Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, January 22, 2015
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
2 p.m. at Manitowoc Senior Center

7 p.m. at Manitowoc City Hall
Move to Amend Informational Presentation. Presented by George Penn, Team Leader for MTA Out Reach. George Penn is a retired Nuclear Engineer and Energy Consultant. He retired immediately upon finding the Move To Amend movement to reclaim our democracy.

Discover: The history of the big money takeover of our democratic system. What roles do Citizen United and subsequent Supreme Court rulings play? Why do we need to have a U.S. constitution amendment to reclaim democracy? What is the "Price We Pay" for accepting a "Pay to Play" political system? How can you play a role in building the Democracy Reform movement we need?

Sadly, our politicians are trapped by the system: if their campaigns don't accept the huge amounts of money, they can't get elected; if they do accept the money and get elected, they must promote legislation of their wealthy donors or they will not be supported for re-election.

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Monday, February 2, 2015
6 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions. Russia and the Near Abroad

Join retired Diplomat, John Katzka, as he discusses Russia and the Near Abroad.

As calls for closer ties with the EU failed to be met, Ukrainians took to the streets in November 2013. As the movement later known as the Euromaidan, or "Euro Square," pulled western Ukraine closer to its European neighbors, another powerful force threatened to tear away the country's eastern half: Russia. Putin's pushback against European expansionism has the West wondering: If Putin's Russia isn't afraid to take an aggressive stance against Europeanization in Ukraine, what does that mean for the rest of Russia's neighbors?

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
4:30 p.m. (note time change!)
First Presbyterian Church
502 N 8th St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
LWV Manitowoc County Board Meeting. Date change due to Great Decisions. Visitors are welcome!
Monday, February 9, 2015
6 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions. Privacy in the Digital Age

Join Silver Lake College's Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Science and Business, Alonzo Kelly, as he discusses Privacy in the Digital Age.

The idea of "privacy" has undergone significant changes in the digital age, as has the idea of privacy "harm." Fearful of British spying, influence and intervention, the founding fathers granted citizens significant protections in the Constitution. Now, the tables have turned: Concerns about what some see as a U.S. "dragnet" and unwarranted privacy intrusions have compelled other countries to revamp their own privacy protections. Legislation, both at home and abroad, hasn't kept pace with technological developments, leaving some wondering if privacy as we know it is long dead.

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, February 16, 2015
6 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions. US Policy Toward Africa

Join UW-Madison Professor of Political Science & Gender and Women's Studies, Aili Tripp, as she discusses U.S. Policy Toward Africa.

Africa is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. The continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and it's become a draw for foreign investors from across the globe. After the "Obamamania" of 2008 died down, though, the realization that Obama wasn't going to overturn, or even prioritize, U.S. Africa policy kicked in. Still, the U.S. has promised to promote "strong institutions, not strong men," and to favor good governance and healthy economies over profit. How can U.S. policy live up to its promise and values while securing its interests in the region?

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, February 23, 2015
6 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions. Sectarianism in the Middle East

Join Beth Dougherty, PhD, International Relations Professor at Beloit College as she discusses Sectarianism in the Middle East.

Many of the current conflicts in the Middle East have been attributed to sectarianism, a politicization of ethnic and religious identity. From the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the struggle between Sunni and Shi`i groups for dominance is tearing apart the region and shows no signs of abating. But for all the religious discourse permeating the conflict, much of its roots are political, not religious. How does sectarianism fit into a larger narrative of the Middle East? How have governments manipulated sectarian differences? And finally, what is the U.S. doing about it?

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, March 2, 2015
6 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions. India Changes Course

Join Joseph W. Elder, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Languages & Cultures of Asia, Integrated Liberal Studies at UW-Madison, as he discusses India Changing Course.

Fed up with corruption, dynastic policies and ineffective public services, Indian voters catapulted Narenda Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party to power in the country's 2014 elections. For voters, Modi embodied real change and an India that wasn't stumbling, but running, to greatness. But for the U.S., change in India brings its own set of unknowns, heralding an age ruled by a prime minister new to national office and other policymakers who have been out of the public eye for a decade. Now, the U.S. has to determine how to best secure its interests as India asserts itself on the world stage.

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
4:30 p.m. (note time change!)
First Presbyterian Church
502 N 8th St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
LWV Manitowoc County Board Meeting. Visitors are welcome!
Monday, March 9, 2015
6 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions. Syria's Refugee Crisis

Join Alise Coen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UW-Sheboygan and UW-Manitowoc, as she discusses Syria's Refugee Crisis.

Syrians have for a century welcomed over a million refugees from Armenia, Palestine, Iraq and other countries around the region. Now, thanks to a multi-year civil war, they are on track to become the source of the world's largest refugee population in a matter of months. As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate the millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming a "lost generation" remains. Ultimately, though, the safety of displaced Syrians rests with the whole international community.

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, March 16, 2015
6 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions. Brazil's Metomorphosis

Join Martin Farrell, PhD, Director of Global Studies, Politics & Government at Ripon College, as he discusses Brazil's Metamorphosis.

Brazil -- it's the "B" in the acronym BRICS, five emerging economies once seen as soon-to-be superpowers. After economic troubles in the 1990s, Brazil has risen to new global prominence -- it's drawing in more investment, working on global issues ranging from climate change to peacekeeping, and even hosting the 2016 Olympics. But some of Brazil's trickiest problems -- deep divisions over how to tackle serious income inequality, weak civic institutions and poor regional leadership -- have held it back.

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, March 23, 2015
6 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions. Human Trafficking in the 21st Century

Join H. Richard Friman, PhD, Professor of International Studies & Political Science at Marquette University, as he discusses Human Trafficking in the 21st Century.

Human trafficking represents a multibillion in international trade per annum and continues to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries. While undeniably a global phenomenon, the U.S., as one of the world's leading human trafficking importers, bears a special responsibility to combat this practice. The U.S. and the international community have adopted various treaties and laws to prevent trafficking, but to truly understand and combat the issue, they must find the root causes enabling traffickers to exploit millions of victims.

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 6, 2015
5 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
502 N 8th St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
LWV Manitowoc County Board Meeting. Visitors are welcome!
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
 
First Presbyterian Church
502 N 8th St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
LWV Manitowoc County Board Meeting. Visitors are welcome!