Information about Shared Learning’s Spring 2018 semester–the course schedule, course descriptions, and registration forms–have been posted on the new Shared Learning website: http://sharedlearning.us. Newly joining members and those returning from previous years can complete the Registration Page of the Spring 2018 Course Catalog and mail it in. Current members who have already paid their 2017-2018 registration fee may submit their selected courses by email or using an on-line form. Look at the items under the menu choice “SPRING 2018 Courses” for more information.
By mid-November, electronic versions of the Spring 2018 Shared Learning calendar will be posted on the website. Roughly two dozen exciting courses–many of them brand new to Shared Learning–will be offered. Members who registered for Fall classes are fully paid-up for Spring classes as well. There are no costs (except rare materials costs) to attend Shared Learning courses, other than the $60 membership fee, which runs from September to April. This year, we are offering an Introductory Membership for Spring 2018 courses for people NEW to Shared Learning. Look for the Spring Catalog and Registration Form on these pages soon.
On Friday, October 27th, at 11 a.m., retired U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, W. Robert Pearson, discussed the probability that Islam and democracy could co-exist in the Middle East. Ambassador Pearson, currently a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute, also described the current political situations in both Turkey and Syria and answered questions about those issues and about current policies and operation of the U.S. State Department.
Ambassador Pearson served as Ambassador to Turkey from 2000 to 2003 and was Director General of the Foreign Service from 2003 to 2006, winning two national awards for revitalizing American diplomacy. From 2008 to 2014 he was president of IREX, an international development NGO, basic in D.C., that focused on education, civil society development and independent media, spearheading its expansion to more than 125 countries.
Our Lindgren Lectures are free and open to the public and are held at our meeting location, Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill 27514.
Friday, Sept. 22nd, at 11 a.m., our first Lindgren Lecture of the 2017-2018 year was presented by Jonathan D. Weiler, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Curriculum in Global Studies, UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Weiler’s talk was titled The Center Is not Holding – Nature and Origins of our Political Divide. This is a return visit to Shared Learning for Dr. Weiler who talked to us several years ago from his book Authoritarianism and Polarization–a fascinating look at how child-rearing values are related to political ideology and are increasingly associated with political party preference. He continues to work in the area of Americans’ political beliefs and it will be exciting to hear about his new research.