History in the Making: How Will We Remember the Year 2020?
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Some years act as the hinges of history; they are the pivots, years so momentous that they become the defining point when everything changed, as the Past became the Future. Marked as it is by pandemic, economic crisis and massive social protest, will 2020 be one of those years? Join four distinguished area speakers as they consider the historic legacy of the year that is soon coming to a close.
November 3: Duchess Harris on the Legacy of George Floyd
Minneapolis caught the attention of the world during the first weeks of June this year, but will those tragic events bring about lasting change? Duchess Harris is chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College.
November 10: Richard Painter on the Political Consequences of a Pandemic
How will COVID-19 shape our political future as a nation? Richard Painter is the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota. He previously served as the US President’s chief ethics lawyer during the George W. Bush administration.
November 17: Ed Lotterman on the Economic Roller-coaster of 2020
Join economics writer Ed Lotterman for a first look at the history of the eventful year 2020. What will the economic legacy of this year be?
Ed Lotterman writes the "Real World Economics" column for the Pioneer Press. He has taught economics at the college level and enjoys explaining "the dismal science" to non-economists.
November 24: Peter Bell on the Conservative View of a Year of Crisis
Conservative thinker Peter Bell examines the background, assumptions and implications of some of the most controversial ideas contributing to the polarization of our current political conversation. Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, you’ll be interested in Bell’s thoughtful analysis.
Peter Bell is the former Chair of the Metropolitan Council and a frequent media contributor to the Star Tribune as well as public television and radio.
This series is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of MN with the financial support of the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries.
This is an online class offered remotely using Zoom communication software. After registration, participants will receive an email from the library approximately three days prior to class with additional instructions including a link (or URL) that will be used as an invitation to enter the online class. If registering within 72 hours of class start time, expect to receive an email with the instructions and link the morning of the event.