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Politics + Contemporary Issues

Politics + Contemporary Issues

Wednesdays, September 6-November 15 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.

The Roberts Court
The Supreme Court had only eight Justices for much of its 2016-17 term, but it nonetheless decided a number of important cases. Law School faculty will present lectures on cases recently brought before the U.S. Supreme Court on a wide range of issues, including predatory lending and subprime loans; the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); racial bias on juries; and state funding for religious schools. 

Faculty, School of Law, Case Western Reserve University 
Wednesdays, September 6– October 4 

Download the syllabus: The Roberts Court - Senior Scholars Fall 2017 Wednesdays

Jazz – From Its Origins to the Present
Jazz History is American History. Join us as we dig into the roots of jazz, its explosion in the 1920s and the swing era and its eventual transition into art music. Special emphasis on Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and even some music from the instructor. 

Lecturer: Lecturer: Paul Ferguson, Senior Instructor, Department of Music, Case Western Reserve University; Artistic Director, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra 
Wednesdays, October 11-November 15

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Thursdays, September 7-November 16 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.


U.S. and Latin Relations: From The Cold War to the Trump Administration
This course will examine the major events and policies that shaped the relationships between the United States and the Latin American nations. In the process we will examine how the Cold War shaped U.S. views towards the region, how economic policies and political conflicts impacted migration and immigration patterns, and how U.S. history tends to ignore Latin American perspectives towards the US. 

Lecturer: Jose Sola, Associate Professor of History, Cleveland State University
Thursdays, September 7-October 12 

Turkey: Understanding the Present by Seeing the Past
For many years news about Turkey was rarely found on the front pages of the daily news—whether in hard copy or on the web. For the past several years, and particularly, after the failed coup of July 15, 2016, events in Turkey have achieved a new prominence. Yet, for many Turkey remains a mystery. This course will look at the history of Turkey, beginning with prehistoric settlement and moving on to the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire. It will conclude with a close look at the history of the current Turkish Republic, created in 1923, with a special focus on economics, education, and religion and a detailed examination of the events which brought that nation back to the front page. 

Lecturer: John Grabowski, Associate Professor of Applied History, Case Western Reserve University
Thursdays, October 19-November 16

Read about John Grabowski in this Think article at 


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Mondays, September 18-November 6 | 10:30 a.m.-noon

Barbara Greenberg, Attorney and Magistrate


Using the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights as our text, each class focuses on these treasured words and related landmark United States Supreme Court cases to illustrate how the decisions affect our daily lives. As our laws are fluid, current events and cases bring additional connection to these historic documents and their words.  Material: United States Constitution, Bill of Rights


South Franklin Circle | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, September 19-November 7 | 10-11:30 a.m.

Barbara Parr, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies


A spotlight on the white underclass recently has produced several new books on the topic. We will read and discuss the memoir of young JD Vance, which has hit the NYT best- seller list. Moving back in time, we will discuss the mid-20th century experiences of Jeannette Walls. Both Vance and Walls were born and raised in the depths of profound poverty and family dysfunction. Both explore the causes and consequences of being part of the American underclass. Finally, we will revisit the iconic novel, Huck Finn, a troubling and important book, which is written in the vocabulary and syntax of the uneducated son of the town drunk. Each of these books will allow us to examine a part of our American society that has, until recently, been largely ignored.  Books: JD Vance, Hillbilly Elegy, Jeannette Walls, Glass Castle, and Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn


Brecksville United Church of Christ | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, September 19-November 7 | 2-3:30 p.m


Barbara Greenberg, Attorney and Magistrate


There is a continuing conflict between individual rights and those of the community for public safety, security and health and welfare. As well, issues of personal choice are in conflict with the first amendment issues of free speech and religion. The United States Supreme Court has spoken on some issues and others are to be decided. We will look at the areas of most recent concern: technology, public health, and personal and family issues. Our discussions will include a review of decisions from the United States Supreme Court involving these areas and the Bill of Rights which gives us the basis for our right to privacy.   Material: U.S. Bill of Rights


Judson Manor | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >