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The purpose of this organization is to facilitate open discussion about complex worldly topics and encourage understanding between individuals with differing opinions. We want to create a positive environment where people can effectively communicate their views and listen to others. The goal here isn't to convince but to understand. With the polarization that's so prevalent in our country, and even the world, it's important that we can work to overcome our differences. We encourage students from all majors to join us and offer their views on a variety of topics such as abortion, global warming, and even artificial intelligence.

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February 19, 2019

Next Meeting Topic for Friday, 2/19

This weeks discussion will be on financial literacy (i.e. Who is responsible for poverty?) and will be held in Marston 2300 from 4:00-5:00pm. For those of you who may not know, financial literacy is the possession of the set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with all of their financial resources. 

The questions we will be focusing the discussion on are:

  • Intro question: Are oppressive institutions or the poor responsible for the poor's poverty? If it is a mix of both, who is more responsible?
  • What role does financial literacy play in alleviating poverty?
  • Who is responsible for making sure that people are financially literate?
  • What steps must be taken to reduce poverty?

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