A 4-week live, online discussion
Thursdays, Apr 8-29, 5-6pm
Duration: 4 weeks
Date: Apr 8-Apr 29, 2021
Location: ONLINE via Zoom
We take positions on controversial issues and then tend most frequently toward media that reinforce our views. It’s hard to seriously consider multiple perspectives no matter how good we are at critical thinking. In this set of four discussions, facilitator Nancy Hoffman has picked complicated topics without easy answers.
Nancy says, “The goal is to make us all uncomfortable enough to think in ways we hadn’t considered. I am not an expert on any of these topics–far from it; I will use these sessions to clarify my own thinking and facilitate yours.”
Topics include: abortion, immigration/migration, and tourism/race with a final strange story by George Saunders in the form of a letter from a grandfather to his grandson discouraging him from taking political risks in what must be a continued Trump-like administration.
This is not intended as a scholarly seminar, rather it’s a friends and neighbors conversation.
About the facilitator
Nancy Hoffman is a vice president and senior advisor at Jobs for the Future (JFF), a national nonprofit based in Boston focused on improving educational and workforce outcomes for low income young people and adults. Hoffman’s career spans many years of work in high schools and higher education; She was a senior lecturer in education at Brown University and served as director of the President’s Office and secretary of the Brown Corporation. She served as vice provost for undergraduate studies at Temple University and director of the University Honors Program, with faculty appointments in English and women’s studies. She was the academic services dean at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also served as a program officer at the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education and a founder and faculty member of the College of Public and Community Service at UMass Boston. She has held teaching positions in English and comparative literature at the University of California Santa Barbara, Portland State University, MIT, and UMass Boston. She co-convened the Academic Environment Unit of HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. She speaks and writes about high-quality vocational education in the United States and abroad. Hoffman holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California Berkeley.