The UIRA special interest group (SIG) called "International Events" (formerly World Politics) meets monthly for an informal exchange of views regarding current events on the international scene (and their U.S. relevance). All topics and points of view are grist for our mill, from which we emerge enlightened and refreshed. We touch on serious matters, but have fun doing it. An example of topics at the most recent meeting: President Trump’s new military strikes on the Middle East, upcoming presidential elections in France and Hispanic immigration to the U.S. from the perspective of Mexican history.
We gather on the second Thursday of every month (September through May) from 1:30 to 3:15 at Hills Bank, 2621 Muscatine Avenue, Iowa City. There is no structured agenda, but convener Phil Klein sends out an e-mail reminder a few days before each meeting, including links to a couple recent world news stories which have caught his attention, and invites members to do the same. Those readings can then serve as a shared starting point for our discussion.
You’re welcome to check us out at our next meeting, 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11. Turn left after entering the bank, to find us in the first conference room. We’re interested in what YOU have to contribute. More information available from Phil Klein.