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2012 schedule - sign up or nominate discussion leaders

The votes are in, and we have a schedule for 2012.

Next step:  sign up to lead one of these discussions. It really only requires making sure we have some readings and a few good questions to kick off discussion.  You can also nominate people to lead discussions, or suggest guest speakers.  Leave suggestions or volunteer in the comments, or email me (Allie). We'll start with February if that is okay with everyone.


February Is politics the new religion? March The Arab Spring April Earth stewardship May The election process in the U.S. June What is happening to men? July Is google making us smarter or dumber? August

Voting time

Leave your votes in the comments. 
(... and feel free to flesh out any of these ideas, or to volunteer to lead a discussion!)
1)  What is money? Based on an episode of This American Life called "The Invention of Money." This could cover understanding some basic economic concepts as well as philosophical approaches to what money means/does to people, how it should be handled, and how we as individuals and societies relate to money. Current data show that the millennial generation may be developing habits of thrift reminiscent of those found among the Depression-era cohort -- what does this mean? 
2)  What is happening to men? From the cover of the Atlantic to the recent Muppets movie, Americans everywhere seem to be soul-searching about "failure to launch." Women now outnumber men on college campuses, and some studies show that women in the youngest generation are out-earning the men their age. Three-quarters of the jobs lost during the recession were lost by men, in sec…

2012 Discussion ideas -- add yours!

Here are a few ideas to get us started with discussion ideas for 2012.  But we need more!  Add yours in the comments section.  Feel free to look back at posts from previous years to spark ideas.
We will collect as many ideas as we can Jan. 2-5.  Then we'll vote on the top 12 from Jan. 6-8.
You do not have to lead the discussion on an idea you suggest, but you certainly may if you wish.  If you see another idea from another person that you'd be interested in leading the discussion on, please indicate that.  Also, if you have ideas for guest speakers or other visitors, the sky's the limit here.
So here are a few preliminary ideas. Add your own ideas, and feel free to flesh out any of these or take them in a new direction if you like:
1)  What is money? Based on an episode of This American Life called "The Invention of Money." This could cover understanding some basic economic concepts as well as philosophical approaches to what money means/does to people, how it should …