Tuesdays – Lecture Series: Formation of the US Constitution
Instructor: Gary Scarpello
This one part presentation looks into the US policy on immigration from the early days of our country to today. We will look at the attitudes Americans have about immigrants and how legislation mirrored these views. We will look at the anti-immigrant Know Nothing Party, the belief in nativism and DACA and President Biden’s US Citizens Act of 2021.
1/18: Gender Pay Gap
This one part presentation delves into the disparity in pay between men and women. Although this gap has been narrowing over the years, it still exists. We will look at the causes of the gender pay gap and address misinformation that this pay gap doesn’t exist. We will look at the harmful effects of this gap on women’s ability to earn to their full potential and to fully advance in their career. This pay disparity leads women to not having the retirement savings and income needed to stay out of poverty in their old age.
1/25: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
This one part presentation celebrates the passage of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Passed on December 10, 1948, Paris, France and shepherded by Eleanor Roosevelt, proclaimed the: “Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.”
We will look at the journey from little or no rights to the present document. We will define human rights as norms that aspire to protect all people everywhere from severe political, legal, and social abuses. Examples of human rights are the right to freedom of religion, the right to a fair trial when charged with a crime, the right not to be tortured, and the right to education. We will look at current and future human rights issues such as climate change, human trafficking, workers’ rights, women’s, girls, gender equality, and LGBTQ+ rights, right to privacy, data protection and protection of journalists