Just because we’re retired doesn’t mean that we have to stop thinking and developing new perceptions about the way the world works. This group aims to not only discuss contemporary social issues and current affairs but some of what might be called “big ideas”.
The intention is to alternate, on a fortnightly basis, current affairs type topics with other subjects that enable us to range far and wide in our thinking. The intention is to look at agreed big topics from a conceptual point of view, exploring ethical, societal, philosophical, psychological implications.
Potential topics include:
- Space frontiers—what, who, why
- Meritocracy—what is it, what is its role in achieving equity
- National security—surveillance, big data, human rights
- Information wars—what, who, protections against
- Death of democracy—real or imagined, or evolving
- Making of history—whose stories get told, sources
- Nihilism/ennui/anti-ambition—generational, real or imagined
- Privacy—what is it, does it evolve, why is it important
- Adversity—‘life is not meant to be easy’, do we need adversity to be worthwhile humans
- Health—to what extent should we focus on providing health care, to what end
We will expect active participation, preparation and leadership from members of the group so that we can all gain maximum benefit from our time together.
Convenors: Katrina Hall and Elizabeth Weaver
For further information contact either through the U3A office.