Contemporary Issues-2020

Contemporary Issues May 2020

We had hoped to meet on May 1st or the 15th, but there are still restrictions on restaurants and cafes, so it looks like we will have to wait at least until June to schedule a meeting. We hope everyone is staying safe and staying sane,  Carol

For more information about Contemporary Issues please contact Carol McEowen at hc.ni1594496417weulb1594496417@newo1594496417ecmc1594496417


About our group:

We all get our news in different ways; some of us read the newspaper, some watch the nightly news, others subscribe to daily podcasts or read weekly journals or in-depth reports online. Each of us has our own passions and curiosities. But many like to share their knowledge or put questions out to a larger audience to help find sense in complex or puzzling issues. The AWC’s Contemporary Issues Group has been a forum for such exchange and questions for almost ten years.

Contemporary Issues started in 2006 when a small group of women decided that meeting regularly to would help them stay in touch and provide an opportunity to pool their knowledge on contemporary issues. They were looking for more than just coffee and small talk. The initial list of discussion topics included living as expatriates in Switzerland, the role of religion in contemporary society, global philanthropy and women in a changing world. Since then our (more or less) monthly discussions have included the pros and cons of nuclear power, women and pornography, caring for parents, US and Swiss election issues, fair-trade and even storytelling. We have covered all sorts of topics, some serious, some less so; our most recent session was on traveling alone as a woman.

For most meetings, one member our group puts together an outline on the chosen topic, but the outline is rarely followed as discussions go off on a myriad of surprising, but always pertinent tangents. Indeed a mix between serious discussion and lively exchange of ideas and stories is what keeps Contemporary Issues going; informality and open-mindedness are two key components. We all come away a little wiser; not just because of what we’ve learned, but also because we know there is so much we still don’t know.

We have started an ‘Admirable Women’ series, Mary Wollstonecraft was our first candidate. And we have also learned about Helene Schweitzer, Ruth Dreifuss and Bandana Rana, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg.