Each week, we will discuss three or four articles from the Opinion Section of The New York Sunday Times. We will focus on articles that will allow us to have in-depth discussions about issues that are rarely explained in depth in the daily news. We will avoid topics that are highly politicized. We will focus on issues that are complex and difficult to understand. Some of these issues will be very promising, others could be very dangerous, most will have aspects of both.
Some examples of what we might discuss are: what can really be done about immigration? poverty? drug treatments? the price of housing in Massachusetts? Chat-bots? medical care? are the humanities still important? and the lasting effects of COVID? We will describe, as best we can, what the issue is, why it is relevant to our lives, what is being done about, what should be done about it, and what is possible.
These topics should easily lead to interesting discussions about many of the complex and confusing changes that are rapidly transforming our world. The discussions will help all of us deal with these issues and how they affect our lives. The class will be mainly discussion. Weekly preparation time should be 30 minutes to an hour.