Oakton’s ‘Passport’ offers insights into foreign relations for those 55 and over

(Feb. 9, 2017) Seniors are invited to meet new friends and expand their knowledge of foreign relations by joining local experts for the popular and thought-provoking “Passport to the World,” a series of lectures offered by the Emeritus Program at Oakton Community College. Lectures take place Thursday afternoons from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the college’s Skokie campus, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave.

“The Passport program has always been popular, providing hundreds of attendees with access to high-quality, current world affairs experts. If you haven’t been part of the Passport program in the past, this is the semester to start attending,” says Jesse Ivory, senior manager for business and community programs. “With heightened attention on immigration policy, elections, general foreign policy and more, this analysis promises to provide an informative and insightful experience for all.”

Thursday afternoon sessions run March 9–May 4 in Rooms P103 and P104, and topics include “China’s Environmental Challenges and Responses” (University of Chicago Professor Dali L. Yang, Ph.D., March 9); “Germany, Angela Merkel, and the Impending Election” (Anette Isaacs, M.A., March 16); “Return to the ‘Great Rule:’ A ‘New’ U.S. Foreign Policy as Old as the Republic” (George Lungu, professor of political science, March 23);  “Terror and the New Administration” (Robert Pape, Ph.D., March 30); “Update on the Middle East” (Toufic el Rassi, April 6); “The Future of Europe” (University of Chicago Professor John Mearsheimer, Ph.D., April 20); “First 100 Days of the New Administration” (Julie Strauss, Ph.D., April 27); and a final discussion on May 4.

Friday sessions run March 10–May 5 in Rooms A145 and A151. Lecture topics include the following: “China’s Environmental Challenges and Responses” (University of Chicago Professor Dali L. Yang, Ph.D., March 10); “Germany, Angela Merkel, and the Impending Election” (Anette Isaacs, M.A., March 17); “Return to the ‘Great Rule:’ A ‘New’ U.S. Foreign Policy as Old as the Republic” (George Lungu, professor of political science, March 24); “Terror and the New Administration” (Robert Pape, Ph.D., March 31); “Update on the Middle East” (Toufic el Rassi, April 7); “The Future of Europe” (University of Chicago Professor John Mearsheimer, Ph.D., April 21); “First 100 Days of the New Administration” (Julie Strauss, Ph.D., April 28); and a final discussion May 5.

Oakton’s Emeritus Program offers lifelong learning opportunities for those 55 years of age and older.

Seating is limited. Prospective students may register one or both series online at www.oakton.edu/conted or by submitting a completed registration form in person (Alliance for Lifelong Learning Office, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave, Skokie; or 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines), by mail (Alliance for Lifelong Learning, P.O. Box 367, Skokie, IL 60077) or via fax (847.635.1448). Registration is just $60 ($45 for in-district seniors age 60 and older) per series, and the senior discount does not apply.

For more information, call 847.982.9888.