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Walla Walla's response to unsheltered homelessness has been ongoing for at least a century and continues to develop and change as new challenges emerge. Learn about the causes, responses, and challenges of reducing homelessness in our area. Discuss the data and drivers of homelessness. Consider Walla Walla's efforts to address this growing nation-wide issue, including community perceptions and reactions, response strategies by various groups, and even a visit to the Walla Walla Sleep Center.
Suggested Text: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. ISBN: 978-0553447453. Crown, 2017.
Explore a series of thematically-related films. We'll engage in lively discussions as we analyze the films and our responses to them, while developing a sense of each film's creation, impact, and place in history.
The Films of Spike Lee
Explore, celebrate, discover, debate, and discuss the life and work of one of the world's greatest directors, Spike Lee. With a career now spanning almost forty years, Lee has entertained and challenged audiences in equal measure. We'll view his films and discuss them in an open and conversational manner - student participation not only encouraged but required.
Explore the career of Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1953 to 1969, justices on the Warren court (Black, Douglas, Frankfurter, Brennan), and some of the important and controversial cases decided by the Warren court. During his tenure, the John Birch Society tried to have Warren impeached. President Eisenhower, who nominated Warren for the court, said after leaving office that putting Warren on the court was the worst decision of his presidency. But some court scholars put Warren among the top five of all Supreme Court justices. You decide.
We'll discuss how cases get to the Supreme court and how cases are decided. We will also look at cases dealing with school desegregation, privacy, libel, miscegenation, prayer in school, one-person one-vote, and rights of criminal defendants. You'll leave with a more informed understanding of how the court functions, an appreciation of the contribution to American constitutional law made by the Warren court, and a passing knowledge of some of the significant/controversial cases decided by the court.
Do you want to make progress in researching your family history? Discover a step-by-step process that will enhance your research skills, no matter your experience level. Find out how to analyze and organize the information you currently have and then make a research plan. You will learn ways to keep track of your information as you find it, analyze your findings, and write up your conclusions.
What to Bring: A USB/flash drive to save your work on.
Suggested Text: Research Like a Pro, A Genealogist's Guide by Diana Elder and Nicole Dyer. ISBN: 978-1732188105. Family Locket Books, 2018.