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    Syria

    May 1, 2014 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    FREE event on the conflict Syria -- what are the issues, who’s involved, why is it happening, what is the international response, and what are the consequences of intervening?   The 20 minute overview is followed by a 40 minute Q&A and discussion.  Continue the conversation with us informally across the street at The Field, after the event.   The overview will be given by Denis Sullivan, the Director of the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, who is also…

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    Ukraine : Russia

    June 23, 2014 @ 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    What’s going on with Russia & Ukraine?  Why is it happening?  What’s the international response, and what are the consequences of intervening?   Get all your questions answered about this important issue, and discuss with other people curious about what’s going on.   The evening will be a combination of presentation, Q&A and open discussion. The overview will be given by Asbed Kotchikian, Senior Lecturer at Global Studies Department at Bentley University.   ___   The Civic Series is a set of regular events,…

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    Ukraine : Russia (Toronto)

    June 26, 2014 @ 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
    CSI Regent Park, 585 Dundas St E
    Toronto,OntarioM5A 2B7Canada

    What's going on with Russia & Ukraine? Why is it happening? What's the international response, and what are the consequences of intervening? Get all your questions answered about this important issue, and discuss with other people curious about what's going on. The evening will be a combination of presentation, Q&A and open discussion.   The overview will be given by Dr.Taras Kuzio, a Toronto-based leading international expert on contemporary Ukrainian and post-communist politics. www.taraskuzio.net

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    Israel : Palestine

    August 6, 2014 @ 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
    Workbar, 711 Atlantic Avenue
    Boston,MA02111United States

    What’s happening now in the Gaza Strip? Why is there so much conflict in this area? Who is involved? What now?   Get all your questions answered about this important issue, and discuss with other people curious about what's going on.   The evening will be a combination of presentation, Q&A and open discussion. The overview will be given by: Prof. Lenore G. Martin, Ph.D. Professor of Political Science, Emmanuel College Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University Associate, Center…

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    U.S. Criminal Justice System

    August 27, 2014 @ 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM
    Workbar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave
    Boston,MA02111United States

    The percentage of Americans in prison or jail has grown five-fold in the last forty years and is now the highest in the world. In fact, the United States has 5% of the world's population, yet 25% of the incarcerated population.  And yet many question whether or not the U.S. is really a safer place to live.   A majority of the incarcerated population come from poor, minority communities with little schooling.  Among young black men who have dropped out…

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    Climate Change

    January 22, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    Why is this such a complicated and divisive issue? Join us for a review of the science & politics of climate change.  Get a chance to ask questions from an MIT professor who deeply studies climate data, and writes and speaks about the interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations. Overview given by: Noelle Selin Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems and Atmospheric Chemistry MIT Engineering Systems Division & Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences   What questions…

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    North Korea

    February 24, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    What's the deal with North Korea?  How does the country operate? Why is it so isolated from the rest of the world?  What is it like to live there? Join us for a conversation about this (seemingly) mysterious country.  Prof. Sung-Yoon Lee will give an overview of the current situation and how it got to be that way, followed by Q&A and open discussion. Words from Prof. Lee: North Korea is the world’s sole Communist hereditary dynasty; the world’s only literate,…

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    Cuba

    May 4, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    Cuba is the only Communist country in the Western Hemisphere. It lies less than 100 miles from Florida, but seems like a world apart for many of us in the U.S. Now, after decades of diplomatic and cultural isolation, change is on the way. The Obama administration has recently announced an effort to normalize relations between Cuba and the U.S., and has eased travel restrictions to Cuba as part of this effort. How did Cuba get to be so different…

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    Iran Nuclear Deal

    October 1, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    The United States has had an uneasy relationship with Iran ever since the Iranian Revolution over 30 years ago.  In the past two decades, the country has developed nuclear technology, which has many countries -- including the U.S. -- concerned that it could develop nuclear weapons. After many months of difficult negotiations, an international agreement on Iran's nuclear program was reached this year by Iran, the U.S., the European Union and other nations. The agreement, however, was met by opposition…

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    The European Migration Crisis

    November 17, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    According to the International Organization for Migration, almost 600,000 migrants have arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean Sea this year alone, which is only one of the paths that migrants travel to Europe. Resettlement of these migrants has sparked tension in many European countries, causing the urgent need to evaluate current policies in order to accommodate these large numbers of people. What is a migrant? A refugee? An asylum seeker? Where are these migrants coming from? Why are they going…

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    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    February 4, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    The public debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is fierce. Supporters say that GMOs hold great promise for a fast-changing world: food can be made more bountiful and easier to grow and transport.  GMOs could be a vital part of the solution to an ever-increasing global population, world hunger, and climate change. However, critics say that the unintended risks of GMOs could outweigh these benefits: GMOs pose unknown human health and environmental side effects, and there are concerns about the fact that some GM seeds are subject to intellectual…

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    Syria and Refugee Resettlement in Vermont

    March 24, 2016 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    The O’Brien Community Center, 32 Malletts Bay Ave
    Winooski,Vermont05404United States

    President Obama has called for the United States to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. There has been vigorous discussion from politicians and pundits alike as to whether or not we should accept these refugees. Some governors have even said they will ignore orders from the federal government and turn refugees away. In this event, we’ll explore what you need to know to think critically about Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States and in Northern Vermont. What is a migrant? A…

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    Black Lives Matter Movement

    May 4, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    The Black Lives Matter Movement campaigns against violence towards black people in the United States. It started in 2012, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of black teen Trayvon Martin. Since then, a national organization was formed to "(re)build the Black liberation movement".  Protests are regularly organized in its name in response to deaths of black people by law enforcement officers, as well as broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality. There has been much backlash from the movement, including people coining the…

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    The U.S. Election Process

    July 13, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    It's that very special time in the United States: presidential election season. You learned in middle and high school all about delegates and the electoral college, but that was a long time ago. Now that you're a smart, voting-seasoned adult, it doesn't hurt to get a refresher. - Why do we have delegates and super-delegates? - What exactly are caucuses and why do some states have them? - How does the electoral college work -- and does it work like…

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    Brexit

    August 18, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Workbar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave
    Boston,MA02111United States

    Brexit happened: on June 23, 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union.  Many Brits celebrated what they called their Independence Day — freedom from EU rules, fees, and, perhaps most controversially, immigration laws.  While others fear that Brexit will severely damage the British economy and their status as a world powerhouse. What does this mean for the UK, EU and… us? Why was the EU formed, and what’s it purpose? Why was the Brexit referendum was raised…

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    Past, Present & Future of ISIS

    November 30, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Bill’s Bar, 5 Lansdowne St
    Boston,MA02215United States

    Based in Syria & Iraq, the group that calls itself the Islamic State has shocked the world with its violence, modern recruitment techniques, and growth across the Middle East. – Who is ISIS and where did it come from? – What are its goals? How does ISIS relate to Islam? – What is it like to live in the Middle East right now? – IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, Islamic State… what do we call it? – How has the United States…

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    Artificial Intelligence: What is it & where is it taking us?

    December 14, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Workhaus Market, 100 Front St. E.4th Floor
    Toronto,ONM5A 1E1Canada

    Ever wondered how Facebook guesses the friends in your photos? Have you purchased a suggested item from Amazon? Did you know Uber is already using self-driving cars in Pittsburgh? Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and Machine Learning, vaguely understood or noticed by most, is already amongst us in many forms. From cellphone assistants like Siri, to news articles written by software – machines are now able to learn and make decisions with a level of sophistication most of us don’t appreciate. How…

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    The United Nations… uh, what is it, exactly?

    January 12, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    We’ve all heard of the United Nations: it’s an intergovernmental organization that works on issues like world peace, human rights, and food security… but how does it work? What, exactly, is the United Nations?  Is it a world government? What kind of power does it have? Why are some countries a part of the UN and some countries aren’t? Is it successful?  Is global diplomacy working? Get answers to all the questions you’ve had about the United Nations, and meet…

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    Demystifying Bitcoin (now on 3/21)

    March 21, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    Digital currencies, blockchain, bitcoin… is this the future of money? Bitcoin has taken the world by storm.  It is the most successful digital currency, where all transactions happen online in a public ledger powered by its users, with no central authority.  This means it isn't regulated by any government, bank, or corporation.  Even though it's a digital currency, you can use it to buy real things, like gift cards at Amazon and products at Overstock.com... and you used to be able…

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    The U.S. and the International Climate Change Agreement

    April 13, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect Street
    Cambridge,MA02111United States

    Join us for an update and discussion about the United States and its role in addressing climate change. In 2016, 125 countries ratified the Paris Agreement, an international commitment to take action on climate change. President Barack Obama was a huge proponent of the plan, but it's unclear what will happen under President Donald Trump: he has stated that he may pull out of the Agreement, and more recently told the New York Times that he's “looking at it very closely" and…

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    Healthcare Reform in America 101

    April 26, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    We know... healthcare reform is complicated. This is why we've brought together two American healthcare policy experts to help us understand it.  We'll unpack the major issues regarding health reform and insurance, and discuss existing and proposed approaches to creating affordable access to healthcare in the U.S. In this session, we'll: Break down the top health policy dilemmas and major health insurance reforms currently being debated in Congress Unpack the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) and the GOP’s “repeal and replace” proposals…

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    Online Dating: Is It Changing Relationships?

    June 8, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Workhaus Market, 100 Front St. E.4th Floor
    Toronto,ONM5A 1E1Canada

    Relationships are central to how society works. Researchers are increasingly coming to understand how social connection is woven deeply into the fabric of the human experience. Recently more attention has been paid to modern relationships, changing dating landscapes thanks to technology, and even to the phenomenon of singlehood-driven anxiety. Many people from Aziz Ansari to Helen Fisher and Esther Perel have published books on attraction, courtship, and love. Despite all of this, most individuals aren't well informed on how relationships…

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    What’s the Deal with North Korea?

    June 15, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    North Korea is a global anomaly -- it is the world’s only Communist dynasty; the world’s only industrialized economy to have suffered a famine during a time of peace; and the world’s largest military (in terms of manpower and defense spending proportional to population and national income).  The country has been making headlines for years for its bold displays of military strength, and recently launched missile tests in close proximity to U.S. allies, South Korea and Japan. Join us to…

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    Net Neutrality -_-?

    September 19, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Cloud City, 101 Main Street14th Floor
    Cambridge,MA02142United States

    Come get your questions answered about net neutrality! Seats are limited, so sign up ASAP on Eventbrite, and enjoy both **FREE ICE CREAM** and the answers to questions like...   - What is net neutrality...really? - Who are the major players and what are their agendas? What's at stake for corporations, the federal government, and individual users? - What are the implications for the very real possibility that the FCC is going to kill net neutrality in the next several…

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    Demystifying Interest Rates

    September 21, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Workhaus Market, 100 Front Street East4th Floor
    Toronto,ONM5A 1E1Canada

    What’s this Bank of Canada rate hike about? How does it affect me? The Fed? What’s the Fed? Why is everyone in the finance world always talking about the Fed? I want me a house. Fixed vs. Variable interest rates? What’s the difference? Credit Card interest rates be crazy? Why they be so crazy? Credit Investing: lending money to governments and corporations. What??? You can do that??? Come join us for our third free talk in Toronto to discuss the…

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    The Art of Disagreeing (aka Breaking Through ​Gridlock​)

    October 11, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    General Assembly, 125 Summer Street - 13th Floor
    Boston,MA02110United States

    Think about the last time you tried to talk with someone about politics or social issues who didn’t already agree with you. How well did it go? It’s getting harder and harder for us to have productive conversations about social issues that matter the most to us, which is widening the gap between Americans and ruining Thanksgiving dinners. (Unfortunately, Adele can’t fix everything). This will be a free, two-hour workshop. Registration is required. Hang out after the event for drinks, snacks,…

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    Demystifying ISIS

    November 14, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    WeWork Austin, 600 Congress Street
    Austin,TX78701United States

    ISIS is one of the most high-profile terrorist organizations worldwide. But what exactly is ISIS?  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has been an important part of US and international political discourse -- especially in the last five years. ISIS has claimed responsibility for several terrorist attacks abroad and was a contentious issue in the most recent US presidential election. We want to help you get…

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    How Housing Works

    November 15, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect Street
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    Everyone has experienced the strains of our current housing landscape in Boston. Talking about the cost of housing or observing how the neighborhood has changed is practically the Bostonian version of small talk about the weather. But how did we get here? And how can the city move forward to best serve current and future residents? With expert panelists Shelly Goehring, Program Manager for Community Assistance at Mass. Housing Partnership, and Stantec architect Aeron Hodges, we'll cover it all: -How…

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    Sexual Assault & Consent: Tough conversations, challenging coverage

    January 31, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    WeWork Mass Ave., 625 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge,MA02139United States

    Sex, consent, sexual assault and harassment. Not the easiest topics to discuss even in private conversation, let alone in broader public discourse. We wouldn't be Civic Series, though, if we didn't broach the topics that we're seeing debated - sometimes problematically - in the news, and perhaps also finding difficult to discuss in our own lives. So after a troubling end to 2017, we're kicking off 2018 by diving into the tough topic of sexual assault. We'll be joined by…

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    Fake News, Alternative Facts, Post-Truth, the new normal?

    February 27, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    WeWork, 33 Bloor St
    Toronto,ONM4W 3H1Canada

    What's up for discussion at Toronto's first 2018 event? Society’s bizarre relationship with facts What do you mean? In case you missed it, this happened in the last two years: We came up with a term for made up stuff: Alternative Facts Countries meddled with each other's elections through: Fake News The combination of the two are said to have given birth to: Post-truth Wait what!? Yep, and now we are wondering: How are we to debate issues if we can’t…

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    Tax Reform: What do I need to know?

    March 27, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Boston University School of Law- Barrister’s Hall, 765 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston,MA02215United States

    The tax bill was a big deal. But how much do you know about it? As an issue that effects our work, our nonprofits, and our paychecks, this is a terrific opportunity to get your questions answered. What will tax reform mean in the future, especially given long-term considerations like environmental and social impacts? How can we as informed and impact-oriented folks effectively engage with this topic? What shifts will there be for corporations, public services, and individuals? Add your own…

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    Indigenous Languages in Canada 101

    April 26, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Mozilla Lounge, 366 Adelaide St WestSuite 500 (5th floor)
    Toronto,ONM5V 1R9Canada

    Did you know that... Languages are disappearing every day in the world and Canada is no exception? Civic Series takes a closer look We invite you to think about: What is Canada's history and present situation with respect to Indigenous languages? What advantages and disadvantages come with being an Indigenous language speaker in Canada? What is language erosion and does it matter? Where are Indigenous languages heading in Canada? What should we expect from measures like Canada's Indigenous Languages Act?…

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    Autonomous Vehicles + City Streets: Greenways or Gridlock?

    May 3, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Boston Society of Architects (BSA), 290 Congress StreetSuite 200
    Boston,MA02210United States

    We have all seen autonomous vehicles in the news quite a bit lately. Do they make you nervous? Or are you counting the days until they are deployed? Either way, the effect they will have on our cities and streets will be huge. On one hand, autonomous vehicles may bring new opportunities as a more efficient form of transportation and less people traveling. On the other hand, if everyone has their own autonomous vehicle we may face even worse gridlock. …

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    Solutions Open Mic & Happy Hour

    May 30, 2018 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Do you have a creative solution to one of Philadelphia’s challenges? Do you have a challenge in need of a solution? Civic Series is partnering with the Philadelphia Citizen to give you the mic for 3 minutes to pitch your idea to our community of doers, disruptors, and members. Last month, we heard ideas around litter, food recovery, minority access and criminal justice. This month, who knows? Let the change makers of Philly hear your thoughts and ideas for a better…

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    Unpacking Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    June 6, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    WeWork Austin – Downtown, 600 Congress Street
    Austin,TX78701United States

    In the past year, conversations about sexual harassment in the workplace have come to the forefront. Empowered by the #MeToo movement, more and more people are discussing sexual assault, consent, and how to have a safe work environment. Join Civic Series and Maggie Campbell, Title IX Deputy and Education Coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin, who will guide us through an activity in boundary setting and share strategies for sexual misconduct prevention, identification, and intervention in the workplace.…

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    Human Tracking: online profiling in the physical world

    August 23, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Mozilla Lounge, 366 Adelaide St West, Suite 500
    Toronto,ONM5V 1R9Canada

    There are digital eyes and ears trying to track the physical world the way we track the digital one. Cameras, microphones, lasers, and antennas are claimed to make our lives better and more efficient. These sensors are getting smaller, cheaper, ever-more powerful, and are making it possible to track things we could never track before at unprecedented scales.   Did you know that… Facial recognition is being used in mall kiosks for demographic analysis of shoppers, and is being considered as a replacement for traditional…

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    Russia & the U.S.: It’s Complicated

    September 12, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Indy Hall, 399 Market St #360 (Colonial Penn building)
    Philadelphia,PA19106United States

    Russia is a major world power that the U.S. government tries to cooperate with, but lately the relationship has gotten, well, complicated. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration invaded Crimea (a penninsula in neighboring Ukraine) in 2014, meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections by spreading fake news through social media, and currently supplies weapons to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, whom the U.S. accuses of killing his own people. So... now what? Join Civic Series as we help you wrap your head…

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    Demystifying Lobbying

    October 9, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    WeWork Beacon Hill, 1 Beacon Street
    Boston,MA02108United States

    American citizens are granted a number of rights in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, including free speech and the ability to “petition the government for redress of grievances” -- this is lobbying. Advocating for a specific idea, topic, or cause--whether to a local or federal elected official--is something most of us will do at some point in our lives. And this relationship is two-way: elected officials rely on active, knowledgeable citizens to keep them abreast of specific issues. For better…

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    What’s the Deal with North Korea?

    October 17, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Indy Hall, 399 Market St #360
    Philadelphia,PA19106United States

    North Korea is confusing. It's a communist country that pretty much keeps its windows shut to the rest of the world. Citizens don't have basic rights like freedom of speech (earning it one of the top spots on Human Rights Watch's list of most repressive countries). Their eccentric leader, Kim Jong Un, has a funny haircut and loves Dennis Rodman. Oh, and they occasionally threaten war on the U.S. and other countries by launching nuclear weapon tests in our direction.  Uhh... not cool. But why is North Korea…

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    Government Mass Surveillance in Canada: law, policy and reality

    October 18, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Mozilla Lounge, 366 Adelaide St WestSuite 500 (5th floor)
    Toronto,ONM5V 1R9Canada

    Canadian privacy, protected since the 70s... right? Real-time electronic surveillance in Canada is, since laws passed in the 1970s, supposed to be subject to strict accountability standards. Today, government agencies use a range of technologies to conduct mass surveillance that just a few decades ago would seem like science fiction: phones can be invisibly tracked in real-time; our location histories are available going back years; malware can be used to hack into our cars, phones, or computers. Citizens and legislators should…

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    Why aren’t we moving? An inside look at the MBTA.

    November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Alley powered by Verizon, 10 Ware St
    Cambridge,MA02138United States

    You are on your way to work when the train comes to a screeching halt. Or maybe your train has been replaced by shuttle service once again. Perhaps, the board says your train is one minute away and ten minutes later you're still standing on the platform. Public transportation can drive us crazy while also being a significantly better option than braving Boston traffic. We longingly admire European cities transit and wonder why can't Boston do the same?!  At our…

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    Online Shopping: Friend or foe?

    December 3, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Alley powered by Verizon, 10 Ware St
    Cambridge,MA02138United States

    Advances in technology have revolutionized the way we shop. Instead of prowling the mall, hailing cabs, and perusing produce sections, from the comfort of our home we push a button and goods appear. Yet the changes in the retail landscape are far from linear. Just when we thought the future was online, Amazon launched brick-and-mortar stores. Data security issues at Facebook and elsewhere have us rethinking which desires we divulge online. And scandals at Uber remind us that disruptive digital…

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    Why is Higher Education SO Expensive?

    January 23 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway
    Cambridge,MA02138United States

    The minimum for a job used to be a high school education. Today, the expectations of a job seeker likely start with a bachelors degree and might require additional advanced degrees and certifications. Additionally, the pressure, the prep, and the planning to even be admitted to college and university can be a job in of itself. Upon being accepted, it becomes a puzzle of financial analysis to understand how tuition, room and board, books, and living expenses will all be covered…

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    Personal Genetics: Power to the People or Buyer Beware?

    February 12 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    American Rhino, 4 South Market Street1st Floor
    Boston,MA02129United States

    ***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW*** The field of genetics has advanced so rapidly that it’s no longer necessary to go to the doctor for a basic mapping of your DNA. With less than $100 and a simple swab you can be tested for specific diseases, learn your genetic makeup, and see your family tree. We’re all curious to understand where we came from and what we’re made up of! However, this easy access to information doesn’t mean…

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    Breaking Through Gridlock: How to have difficult conversations in a polarized country

    February 28 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Indy Hall Co-Working Space, 399 Market Street (Colonial Penn Building)Third floor, suite #360
    Philadelphia,PA19106United States

    Think about the last time you tried to talk with someone about politics or social issues who didn’t already agree with you. How well did it go? It’s getting harder and harder for us to have productive conversations about social issues that matter the most to us, which is widening the gap between Americans and ruining Thanksgiving dinners.  (Unfortunately, Adele can’t fix everything.) Civic Series is a public event series to help adults learn and talk about the most critical issues of our time, like North Korea, Israel-Palestine, racial…

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    Nationalism: Here, There, and Everywhere?

    March 13 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Boston Athenaeum, 10 ½ Beacon St
    Boston,MA02108United States

    The President of the United States declared himself a nationalist and joined an increasing number of far-right leaders in Russia, Germany, Brazil, and Turkey. For the last two decades, the focus of cooperation and globalization has helped grow economies and bring prosperity to most, but clearly not all. As countries start to build diplomatic barriers against each other, decades-old global relationships are dissolving and across the world power is shifting toward isolationism and new allegiances are being formed. Join us…

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    What’s the Deal with Gentrification in Austin?

    March 26 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St Suite 1600
    Austin,TX78701United States

    Every up and coming city hears the same refrain - gentrification is spreading. New York saw it transform neighborhood after neighborhood, from SoHo to the East Village to Brooklyn. For the past decade, we've seen a similar movement in Austin. Recent reports suggest about 150 people move to Austin every day. This, in turn, leads to more food trucks, coffee shops, breweries, etc. What does gentrification mean for the city as a whole? Is it a force aligned with improving…

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    Cannabis 101: Molecules, Markets, … Mayhem?

    April 24 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    HI Boston, 19 Stuart Street
    Boston,MA02116United States

    In 2016, Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana. We wanted laws that empower disenfranchised communities and grow a healthy stream of taxes. But not all of our dreams came true. Now that stores are opening, many of us are wondering about weed… What are cannabinoids and terpenes? Why are stores taking so long to open? Is it really legal? Why is my mom using it? How do I open a pot shop? What about driver safety? What about the environment?…

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    WTF? We’re in a Trade War?

    April 25 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Indy Hall, 399 Market Street#360
    Philadelphia,PA19106United States

    Turn on the news and you'll likely see a headline warning about the consequences of a trade war. But what exactly is a trade war and how does it get fought? Who wins? Who loses? And who the heck are we fighting? If you have similar questions, Professor Alexandra Guisinger has your answers. Literally, she wrote the book on it, American Opinion on Trade: Preferences Without Politics. Join us as she explains what a trade war is and how it…

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    Exploring America's Gun Culture

    Exploring America’s Gun Culture

    May 14 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Beacon Hill Friends House, 6 Chestnut Street
    Boston,MA02108United States

    A quick glance at headlines is enough to tell us that America's relationship with guns is different from the rest of the world. Although gun laws and lobbyists are only pieces of a much larger puzzle, when assembled, it's clear we have a problem with reconciling the 2nd Amendment and gun violence. What are we overlooking? Let's take a closer look at gun culture from a sociological perspective to hopefully answer some of these questions: - Why do some Americans…

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    Is the Machine Dead? The Future of Chicago Politics

    June 19 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Industrious Chicago River North, 320 West Ohio Street, #3w
    Chicago,IL60654United States

    Is the Machine Dead? The Future of Chicago Politics In 2019, Chicagoans were given many choices for their next mayor. That contest resulted in the landslide election of one of the most unlikely mayors the city has ever seen. Lori Lightfoot was distinguished among her fellow candidates not just because of the historic nature of her candidacy as a black, openly gay woman, but because she was seen as well outside the control and favor of Chicago’s infamous “machine” politics.…

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