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Making sense of the World in the Trump / Brexit era


Titel Making sense of the World in the Trump / Brexit era: an attempt to analyse the world in 2017.
Dozent(in) Alisa Kasle-Henke, B.A., M.A.
Termin May 5, 12, 19, 26; 2 - 5 pm
Gebäude / Raum room 2130, d-building
Anmeldung Stefan.Hartmann(at)phil.uni-augsburg.de

Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung

Are you finding yourself wasting time daily reading one shocking Trump story after another? Or maybe it is the Brexit decision that is occupying your time, making you read one internet news source after another? As an American who started supporting Bernie Sanders back in Vermont in 1990, I am finding myself shocked and horrified at the political landscape in America at the moment. I waste so much time in the evenings reading about the newest Trump decisions and horrible appointments. And if it is not that, it is Brexit. As a non-European jealous of the EU citizens possibilities of living anywhere in the EU, I was shocked to find that Britain had voted to leave. Somehow I still can't believe it.

So, I decided that it might be a really good idea to make all this reading of The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and even Fox News count for something, and therefore I am offering a discussion and debate course this semester on 4 Friday afternoons (May 5,12,19,26) 14-17.00 hopefully sometimes (often?) held in a nice beer garden with a cool drink, to try to make sense of the world. I want this to be more than a simple reporting of what we have read, I want us to intellectually consider the causes of various political movements and their relationship to other countries. I want us to look at these issues from various angles and try to figure out how we got here. We will share the articles we find and consider the issues from a deeper perspective. And the best thing is that you will get a GGS credit for reading the internet for hours and no longer be "wasting your time." I think we should call it: "Making sense of the World in the Trump/Brexit Era: An attempt to analyse the world in 2017.: