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COSI (Conversations on Social Issues)

Most Thursdays at noon; Virtually on Zoom (unless otherwise noted)

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Each of these sessions will take place on Zoom, on Thursdays from Noon to 1pm!

4/18: Israel and Palestine 101: Dr. Wendy Pearlman, Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University

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5/2: Environmental Injustice in Palestine: Dr. Lubna Alzaroo, Lecturer in the Program on the Environment at University of Washington 

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5/9: Hamas: Origins and Evolution: Dr. Maria Tedesco, Associate Teaching Professor of Islam at Seattle University 

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5/16: Antisemitism and Instrumentalized Claims of Antisemitism in an Era of White Christian Nationalism: Diana Dvora Falchuk and Dr. Rachel E. Luft, Diaspora Alliance 

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5/23: What is Jewish Antizionism?: Bellamy Jacobs and Greta Treistman, faculty librarians at Seattle Colleges 

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5/30: Homelessness in the U.S. & Palestine: Dr. Amy Hagopian, Professor Emeritus in Public Health, University of Washington 

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6/6: The Media Landscape, Mis- and Disinformation, and Information Literacy in the Current Moment

with Central librarians Katy Dichter, Alyssa Jocson Porter, and Greta Treistman

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Why does the library host Conversations on Social Issues? Libraries in America promote the freedom of information and the open exchange of ideas. Though none of us will agree with everything that is written in all the library’s books and databases, we provide them so the community we serve can learn from a wide range of viewpoints. This same philosophy is expressed by providing space for a discussion series on social issues. By providing a forum for the exchange of ideas we are able to learn from the experiences and expertise of our Seattle Central College community. At the COSI sessions, everyone should feel free to express their own opinion and be respectful of what others have to say.

Click COSI Archives to browse sessions by quarter, starting from winter 2013. These topic guides all include recommended sources for further information, and some also provide session recordings and/or presentation slides.