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The Influence of Oil

May 20, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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Understanding the Healthcare Debate

November 18, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Understand the fundamental disagreements that drive the U.S. healthcare debate & get your questions answered by our guest expert. When it comes to discussing healthcare policy in the United States, things heat up real fast. It can seem that the left and the right have almost completely different views on how the U.S. should structure our healthcare system: many Democrats praise the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) and are seeking to expand it, while many Republicans call it unconstitutional…

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