ONLINE: A Zoom invitation link will be sent one day before class begins.
American Politics Panel: The Never-Ending Election...?
As we gather together for this session we will be a little over a year away from the 2024 general elections, and will be fast approaching the primary elections. The unknowns are innumerable – where will inflation and the overall state of the economy be? Whither the war in Ukraine? Will Joe Biden's popularity rise (or fall)? Will Trump be the GOP frontrunner, a criminal defendant in multiple jurisdictions, or both? Will there be deadlocks or breakthroughs in Congress? The Three Amigos probably should not try to predict the future, but they will be there to explain what is happening, interpret ongoing developments, and add their insight and levity into what almost certainly will be unprecedented times. Please join us for this always-interesting discussion. Jeffrey Bernstein studies and teaches political science and American politics at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Michael Homel is Professor Emeritus of history at EMU in the fields of 20th century American history and American urban history. Larry Kestenbaum is the Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds.
Instructor(s): Panel Political
Dates: 10/2/2023 - 10/2/2023
Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Building: Online Course
Room: Online via Zoom
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HYBRID: In the classroom and online. A Zoom link will be sent to all one day before class.
An Update on the Innocence Clinic: Recent Exonerations and Continuing Litigation
In January 2009, Professors David Moran and Bridget McCormack (recently retired as chief justice on the Michigan Supreme Court) launched the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School to investigate and litigate claims of innocence by convicted prisoners in cases where DNA evidence is not available. In its first 14 years, the Clinic’s work has resulted in the release of 40 people – 36 men and 4 women, whose combined wrongful incarceration totaled more than 600 years. Professor Moran, the director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, returns to Elderwise to discuss several recent cases in which the Clinic won final exoneration for its clients. He will also discuss some of the most interesting cases in which litigation is continuing. David Moran holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics and mathematics, and earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He has argued six times before the United States Supreme Court. In 2020 Professor Moran was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly.
Instructor(s): David Moran
Dates: 10/4/2023 - 10/4/2023
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Building: Hybrid: In-Person and Online
Room: Vineyard Cafe and Zoom
ONLINE: A Zoom invitation link will be sent one day before each class session begins.
TATN returns after a Spring Term hiatus with a somewhat different emphasis. Veteran journalist and communicator Al Chambers concluded that it was not the right time to retire with so much global and domestic controversy, including challenges to democratic principles around the world. The focus will still be on what is news and important, but also on how traditional and newer media provide coverage while struggling for trust and also to survive financially. Crucial situations will be discussed in the first class and revisited two months later. The “Endless Election” must be included but not allowed to dominate. The paradoxes between America’s continuing great strengths and historical weaknesses and violence cannot be ignored. Chambers requests that all registrants e-mail to email@example.com, identifying two topics or issues that she/he would most like included. Al Chambers continues to focus on the power and speed of news, media and technology in this rapidly changing world.
Instructor(s): Al Chambers
Dates: 9/28/2023 - 11/30/2023