CRUCIAL POLICY ISSUES FACING THE U.S. – VIRTUAL
September 30, October 1, 6, 7 (Wednesday/Thursday, Tuesday/Wednesday)
NO VIRTUAL SINGLE-SESSION OPTION AVAILABLE
Wednesday, September 30
The Pitfalls for Woke Neoliberalism
In recent years, activists, politicians and public intellectuals have mistakenly attributed postwar liberalism’s failure to redress racial disparities to policymakers’ alleged preference for class-based rather than race-based solutions. While the persistence of racial disparities is undeniable, historian Reed contends the culprit is actually policymakers’ tendency to uncouple racial inequalities from the political-economic forces that generate them – what Reed calls “race reductionism.”
Touré Reed, Professor of History, ISU
Thursday, October 1
What’s Past is Prologue: 90 Years of Trade Disruption
International trade has long been a crucial policy issue for the U.S. Learn about the current trade climate within the historical context of major trade disrupters, including the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930, multilateral cooperation through the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the recent “trade war” with China. She will conclude by considering the COVID-19 pandemic’s implications for international trade moving forward.
Maria Boerngen, Assistant Professor of Agribusiness, Department of Agriculture, ISU
Tuesday, October 6
Who Watches the Watchers? Power, Government and the Dilemma of Governance
Government is profoundly important and profoundly dangerous. A government with power to protect, help and support its community also has power to imprison, destroy and coerce its community. Government policies shape who wins and who loses across a wide array of social, political and economic issues. We all like government when it’s on our side but hate it when it isn’t. The trick is knowing which is which.
Lane Crothers, Professor, Department of Politics and Government, ISU
Wednesday, October 7
Medicare at a Crossroads: Perspectives from a Half-Century of Experience
After a half-century of experience with Medicare, this seems like the right time to take stock of what the program has accomplished, how it has become woven into the fabric of American life, yet also how it faces several critical financial challenges. This class will focus on these issues and will consider what the future of the program could involve.
Greg Shaw, Professor of Political Science, Illinois Wesleyan University