Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group

The USSB Great Decisions Program Announces its Program for the Fall of 2019

The 2019 Great Decisions program consisted of eight events held during the months of February through May. We will present the 2020 Great Decisions program from January through May next year and will post the details on this page.

More than 75 members and friends attended our lectures earlier this year and given the excellence of our speakers we have arranged for two of them to return for our Fall series. The current programs will start at 6:30 p.m. in Parish Hall, in part to allow for more time for our lively Q&A sessions!

Current Events Now Scheduled:

September 18, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in Parish Hall

Subject: Will Congress Hold President Trump Accountable Through Impeachment Proceedings?

Speaker: Steve Zipperstein, Esq., former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, Los Angeles, and Special Counsel to Robert S. Mueller III

Description: The House Judiciary Committee has announced its intention to vote on beginning a formal impeachment inquiry which will focus upon the contents of the Mueller Report and more recent claims of corruption, obstruction and self dealing. Our speaker will discuss the Mueller Report, the ongoing investigations and the pending litigation over the administration’s refusal to provide witnesses and documents to the Congressional Committees. There are many aspects of this complex subject including the intriguing question of whether the President will seek to pardon his family members and himself! This is a very timely and important subject so plan on attending. Reminder, we will start at 6:30 p.m. and are asking for a voluntary contribution of $10 for our expenses.

October 2, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in Parish Hall

Subject: What are the Elements of a Sane and Workable Immigration Policy for the U.S.?

Speaker: UCSB Professor of Asian Studies John S. W. Park, an expert on the law and history of the U.S. immigration system and noted author

Description: Professor Park will continue with the discussion of the complexities of our immigration system that he presented during our Great Decisions program earlier in the year. Now, he will be looking at the subject through the lens of the pending election off 2020 and discuss what might be possible changes. Professor Park will be drawing upon his most recent book, Immigration Law and Society which is used in his classes on immigration at UCSB. This important and complex subject is at the core of activities now ongoing at USSB.

October 27, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. in Parish Hall

Subject: The 2020 Election as seen through the eyes of a leading politician in California, which has now at least 50 lawsuits pending vs. USA.

Speaker: State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson

Description: Given her long service in the California legislator and as she reaches the end of her final term as senator, we invited her to share her perspective on how California is faring under the Trump administration and the prospects for progressive changes in spite of the opposition raised by the administration. More detailed information will be posted as we get closer to the date of her appearance.

*Note to friends of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara members of the community interested in attending. The USSB Great Decisions Program is supported by the Society primarily for the benefit of it members and friends. Members of the community have often expressed interest in attending and in the past we have been happy to welcome their participation. However, as our space is limited, it would be appreciated if anyone interested would contact the program coordinator, John Warnock at his email: johnwwarnock@gmail.com to discuss space availability and our requested financial support.


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