Please note that we have changed the date and time. Starting in January, we will meet from 7:30 - 9:30 pm on the last Tuesday of every month.
The last 10 minutes of each meeting will be dedicated to a teaser on the next month's topic. The upcoming topic's host will have the assignments selected and ready to present.
For January 27, we will continue the discussion on Technology in the Developing World, hosted by Tiffany Ivins.
The remaining 11 months will be determined by popular vote from the 20 suggestions below. Keep in mind that the topic descriptions are rough - just enough to give the general gist. The topic host will refine the focus once the topics are chosen. Please list your TOP TEN choices in the comments by Monday, January 5.
1) Comedy and Politics: How Spoofs Shape Public Opinion
- Effect of SNL, late shows, The Onion, etc. on political choices (i.e. What would people think of Sarah Palin if not for Tina Fey, and would it have changed the way they voted?)
2) Texting, Email, Blogs, and the Fall of the English Language
- do u thnk ppl care enuf 2 lrn propr english n duz it mttr?
3) The Utah State Budget: Where Do Our Tax Dollars Go?
4) The Future of Marriage: What will "the institution" of marriage look like in 20 years?
- Causes and effects of rising divorce rates
- Possible effects of gay marriage
- Shifts in global perceptions of the U.S.
- Economic impacts
- Effects on STDs, dating norms, abortion, birth control, etc.
- Defining sexual responsibility: what does it mean?
- How have attitudes toward sexuality changed over the last century and has that been for the better or worse?
- Listen to recordings and read stories from real people who lived it
- Shifts in perspective due to poverty (spirituality, prejudice, pride)
- The poet, author, and lecturer David Whyte powerfully and charismatically argues that art (poetry in particular) can revive the soul that has been lost in modern-day work life. The assignments would include excerpts from his lectures and passages from his poetry.
- Can men still be men in a politically correct world, and if not, what is being lost?
- Effects of current norms on chivalry, bravery, responsibility for family
- Proliferation of digital records (National Health Care Network)
- Ethical Dilemmas (i.e. protecting privacy when medical records are more readily available)
- National Health Care
- Five Love Languages
- Differences in ability to communicate with friends versus spouses, parents, siblings, etc.
- Effect of cultural background on communication
- Field trip! Visit an art museum or other cultural event together, led by an informed guide
- New Ideas? What reforms are out there and how are they working?
- Obama’s agenda – what is it? How is it playing out?
- Video games; graffiti; body art; Bodyworlds; technology: websites, advertising; personal expression, etc.
- Evolution of art over time
- Who benefits?
- Evolutionary link to survival?
- Influence of media on attraction?
- Appearance, behaviors, self-perception
- Gender differences
- Health effects: obesity, eating disorders, etc.
- Fast food: always eating on the go
- Large portions, culture of abundance
- How technology has affected the way we view food
- Perceptions of accountability and responsibility
- People getting multiple degrees because they don’t know what they want to do (grad school = snooze button on life)?
- No culture of stable jobs or loyalty to a company
- Were the 1950s really golden?
- Moral changes
- Educational changes
- Community cohesiveness
- Sexual revolution
- Social security
- What to do with 20 good years of retirement?
- Do wealthy nations have a moral obligation to help?
- What are the risks and benefits of helping or not helping?