its consequences.
*POSTPONED* BREXIT and the European Union Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
In June 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union, reversing six decades of diplomacy and initiating one of the most complex negotiations in the history of international affairs. Two years on and the future course of BREXIT remains uncertain. The British public, parliament and government are all divided on the issue and the negotiations with European partners are tense. The UK is set to formally leave the European Union in March 2019. How will the final phase of talks unfold and what does the future hold for the US’ most important allies? This talk will analyze the causes of the BREXIT vote, assess the current negotiations, and explore the potential consequences for both the UK and EU.
China’s Xi Jinping: The Next Mao Zedong? Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
When China's President Xi Jinping was reelected in 2017, Western media called him the “chairman of everything” or the “next Mao Zedong” because of his expanded control over the party apparatus. It is, however, unclear whether he is doing this to fight corruption and poor policy implementation, or to merely to consolidate his own power and rule as a dictator similar to Mao. This talk will attempt to discern between these intentions, and to help us understand how Xi can be expected to respond to changing domestic politics, as well as challenges to China's hegemony from without.
Supreme Court Developments: Blockbuster Decisions, A Retirement, A Nomination, and Prospects Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
In this past momentous term, the nation’s high court rendered rulings on Trump’s travel ban, gerrymandering, labor unions, privacy in the digital age, religious liberty versus gay rights, and other vital issues. If that were not enough to make this an uber-consequential term, it was immediately followed by “swing-vote” Justice Kennedy’s announced retirement. Then, in less than two weeks, President Trump nominated federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a favorite of conservatives, to fill the resulting vacancy. This talk will survey these far-reaching developments.
Money Laundering Made Simple: What It Is and Why It’s Easy Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
This session will try to make sense of the wide variety of money laundering beneficiaries, the range of techniques they employ to hide both the origins of their funds and the ultimate uses, and the vast global network of enablers who facilitate the process, such as bankers, attorneys, accountants and even governments. The detailed revelations contained in the so-called “Panama Papers” and “Paradise Papers” would serve to graphically illustrate how the porous and opaque nature of the global financial system makes money laundering easy to pull off and extremely challenging for governments to combat.