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Current Event Conversations

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Current Event Conversations2019-02-22T13:23:01+00:00

This series aims to foster conversations about a variety of thought-provoking issues, originated primarily but not exclusively by current events. Participants will be exposed to different viewpoints and perspectives, presented by experts in their fields. Attendees are encouraged to share their opinions, while listening respectfully and engaging others in fruitful conversations.

Human Rights vs. Realpolitik – Are We Losing the Struggle for Human Rights
March 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater
Prof. Douglas Simon from Drew University, discusses the whole concept of universal human rights and assesses the impact of current global political movements on the human rights movement.

Climate Change Impact on New Jersey
March 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch, located at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill
Learn about the range of impacts due to climate change on New Jersey including rising sea levels and impacts on agriculture. Find out what has already changed in New Jersey and what we can expect to see in the future based on current data. Presented by Professor Anthony Broccoli, co-director of Rutgers Climate Institute.

Global Power Shifts – New Directions for American Foreign Policy
April 2, 7-8:30 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Warren Twp Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren Twp.
The international system is undergoing a major power shift. How will the US react to this emerging environment? Prof. Douglas Simon, Drew University, addresses this most critical question of our time.

Holocaust Remembrance Film Series and Discussion
April 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
April 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
April 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch, located at 100 South 10th Avenue in Manville
A series of three locally-produced documentaries featuring history and survivors of the Holocaust, followed by a discussion facilitated by Peppy Margolis, Director of Community Programs at RVCC.

Think Before You Spit! The Implications of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing
April 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch, located at 100 South 10th Avenue in Manville
Melanie Lenahan, Ph.D., of RVCC, will facilitate a discussion on the benefits and downsides of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, including privacy, healthcare and ancestry issues.

Earth’s Changing Climate: What’s Past is Prologue
May 4, 2-3 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater
Variations in climate have been common throughout Earth’s history. Prof. Anthony Broccoli, Co-Director of Rutgers Climate Institute, will discuss the nature of changes in climate and their causes.

Close the Gates: Immigration Restriction in U.S. Policy, Past and Present
June 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough
Learn about US past and present policies which restrict immigration and bar immigrants and refugees from entering the county. Presented by Carl Lindskoog, assistant professor of history at Raritan Valley Community College.

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