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Dartmouth Live-Stream Event

OLLI at UVM is pleased to offer for the 2nd year a unique Summer livestreaming* lecture series hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth College

 *Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

Government Dysfunction and the Future of Democracy

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, July 12
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Steve Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

America’s democratic institutions are under severe strain. A mere 20% of Americans now trust the federal government to “do the right thing”. This opening session will explore the many forces currently adding to the dysfunction of the nation’s governance systems, from gerrymandering to ballooning undisclosed political spending, social media advertising, fake news, voter restrictions, and the partisan manipulation of legislative procedures. Can traditional democracy survive? Is it possible to have full national sovereignty, “liberty, fraternity, equality”, and globalization simultaneously?
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.


Can We Reverse Inequality?

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, July 19
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Damon Tweedy,Associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health System
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

America has defined itself as an egalitarian meritocracy, where anyone can pursue the “American Dream”. However, social, economic, and educational inequality have grown and become intertwined and deeply rooted in our society. The result: millions of Americans with limited education and low-paying jobs (or no jobs at all), facing a bleak future and creating social instability. Globalization, automation, the demise of labor unions, and possibly the new Tax Reform Act have widened this inequality. In addition, gender inequality persists, with barriers to advancement and harassment and assault behavior still present in the workplace and beyond #MeToo. This session will identify ways these trends might be reversed.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.


Healthcare Issues and Answers

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, July 26
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Kathy Edin, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25 

Two major healthcare challenges facing America in recent years have been the development of the Affordable Care Act and the onset of a raging opioid crisis. Although the ACA has been in effect for almost eight years, it remains highly controversial. It has extended care to millions of Americans, including those with limited means or pre-existing conditions, but has also provoked heated, divisive partisanship. What are the implications, in the new Tax Reform Act, of eliminating the ACA Mandate? The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American history. Death rates from opioid overdoses now surpass those of AIDS during the 1990′s. New, more lethal opioid products keep coming on the market. This session will provide possible solutions to these problems.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.


The Immigration Dilemma

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, August 2
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Steve Yale-Loehr, American law professor at Cornell Law School and immigration law attorney.
Location: Jeffords Hall 112, UVM Campus
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

America’s exceptional status as a nation of immigrants is being challenged by globalization. An anti-immigration sentiment has grown among many Americans, despite the many positive achievements of immigrants in our society. Our nation is divided about what to do about the 10 million illegal immigrants who currently reside in our country, including young Dreamers. What should our national immigration policy be? Meanwhile, overt profiling of immigrants, has become more prevalent. This session will cover all these immigration issues, and probe the overarching question of whether America is on a slippery slope toward isolation or can once again boldly affirm its openness.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.


Tackling Racism

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, August 9
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Senator George Mitchell, American lawyer, businessman, author, and former Senator of Maine
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

153 years after abolishing slavery in 1865, much of America is still a slave to its racist past. The presence of racism – particularly the treatment of black Americans – seems deeply rooted, despite the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts and anti-discrimination laws (including the Supreme Court decision on outlawing “separate but equal” schools). Many Americans don’t wish to recognize that discrimination of blacks continues as an endemic problem. A recent Pew study found a wide gap between black and white opinions on whether blacks are treated unfairly when dealing with the police, the court system, or in the workplace. The result: racial inequality and the near impossibility of many blacks to break the cycle of poverty or avoid being part of the “school dropout-to-prison” pipeline. This session covers this problem and suggests ways to create an environment that promotes justice and healing, while fostering an emerging culture of respect and belonging.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.


How Can We Unite Americans Again?

Register NowInstructor: Susan Dentzer,President and CEO, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation; Senior Policy Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Health Policy Analyst, PBS NewsHour
Meeting Date: Thursday, August 16
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

For many years, predictable social order prevailed in the U.S. However, there is now a rising tide of dug-in polarization due to the rapid growth of minorities and the emergence of fundamental inequalities, resulting in an increasing number of Americans feeling “left behind”. Whenever change happens quickly, there are always loud voices of dissent that want to return to the good old times. This has created a populist furor in America. The more this furor rises, the more our country feels hopelessly divided. This session provides perspective on how America can end the divisiveness that is currently undermining its strength domestically and in the world. Simply stated, how can we unite Americans again? Our future depends on it.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

For a complete listing of all programs, see our listing in a pdf format.


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