Americans are committed to political equality and freedom for all. Participants in this class will do a significant amount of reading to explore to what extent we are managing to realize our ideals. We shall pay special attention to problems of race, the state of our democracy and of the capitalist system. After trying to inform ourselves about these aspects of our society, we shall consider what, if any, changes are in order.
INSTRUCTOR: Richard Schmitt was born in Germany. Forced to leave for being Jewish, he reached the U.S. as a young man. He received his higher education at the University of Chicago and Yale and spent many years teaching at Brown University and at Worcester State University. He has taught WISE courses for over twenty years.
NO REQUIRED BOOKS: supplementary materials will be provided by instructor.
REQUIRED READING: Class members will be asked to read one book on a contemporary social issue and report briefly in class.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609