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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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Ask an MIT professor your questions about climate change science, policy, and technology. We know you get it: climate change is happening and is impacting Americans now. But we also know you have questions -- and want a straight-forward answer, without the technical details, rhetoric, or hype. Join us for a jargon-free explainer on climate change science with our guest expert, MIT's Prof. Noelle Selin. We'll answer questions like:How bad is climate change, really?What's in store for the future? What…

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