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F651 Spring 2019 More Events of Profound Influence

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F651 Spring 2019 More Events of Profound Influence
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 26–Apr. 23, May 7-May 14
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Seven sessions
Fairfax Lord of Life
Coordinators: Steve Canner, Johnnie Hicks
  • Mar. 26: Peacemaking 1919. After the?horrors of World War I, the victorious Allies tried a new approach to international order in 1919 based on moral authority backed by military power and economic supremacy. The major achievement was a redrawn map of Central and Eastern Europe based roughly on self-determination. However, the mandate system of thinly disguised colonialism and conflicting promises and acquisitions in the Middle East sowed the irreconcilable seeds of continuing conflict. Overall, the weakness of the 1919 peace settlement lay in the lack of will by the Allies to enforce it. Bernie Oppel, OLLI member.
  • Apr. 2: Miracle in Philadelphia. How did it happen that the delegates of the Continental Congress came to amend the Articles of Confederation and adjourned with a constitution for a new government? Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University.
  • Apr. 9: The Iranian Revolution. The impact of the revolution on Iran, the United States, and Iran’s position in the Middle East. Shaul Bakhash, George Mason University.
  • Apr. 16: The 2019 Commemoration of the American Evolution. In 1619 the colonists met in the church in Jamestown Island for the first representative government in the New World. Delegate Ken Plum will discuss the event and implications it had for Virginia and for the formation of government in America. Was it the beginning of democracy?  Delegate Plum is one of the founders of OLLI and a popular leader of courses on Virginia’s history and government.  
  • Apr. 23: How Does the Make-Up of the Supreme Court Influence Its Decisions? In the current political and judicial environment, there is a growing backlash to the advances fostered by the civil rights laws of the 1960s. This session will analyze and evaluate the prospective impact of current developments on race and sex discrimination and civil rights. Bob Zener, OLLI member.
  • May 7: Presidential Impeachment  In light of the present public discussion of impeaching the President, we will describe what the Constitution says about impeachment, describe the history of past impeachment attempts, and discuss the legal precedents, with particular attention  to the Supreme Court decisions arising from legal challenges to Presidents Nixon and Clinton.
    Bob Zener, currently an OLLI member, was a lawyer with the Department of Justice who briefed and argued a large number of cases involving discrimination and constitutional law.
  • May 14: Russia and Its Neighbors: The Flashpoint in Relations with the West. Russia’s relations with the United States and western Europe are at a post-Cold War low point, and a major reason is Russia’s aggressive actions in neighboring Georgia and Ukraine. Why have the dreams of a Europe united in peace and respect for the boundaries of each country not been realized? Ambassador Ken Yalowitz, former US Ambassador to Belarus and to Georgia.

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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/26/2019 - 5/14/2019 Weekly - Tue 11:50 AM - 1:15 PM Fairfax, Fairfax Lord of Life Lutheran Church  Map, Room: Sanctuary Stephen Canner  ; Johnnie Hicks  ; Bernard Oppel  ; Ken Plum  ; Bob Zener  ; Kenneth Yalowitz  ; Shaul Bakhash  ; Rosemarie Zagarri 

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