This is part one of a four part series. This program was originally recorded on November 3rd, 2020.
Some years act as the hinges of history; they are the pivots, years so momentous that they become the defining point when everything changed, as the Past became the Future. Marked as it is by pandemic, economic crisis, and massive social protest, will 2020 be one of those years? Join four distinguished area speakers as they consider the historic legacy of the year that is soon coming to a close.
November 3: Duchess Harris on the Legacy of George Floyd.
Duchess Harris is chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College.
November 10: Richard Painter on the Political Consequences of Pandemic.
Richard Painter is the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota. He previously served as the US President’s chief ethics lawyer during the George W. Bush administration.
November 17: Ed Lotterman on the Economic Roller-coaster of 2020.
Ed Lotterman writes the "Real World Economics" column for the Pioneer Press. He has taught economics at the college level and enjoys explaining "the dismal science" to non-economists.
November 24: Peter Bell on the Conservative View of a Year of Crisis.
Peter Bell is the former Chair of the Metropolitan Council and a frequent media contributor to the Star Tribune as well as public television and radio.
This series is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of MN with the financial support of the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries.