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15 Challenges of the Future  FULL
Day/Time  Wednesday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-115
Session First 6 weeks 9/12
Limit: 20
  Friday 9:00-10:20
  Second Six Weeks


This is a course based on the '15 Challenges of the Future', a product of the global think tank, and The Millennium Project ( The 15 Challenges include the Environment, Population Growth, Global Communication and the Internet, Global Economies, Science and Technology, and Global Ethics. The course text is State of the Future, version 19.0 available on-line; however, the free short summary of each challenge will be adequate for the course, available at

Coordinator: Tom Murphy

Tom is a retired physician/radiologist who has taught these challenges for the last 20 years




Current Events 
Day/Time  Tuesday 10:45-12:15 
Location Mashpee Senior Center
Session 12 weeks 9/11
Limit: 16

In our class, we discuss what is happening locally, in our state, in our country and around the world. Members are encouraged to participate, expressing their ideas, thoughts and opinions. Prepare to be open-minded with others who do not share your opinions.

Coordinator: Robert Calzini and Dean Troxell

Bob has taught and served in school administration in Natick, in Mashpee, and in Europe. He has taught this course over 10 times. Dean has been active in A.L.L. for over nine years. He has had a long-time interest in current events, history, and sports. Above all, he encourages class participation




Current National and International Events 
Day/Time  Thursday 3:00-4:20 
Location C-115
Session12 weeks 9/13
Limit: 25

Participants will be encouraged to express ideas, opinions, and points of view about national and international issues. Class members will have the opportunity to make presentations and lead discussions. We will explore breaking news and encourage active critical and analytical debate. No text required.

Coordinator: Alan Berger and John Ward

Alan is a long time A.L.L. member sharing John's interest in world affairs. He has an MBA and a background in marketing and finance. John, a UK native, is a retired international banker with an MBA and has a keen interest in current events both domestic and international.




Election 2018 
Day/Time  Wednesday 2:00-3:15 
Location North/South Hall
Session12 weeks 9/12
Limit: 30

This course will be a discussion of the 2018 mid-term election as it unfolds.

Coordinator: Stephen Pastore

Attorney, author and historian, Stephen will lead the class in an open and unbiased discussion of this important event.




How Foreign Policy Has Traditionally Been Made 
Day/Time  Friday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-106
Session First 6 weeks 9/14
Limit: 15

This course is a discussion on how embassies abroad operate, how Department of State has been organized in the past, and how foreign policy has traditionally been made. It addresses the role of Congress, the media, and others in influencing foreign policy. Readings will be suggested at the first class.

Coordinator: Rosemary O'Neill

Rosemary retired from the Foreign Service in 2003. Her 37-year career included assignments in Europe and North Africa and work relating to the Muslim world. She has had extensive experience on the Northern Ireland issue.




News and the World Outside the USA 
Day/Time  Wednesday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-115
Session12 weeks 9/12
Limit: 25

How do others see us? How do others see events in the world? This course uses foreign media to look at world issues from a perspective other than that of the American media. We will look at the USA in the foreign media, parallel events in the USA and in other places, items of local concern to foreign lands, and, finally, news in the foreign media deemed interesting in its own right. Sources such as will be used along with a wide range of press and media from around the world.

Coordinator: Arthur Pontes

Arthur retired from teaching at the Sturgis Charter Public School in 2015. He spent 45 years as a teacher and administrator, 25 of which were spent in four schools in Europe and Latin America.




Prosperity at Risk: The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Local Economy 
Day/Time  Friday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-106
SessionFirst 6 weeks 9/14
Limit: 25

The class will focus on the economic climate in Barnstable County presently and in the future. Course text will include various publications from Kansas State University and other land-grant universities.

Coordinator: David Darling

David is retired economist who worked at Kansas State University and Purdue University.




Trump, Twitter, and The Russians 
Day/Time  Thursday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-115
Session Second 6 weeks 10/25
Limit: 25

This is a Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions course. Through video and handbook, we will discuss America's changing role in the world, the place of the media and social media in foreign policy, and what motivates the Russians' activities of disruption. The course text is Great Decision Handbook 2018; available online at Foreign Policy Association of by phone at 800-477-5836. For the first week, please read Chapter 1, The Waning of Pax Americans.

Coordinator: Paul Arnold and Jim Connolly

Jim and Paul have coordinated a number of courses at A.L.L.