Contemporary Issues Interest Group

Contemporary Issues (CI) is an interest group devoted to consideration of important news topics of the day. Invited guest speakers and CI committee members facilitate exploration of focus topics, followed by open discussions of contemporary issues suggested by staff and members.

Recent focus topics include:

  • Fake News and Journalism
  • Virginians for Fair Redistricting
  • Tariffs and their effects on the American Economy
  • Iran’s Nuclear Program and its effects on the Middle East
  • Current Economic Activity, Prospects for Economic Growth, and Issues That May Affect its Path
  • Climate Change and the Green New Deal: Fact or Fantasy?

This interest group is coordinated by: Alan Corbett, William Pawleski, Susan Phieffer, John Schofield, Janet Murray, Joyce Rothschild and Jeffrey Keil.

Sessions are held on the first Wednesday of each month starting in September.

To join, please contact Susan Phieffer at