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Contemporary Issues

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
  • The Re-emergence of Nationalism
  • The Federal Reserve Bank: 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.

Classroom space is limited, so seating for each session will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with separate registration for each session. To join, please contact Susan Phieffer at

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Osher Institute
Special Programs Building 100
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 287-6608

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays