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The United States has seen a recession before.  You may have experienced it yourself in 2008 when homes were foreclosed, banks declared bankruptcy, and people lost their jobs.   In light of Covid-19, an economic recession seems certain. That opens a lot of questions, like: What exactly is a recession, and how will it impact people and our economy? Who makes decisions about our economy? What tools do decision-makers have to deal with a recession?...and many more. Our guest expert will go over…

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The Influence of Oil

May 20 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

We all use oil in some shape or form: in our cars and trucks, in trains and airplanes, for electricity, to heat our homes, in the form of plastics and other chemical products. The power dynamics between countries who produce oil and those who consume it has been a source of tension for decades. Recently, the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia and the crash in the price per barrel of oil has shaken the United States and…

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Hong Kong & China: It’s Complicated

June 30 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join our introduction to Hong Kong and China, where our guest expert will give a jargon-free background and answer your questions. Hong Kong is considered to be part of China, but has a distinctly different form of government. Tensions between the democratizing city and its authoritarian country peaked in 2019 when protesters took to the streets demanding democratic reform after China attempted to use their legal power in Hong Kong. Since 2014, images of packed city streets, tear gas, and…

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Does My Vote Matter?

August 11 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Districting, gerrymandering, electoral college -- find out where (and if) your vote really matters + ask your questions of our guest expert. With this year’s presidential election approaching, voices across the political spectrum are competing and fighting for our votes. But with all kinds of state and local districting, the electoral college, claims of gerrymandering, and a focus on swing states, it's confusing to know how much one vote really matters.In this virtual Civic Series event, we’ll explore questions like:What…

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