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

February 28, 2019 @ 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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WTF? We’re in a Trade War?

April 25, 2019 @ 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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