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21 Day Equity Challenge (Online + Livestream)— 2021-10-11 through  2021-10-29$25— OnlineView Details

Online portion: 3 weeks, Oct. 11-31; Livestream portion: 3 Fri., Oct. 15-29, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Learning how to navigate diversity, equity, and inclusion starts in the home. The conversations we have with family and friends are key to how we grow as a society and develop our ability to build dynamic and rich relationships with others. But, it is not always an easy conversation to have, or even to start. In this 21 Day Equity Challenge, created by the United Way, participants will receive, via email, a daily prompt with readings to guide their growth in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This is a perfect tool to use both individually, or with family and friends over a meal. On the Friday of each of the three weeks, a virtual room will be open for participants to reflect and talk with each other on the week's readings with facilitation by Interculturalist, Brett Sinclair. Northern Michigan E3 has partially underwritten the cost of this class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 47. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424561032
Arms Control and the Military-Industrial Complex (Face to Face)— 2021-11-12 through  2021-11-12$65— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., (break for lunch on your own Noon-1 p.m.), Scholars Hall Auditorium Rm. 217. For half a century, arms control agreements have helped manage the arms race, been a platform for superpower communications, and a barometer of global stability. But recently the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the Open Skies Treaty, and the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty have been virtually abandoned. Explore how arms manufacturers in the U.S., Russia and China are creating new weapons that are designed to violate the remaining agreements. Strategic parity that has prevented nuclear war since the 1950s is being replaced by destabilizing attempts to achieve 'strategic dominance.' Instructor Jack Segal helped negotiate the START Treaty and the Nuclear Risk Reduction Agreement and, in Moscow, he supervised implementation of those and other agreements from 1993-1995. At the White House he served as NSC Director for Non-Proliferation from 1998-2000.

  • Seats available: Approximately 24. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424558505
China: Friend or Foe? (Face to Face)— 2021-10-28 through  2021-11-18$75— Face to FaceView Details

4 Thurs., Oct. 28-Nov. 18, 2-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 209. Over the past several years, we have been encouraged to believe that China is a current and/or potential threat to our way of life. Is this true, false, or somewhere in between? This will be the focus question after discussing the past, present and possible future of China and its relationship to the U.S. There will be readings prior to each session, which will be used to begin our discussions.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563067
Coffee Chats: Citizens and Climate Change (Livestream)— 2021-10-22 through  2021-10-22$10— LivestreamView Details

Fri., Oct. 22, 10-11 a.m. Traverse City's Elizabeth Dell began volunteering with Citizens' Climate Lobby in 2013 and then became a Regional Coordinator in 2016, supporting volunteers in over 80 CCL chapters in the midwest. Learn how this non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization affects national policies to address climate change solutions. Elizabeth will discuss recent accomplishments, goals and activities of CCL as a whole, and details on the Grand Traverse Area chapter. This Coffee Chat begins with an interview of the speaker followed by a live zoom session to continue the conversation. You are invited to participate during the live Q and A portion if you choose.

  • Seats available: Approximately 97. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424562921
Coffee Chats: Solar Power Past and Future (Livestream)— 2021-11-05 through  2021-11-05$10— LivestreamView Details

Fri., Nov. 5, 10-11 a.m. Efficiency, reliability, cost-effectiveness. Solar technology can be complex. Local expert Bill Queen will illuminate the fine points of site requirements, dealing with shade, and getting the most out of today's solar power generation options. Learn about the history of solar power and where the tech is headed in the future. This Coffee Chat begins with an interview of the speaker followed by a live zoom session to continue the conversation. You are invited to participate during the live Q and A portion if you choose.

  • Seats available: Approximately 95. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563222
Coffee Chats: Transportation and Housing Issues (Livestream)— 2021-11-19 through  2021-11-19$10— LivestreamView Details

Fri., Nov. 19, 10-11 a.m. How do communities create affordable housing? Then, how do you get from home to work, from point A to B and back again? How does development affect traffic congestion? Learn about the interlinked challenges of transportation and housing issues, and explore current initiatives with Tyler Bevier, transportation planner for Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) and Yarrow Brown, executive director of Housing North. This Coffee Chat begins with an interview of the speakers followed by a live zoom session to continue the conversation. You are invited to participate during the live Q and A portion if you choose.

  • Seats available: Approximately 97. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424557435
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2021 - Part 1 (Face to Face)— 2021-09-29 through  2021-10-20$59— Face to FaceView Details

Part 1: 4 Wed., Sept. 29-Oct. 20, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions 2021 Briefing Book, published by the Foreign Policy Association, is the primary resource. 2021 topics include: The role of international organizations in a Global Pandemic; Global supply chains and national security; China and Africa; Korean Peninsula; Persian Gulf Security; Brexit and the European Union; The fight over the melting Arctic; and the End of Globalization? The guide materials provide thought-provoking analysis complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either 4-week segment. Text required; order your book or e-book at fpa.org. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424813137
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2021 - Part 2 (Face to Face)— 2021-10-27 through  2021-11-17$59— Face to FaceView Details

Part 2: 4 Wed., Oct. 27-Nov. 17, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions 2021 Briefing Book, published by the Foreign Policy Association, is the primary resource. 2021 topics include: The role of international organizations in a Global Pandemic; Global supply chains and national security; China and Africa; Korean Peninsula; Persian Gulf Security; Brexit and the European Union; The fight over the melting Arctic; and the End of Globalization? The guide materials provide thought-provoking analysis complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either 4-week segment. Text required; order your book or e-book at fpa.org. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424813480
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2021 - Parts 1&2 (Face to Face)— 2021-09-29 through  2021-11-17$109— Face to FaceView Details

Parts 1 and 2: 8 Wed., Sept. 29-Nov. 17, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions 2021 Briefing Book, published by the Foreign Policy Association, is the primary resource. 2021 topics include: The role of international organizations in a Global Pandemic; Global supply chains and national security; China and Africa; Korean Peninsula; Persian Gulf Security; Brexit and the European Union; The fight over the melting Arctic; and the End of Globalization? The guide materials provide thought-provoking analysis complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either 4-week segment. Text required; order your book or e-book at fpa.org. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424813489
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerHistory of the Anishinabek (Livestream)— 2021-09-20 through  2021-09-27$55— LivestreamView Details

2 Mon., Sept. 20 and 27, 10 a.m.-Noon. The history of our region gets its roots from the Anishinabek who settled here many thousands of years before Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Northport or other towns were established. But what do we know of these people and their influences on the region? Join JoAnne Cook, former Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Tribal Council member, as she shares the history of the Anishinabek people from the Grand Traverse Region. The Odawa is one of the 3 Fires Confederacy (Odawa, Ojibwe, and Bodawatomi) in Michigan. JoAnne believes tradition and culture are vital to the Anishinabek way of life and highlights her learning of the Odawa people. Learn about the native culture with teaching, philosophy and stories, and discover cultural changes that have evolved over time.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424556491
How Vaccines are Made (Face to Face)— 2021-10-20 through  2021-10-20$29— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 204. Join Dr. Salah Qutaishat, consultant in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology, as he describes the basic methodology of vaccine production. Learn about the immune system and how the human body defends itself against foreign invaders. In addition, Dr. Qutaishat will address some of the misconceptions associated with strengthening the immune system and avoiding vaccines.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424562885
Intercultural Communication (Livestream)— 2021-10-26 through  2021-10-26$29— LivestreamView Details

Tues., Oct. 26, 10-11:30 a.m. Behavior is what we do. Culture is how we do it. The goal of Intercultural Communication is to learn how to identify what makes up your own personal cultural identity as well as what makes up that of others. It is from knowing this that we are able to have the capacity for rich communication between people and groups. Over the course of this 90 minute session, participants will learn what is Intercultural Communication, how to map their own cultural identity, and will build tools to have more effective exchanges with others and groups.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563021
Intro to Buddhism (Livestream)— 2021-09-30 through  2021-09-30$35— LivestreamView Details

Thurs., Sept. 30, 6-8:30 p.m. Looking to gain an understanding of Buddhism? Join Sarah Montgomery-Richards, an educator in Comparative Religion with an M.A. in Interfaith Action, to explore the basics of Buddhism. Heighten your interest in world religions, and gain a general knowledge of history, beliefs and practices within Buddhism. Learn to think critically, and apply tools and techniques to understand this rich religion, while recognizing the importance of studying comparative religion.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424557423
Intro to Hinduism (Livestream)— 2021-11-04 through  2021-11-04$35— LivestreamView Details

Thurs., Nov. 4, 6-8:30 p.m. Looking to gain an understanding of Hinduism? Join Sarah Montgomery-Richards, an educator in Comparative Religion with an M.A. in Interfaith Action, to explore the basics of Hinduism. Spur your interest in world religions and some of the incredible traditions that make up Hinduism. Learn to think critically, and apply tools and techniques to understand this rich religion. Recognize the importance of studying comparative religion as it relates to Hinduism, and gain a general knowledge of history, beliefs and practices within Hinduism.

  • Seats available: Approximately 37. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563211
Intro to Islam (Livestream)— 2021-10-21 through  2021-10-21$35— LivestreamView Details

Thurs., Oct. 21, 6-8:30 p.m. Looking to gain an understanding of Islam? Join Sarah Montgomery-Richards, an educator in Comparative Religion with an M.A. in Interfaith Action, to explore the basics of Islam. Heighten your interest in world religions, and gain a general knowledge of history, beliefs and practices within Islam. Learn to think critically, and apply tools and techniques to understand this rich religion, while recognizing the importance of studying comparative religion.

  • Seats available: Approximately 38. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424562916
Israel/Palestine - Destined to Fail? (Livestream)— 2021-11-09 through  2021-11-16$65— LivestreamView Details

2 Tues., Nov. 9 and 16, 10 a.m.-Noon. The wars between Israel and its Arab neighbors have been subdued. But the conflicts between Israel and the Palestinians seem farther from resolution than ever. On the first day, we'll review the history of how Israel came into existence and its emergence in 1967 as the regional superpower. We'll touch on the wars in 1973 against Arab state armies, in 1982 against the PLO, in 1991 against Iraq, and thereafter between the Israel and other various terrorist organizations. On the second day, we'll focus on how fifty-five years of occupation and violence have driven the Israelis and the Arabs apart and how both sides' internal politics are undermining the remaining hope for a settlement. Instructor, Jack Segal, was Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv from 1988-91.

  • Seats available: Approximately 34. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563260
Putin's Russia - The Challenge for the Biden Administration (Face to Face)— 2021-11-02 through  2021-11-02$35— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-Noon, Scholars Hall Auditorium Rm. 217. A Biden-Putin Summit in June. Russian Parliamentary elections in September. Heightened political repression within Russia. And continuing U.S.-Russian competition in Asia, Europe and now even the Arctic. What can we expect or hope for from U.S. relations with Russia under Putin and Biden? Catch up on the latest developments with Karen Puschel Segal and Jack Segal, former Russia experts at the State Department.

  • Seats available: Approximately 29. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563183
Religion in the Public Sphere (Livestream) — 2021-11-11 through  2021-11-11$35— LivestreamView Details

Thurs., Nov. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. Are you interested in the ways in which different orientations around religion impact our world today? According to the Interfaith Youth Core, 'In a time of global religious conflict when issues of religious identity are headlining the nightly news, our religious diversity can either be a source of conflict or an opportunity for cooperation. From Baghdad to Jerusalem to Manhattan, religion matters in the world today.' Join Sarah Montgomery-Richards, an educator in Comparative Religion with an M.A. in Interfaith Action, to explore religion in the public sphere. Consider the work of The Harvard Pluralism Project and the growing Interfaith movement as we discuss topics and case studies related to religion as it lives and breathes in the world.

  • Seats available: Approximately 39. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424559470
Science and Disinformation: Finding the Truth! (Face to Face)— 2021-11-10 through  2021-11-10$29— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 204. There are three sides to each story. What do people mean when they say, 'I did my research.' Join Dr. Salah Qutaishat, certified in infection control (CIC) and a fellow of the society of healthcare epidemiology of America (FSHEA), to explore these different perspectives around science, disinformation and finding the truth. This class will describe the scientific approach to validating information and strengthening knowledge. It will also provide examples of how misinformation is generated and spread.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424562900
The First Amendment: Free Speech and Religion (Face to Face)— 2021-10-12 through  2021-11-02$99— Face to FaceView Details

4 Tues., Oct. 12-Nov. 2, 2-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. The First Amendment to the Constitution states that 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech' But what does that mean, exactly? Where does the free speech of one person or group conflict with the sensibilities or protections of another? What about hate speech? Antiwar protests? When does the free exercise of religious beliefs effectively constitute the establishment of religion? We know that debates and controversy rage on issues that touch our deeply held religious and/or philosophical beliefs, such as abortion, war, sexual preferences, vaccinations, whether to preserve certain war memorials, etc. Together, we will discuss the scope of these First Amendment freedoms and cover some of the key U.S. Supreme court decisions on these issues. There will be some reading materials and be prepared for lively class discussions.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424812800
The History of Pandemics (Face to Face)— 2021-09-29 through  2021-09-29$29— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 07. Explore the history of pandemics, from Polio, AIDS, Smallpox, Spanish Flu, Ebola, and finally SARS-Cov-2. Learn how the world has dealt with different pandemics throughout history. The big question is, 'what did we learn from these horrible experiences?' Each of these pandemics may look unique on the surface, but with a closer examination, you'll find some interesting similarities. Dr. Salah Qutaishat spent the past three decades studying mechanisms of infectious disease transmission. Dr. Qutaishat will share his first-hand experience with common scientific, political, and most importantly, human behavior factors that allowed these pandemics to spread and cause high morbidity and mortality.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424557394
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerHistory of the Anishinabek (Livestream)— 2021-09-20 through  2021-09-27$55— LivestreamView Details

2 Mon., Sept. 20 and 27, 10 a.m.-Noon. The history of our region gets its roots from the Anishinabek who settled here many thousands of years before Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Northport or other towns were established. But what do we know of these people and their influences on the region? Join JoAnne Cook, former Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Tribal Council member, as she shares the history of the Anishinabek people from the Grand Traverse Region. The Odawa is one of the 3 Fires Confederacy (Odawa, Ojibwe, and Bodawatomi) in Michigan. JoAnne believes tradition and culture are vital to the Anishinabek way of life and highlights her learning of the Odawa people. Learn about the native culture with teaching, philosophy and stories, and discover cultural changes that have evolved over time.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424556491
The History of Pandemics (Face to Face)— 2021-09-29 through  2021-09-29$29— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 07. Explore the history of pandemics, from Polio, AIDS, Smallpox, Spanish Flu, Ebola, and finally SARS-Cov-2. Learn how the world has dealt with different pandemics throughout history. The big question is, 'what did we learn from these horrible experiences?' Each of these pandemics may look unique on the surface, but with a closer examination, you'll find some interesting similarities. Dr. Salah Qutaishat spent the past three decades studying mechanisms of infectious disease transmission. Dr. Qutaishat will share his first-hand experience with common scientific, political, and most importantly, human behavior factors that allowed these pandemics to spread and cause high morbidity and mortality.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424557394
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2021 - Part 1 (Face to Face)— 2021-09-29 through  2021-10-20$59— Face to FaceView Details

Part 1: 4 Wed., Sept. 29-Oct. 20, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions 2021 Briefing Book, published by the Foreign Policy Association, is the primary resource. 2021 topics include: The role of international organizations in a Global Pandemic; Global supply chains and national security; China and Africa; Korean Peninsula; Persian Gulf Security; Brexit and the European Union; The fight over the melting Arctic; and the End of Globalization? The guide materials provide thought-provoking analysis complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either 4-week segment. Text required; order your book or e-book at fpa.org. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424813137
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2021 - Parts 1&2 (Face to Face)— 2021-09-29 through  2021-11-17$109— Face to FaceView Details

Parts 1 and 2: 8 Wed., Sept. 29-Nov. 17, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions 2021 Briefing Book, published by the Foreign Policy Association, is the primary resource. 2021 topics include: The role of international organizations in a Global Pandemic; Global supply chains and national security; China and Africa; Korean Peninsula; Persian Gulf Security; Brexit and the European Union; The fight over the melting Arctic; and the End of Globalization? The guide materials provide thought-provoking analysis complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either 4-week segment. Text required; order your book or e-book at fpa.org. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424813489
Intro to Buddhism (Livestream)— 2021-09-30 through  2021-09-30$35— LivestreamView Details

Thurs., Sept. 30, 6-8:30 p.m. Looking to gain an understanding of Buddhism? Join Sarah Montgomery-Richards, an educator in Comparative Religion with an M.A. in Interfaith Action, to explore the basics of Buddhism. Heighten your interest in world religions, and gain a general knowledge of history, beliefs and practices within Buddhism. Learn to think critically, and apply tools and techniques to understand this rich religion, while recognizing the importance of studying comparative religion.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424557423
21 Day Equity Challenge (Online + Livestream)— 2021-10-11 through  2021-10-29$25— OnlineView Details

Online portion: 3 weeks, Oct. 11-31; Livestream portion: 3 Fri., Oct. 15-29, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Learning how to navigate diversity, equity, and inclusion starts in the home. The conversations we have with family and friends are key to how we grow as a society and develop our ability to build dynamic and rich relationships with others. But, it is not always an easy conversation to have, or even to start. In this 21 Day Equity Challenge, created by the United Way, participants will receive, via email, a daily prompt with readings to guide their growth in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This is a perfect tool to use both individually, or with family and friends over a meal. On the Friday of each of the three weeks, a virtual room will be open for participants to reflect and talk with each other on the week's readings with facilitation by Interculturalist, Brett Sinclair. Northern Michigan E3 has partially underwritten the cost of this class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 47. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424561032
The First Amendment: Free Speech and Religion (Face to Face)— 2021-10-12 through  2021-11-02$99— Face to FaceView Details

4 Tues., Oct. 12-Nov. 2, 2-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. The First Amendment to the Constitution states that 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech' But what does that mean, exactly? Where does the free speech of one person or group conflict with the sensibilities or protections of another? What about hate speech? Antiwar protests? When does the free exercise of religious beliefs effectively constitute the establishment of religion? We know that debates and controversy rage on issues that touch our deeply held religious and/or philosophical beliefs, such as abortion, war, sexual preferences, vaccinations, whether to preserve certain war memorials, etc. Together, we will discuss the scope of these First Amendment freedoms and cover some of the key U.S. Supreme court decisions on these issues. There will be some reading materials and be prepared for lively class discussions.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424812800
How Vaccines are Made (Face to Face)— 2021-10-20 through  2021-10-20$29— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 204. Join Dr. Salah Qutaishat, consultant in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology, as he describes the basic methodology of vaccine production. Learn about the immune system and how the human body defends itself against foreign invaders. In addition, Dr. Qutaishat will address some of the misconceptions associated with strengthening the immune system and avoiding vaccines.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424562885
Intro to Islam (Livestream)— 2021-10-21 through  2021-10-21$35— LivestreamView Details

Thurs., Oct. 21, 6-8:30 p.m. Looking to gain an understanding of Islam? Join Sarah Montgomery-Richards, an educator in Comparative Religion with an M.A. in Interfaith Action, to explore the basics of Islam. Heighten your interest in world religions, and gain a general knowledge of history, beliefs and practices within Islam. Learn to think critically, and apply tools and techniques to understand this rich religion, while recognizing the importance of studying comparative religion.

  • Seats available: Approximately 38. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424562916
Coffee Chats: Citizens and Climate Change (Livestream)— 2021-10-22 through  2021-10-22$10— LivestreamView Details

Fri., Oct. 22, 10-11 a.m. Traverse City's Elizabeth Dell began volunteering with Citizens' Climate Lobby in 2013 and then became a Regional Coordinator in 2016, supporting volunteers in over 80 CCL chapters in the midwest. Learn how this non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization affects national policies to address climate change solutions. Elizabeth will discuss recent accomplishments, goals and activities of CCL as a whole, and details on the Grand Traverse Area chapter. This Coffee Chat begins with an interview of the speaker followed by a live zoom session to continue the conversation. You are invited to participate during the live Q and A portion if you choose.

  • Seats available: Approximately 97. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424562921
Intercultural Communication (Livestream)— 2021-10-26 through  2021-10-26$29— LivestreamView Details

Tues., Oct. 26, 10-11:30 a.m. Behavior is what we do. Culture is how we do it. The goal of Intercultural Communication is to learn how to identify what makes up your own personal cultural identity as well as what makes up that of others. It is from knowing this that we are able to have the capacity for rich communication between people and groups. Over the course of this 90 minute session, participants will learn what is Intercultural Communication, how to map their own cultural identity, and will build tools to have more effective exchanges with others and groups.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563021
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2021 - Part 2 (Face to Face)— 2021-10-27 through  2021-11-17$59— Face to FaceView Details

Part 2: 4 Wed., Oct. 27-Nov. 17, 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions 2021 Briefing Book, published by the Foreign Policy Association, is the primary resource. 2021 topics include: The role of international organizations in a Global Pandemic; Global supply chains and national security; China and Africa; Korean Peninsula; Persian Gulf Security; Brexit and the European Union; The fight over the melting Arctic; and the End of Globalization? The guide materials provide thought-provoking analysis complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either 4-week segment. Text required; order your book or e-book at fpa.org. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424813480
China: Friend or Foe? (Face to Face)— 2021-10-28 through  2021-11-18$75— Face to FaceView Details

4 Thurs., Oct. 28-Nov. 18, 2-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 209. Over the past several years, we have been encouraged to believe that China is a current and/or potential threat to our way of life. Is this true, false, or somewhere in between? This will be the focus question after discussing the past, present and possible future of China and its relationship to the U.S. There will be readings prior to each session, which will be used to begin our discussions.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563067
Putin's Russia - The Challenge for the Biden Administration (Face to Face)— 2021-11-02 through  2021-11-02$35— Face to FaceView Details

Tues., Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-Noon, Scholars Hall Auditorium Rm. 217. A Biden-Putin Summit in June. Russian Parliamentary elections in September. Heightened political repression within Russia. And continuing U.S.-Russian competition in Asia, Europe and now even the Arctic. What can we expect or hope for from U.S. relations with Russia under Putin and Biden? Catch up on the latest developments with Karen Puschel Segal and Jack Segal, former Russia experts at the State Department.

  • Seats available: Approximately 29. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563183
Intro to Hinduism (Livestream)— 2021-11-04 through  2021-11-04$35— LivestreamView Details

Thurs., Nov. 4, 6-8:30 p.m. Looking to gain an understanding of Hinduism? Join Sarah Montgomery-Richards, an educator in Comparative Religion with an M.A. in Interfaith Action, to explore the basics of Hinduism. Spur your interest in world religions and some of the incredible traditions that make up Hinduism. Learn to think critically, and apply tools and techniques to understand this rich religion. Recognize the importance of studying comparative religion as it relates to Hinduism, and gain a general knowledge of history, beliefs and practices within Hinduism.

  • Seats available: Approximately 37. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563211
Coffee Chats: Solar Power Past and Future (Livestream)— 2021-11-05 through  2021-11-05$10— LivestreamView Details

Fri., Nov. 5, 10-11 a.m. Efficiency, reliability, cost-effectiveness. Solar technology can be complex. Local expert Bill Queen will illuminate the fine points of site requirements, dealing with shade, and getting the most out of today's solar power generation options. Learn about the history of solar power and where the tech is headed in the future. This Coffee Chat begins with an interview of the speaker followed by a live zoom session to continue the conversation. You are invited to participate during the live Q and A portion if you choose.

  • Seats available: Approximately 95. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563222
Israel/Palestine - Destined to Fail? (Livestream)— 2021-11-09 through  2021-11-16$65— LivestreamView Details

2 Tues., Nov. 9 and 16, 10 a.m.-Noon. The wars between Israel and its Arab neighbors have been subdued. But the conflicts between Israel and the Palestinians seem farther from resolution than ever. On the first day, we'll review the history of how Israel came into existence and its emergence in 1967 as the regional superpower. We'll touch on the wars in 1973 against Arab state armies, in 1982 against the PLO, in 1991 against Iraq, and thereafter between the Israel and other various terrorist organizations. On the second day, we'll focus on how fifty-five years of occupation and violence have driven the Israelis and the Arabs apart and how both sides' internal politics are undermining the remaining hope for a settlement. Instructor, Jack Segal, was Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv from 1988-91.

  • Seats available: Approximately 34. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424563260
Science and Disinformation: Finding the Truth! (Face to Face)— 2021-11-10 through  2021-11-10$29— Face to FaceView Details

Wed., Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-Noon, University Center Rm. 204. There are three sides to each story. What do people mean when they say, 'I did my research.' Join Dr. Salah Qutaishat, certified in infection control (CIC) and a fellow of the society of healthcare epidemiology of America (FSHEA), to explore these different perspectives around science, disinformation and finding the truth. This class will describe the scientific approach to validating information and strengthening knowledge. It will also provide examples of how misinformation is generated and spread.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424562900
Religion in the Public Sphere (Livestream) — 2021-11-11 through  2021-11-11$35— LivestreamView Details

Thurs., Nov. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. Are you interested in the ways in which different orientations around religion impact our world today? According to the Interfaith Youth Core, 'In a time of global religious conflict when issues of religious identity are headlining the nightly news, our religious diversity can either be a source of conflict or an opportunity for cooperation. From Baghdad to Jerusalem to Manhattan, religion matters in the world today.' Join Sarah Montgomery-Richards, an educator in Comparative Religion with an M.A. in Interfaith Action, to explore religion in the public sphere. Consider the work of The Harvard Pluralism Project and the growing Interfaith movement as we discuss topics and case studies related to religion as it lives and breathes in the world.

  • Seats available: Approximately 39. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424559470
Arms Control and the Military-Industrial Complex (Face to Face)— 2021-11-12 through  2021-11-12$65— Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., (break for lunch on your own Noon-1 p.m.), Scholars Hall Auditorium Rm. 217. For half a century, arms control agreements have helped manage the arms race, been a platform for superpower communications, and a barometer of global stability. But recently the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the Open Skies Treaty, and the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty have been virtually abandoned. Explore how arms manufacturers in the U.S., Russia and China are creating new weapons that are designed to violate the remaining agreements. Strategic parity that has prevented nuclear war since the 1950s is being replaced by destabilizing attempts to achieve 'strategic dominance.' Instructor Jack Segal helped negotiate the START Treaty and the Nuclear Risk Reduction Agreement and, in Moscow, he supervised implementation of those and other agreements from 1993-1995. At the White House he served as NSC Director for Non-Proliferation from 1998-2000.

  • Seats available: Approximately 24. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424558505
Coffee Chats: Transportation and Housing Issues (Livestream)— 2021-11-19 through  2021-11-19$10— LivestreamView Details

Fri., Nov. 19, 10-11 a.m. How do communities create affordable housing? Then, how do you get from home to work, from point A to B and back again? How does development affect traffic congestion? Learn about the interlinked challenges of transportation and housing issues, and explore current initiatives with Tyler Bevier, transportation planner for Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) and Yarrow Brown, executive director of Housing North. This Coffee Chat begins with an interview of the speakers followed by a live zoom session to continue the conversation. You are invited to participate during the live Q and A portion if you choose.

  • Seats available: Approximately 97. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 424557435