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Monday, October 15, 2018

WHAT:  Talk titled, “The Lessons We Are NOT Learning—about Ourselves:  How the Trump Era has turned 'the good guys' upside down”

WHO:  David M. Schwam-Baird, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Master of Arts in International Affairs Program, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of North Florida

WHEN:  Monday, October 15, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00)

WHERE:  Buckman Bridge Unitarian Church, 8447 Manresa Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32244. (From the I-295 Roosevelt exit, go north to the first traffic light, Collins Rd. Turn right. Go 400 ft. The church driveway will be on your right.) For map click: http://firstcoastfreethoughtsociety.org/cms/lib/fcfs_bbuuc_map.gif

MEETING DESCRIPTION:  It seems as if so much has gone topsy-turvy since Donald Trump entered the White House. Any one of us freethinkers could instantly list the crazy things that the Trumpistas have done to scandalize the country, alienate friends around the world, funnel more wealth and power to the wealthiest, and encourage racism and intolerance. But other strange things may be happening, too—to us! Have our own political doctrines or attitudes been affected? Have we examined ourselves lately to make sure that we are keeping our political and moral compass in good working order? As freethinkers of whatever political persuasion, we are committed to applying critical rationality to everyone and everything. This includes making sure that we ourselves continue to live up to our own principles. So let’s check!

MEET THE SPEAKER:  Dr. David Schwam-Baird currently serves as Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) Program, in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, at the University of North Florida. He received his B.A. in Philosophy at the University of New Orleans; his Master's in Public Administration (MPA) at the School of Urban and Regional Studies, University of New Orleans; and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Tulane University.

Dr. Schwam-Baird teaches courses on International Politics, with an emphasis on the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe. He also teaches courses on Political Philosophy. He has travelled extensively abroad and has lived in Israel, France, and Belgium.  He has taught a semester at the University of Maryland for U.S. Military personnel in Germany and has taught one summer at Yeditepe University in Istanbul. David has lived in Jacksonville and taught at UNF since 1994. He has been a member of the First Coast Freethought Society since its earliest days, having served as president, vice president, and program chair in the past.


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