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The Boulder Colorado World Affairs Discussion Group

Meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Meadows Library

About the Group
  The Boulder World Affairs Discussion Group is attended by people interested in discussing current events and topics of state, national and international interest. New participants are always welcome!

The Boulder-WADG group meets each Tuesday morning at 10:00 at the Meadows Branch of the Boulder Library located behind the Meadows shopping center at Baseline Road and Foothills Parkway. During the first hour we discuss current events or a topic selected by that week's volunteer leader. The second hour's discussion typically focuses on a book selected for the group. Both hours are lead by a volunteer and terse eloquence is appreciated.

The Boulder WADG group members include Harry Benton, Willette Burson, Robert Bushnell, John Bynum, Rusty Cannon, Attilio Catanzano, Yeida Chang, Rosemary Cooke, John Cowley, Nicole DeLorimier, Gail Dohrmann, Zetta Feder, John Forbes, Ed Fuchs, Bob Gafvert, Marion Gately, Margaret Gelatt, Gilberto Gonzalez, Joan Graff, Anna Grinberg, Cherylann Harrington, Ben Harrison, Ken Hausfather, Herb Held, Bruce Hudspeth, Trudy Hughes, Sylvia Hultkrans, Jack Herring, Amy Jaffe, George Langer, Andy Lattanzi, Jane Lederle, Rob Luneburg, Doug Macdonald, Bernard Mendonca, Roger Moment, Walt Petersen, Mark Rochkind, Phillip Rogers, Bruce Rothenberg, John Rushton, Rob Rutherford, Gabriele Sattler, Kathleen Saunders, Randy Schwartz, Paul Silvers, Art Smoot, Steven Steinbach, Kay Stevens, Larry Sutton, Jeff Wade, David Walden, Laura Lynn Walsh, Paul Weisskopf, Tony Wells, Charlie Winn, Larry Winston, Sherrie Wolff, John Woodruff, Jim Yanus and Art Zirger.

Here are the general guidelines of the group and here are our running attendance figures.

Our Books and Articles
  We typically read a book over the course of several weeks, depending on the subject and its length. Once a book is finished we vote on the next book to be read. Typically the person who suggests the book leads the initial discussion. We also will choose to discuss an article in a magazine or web site. Here we normally only discuss it for one week.
Starting on August 30th, we will discuss the article Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart. This is a long article and will be discussed over at least two weeks. Leading the discussion will be Joan Graff and Sherri Wolff.

The books that are currently up for discussion are:
StatusDate Title Author Submitter
submitted 2016 summer   The New Trail of Tears: How Washington is Destroying American Indians (book)   Naomi Riley   Marc Rochkind
submitted 2016 summer   The Industries of the Future   Alec Ross   Doug Macdonald
submitted 2016 summer   2030 - The Real Story of What Happens to America   Albert Brooks   Tom Hall
submitted 2016 summer   Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis   J. D. Vance   Marc Rochkind
submitted 2016 spring   BrExit Do-Over? It's a Hacker Prank   Tiffany Gabbay   Dave Walden

Here are links to Articles submitted by various members of our group . These are Frequently Updated. Some of these have been discussed within the group.

Click here to suggest a book or an article for consideration.

Some books that we have considered in the past are here.

Miscellaneous Stuff
 

At the beginning of each year we make predictions for the upcoming year. Here are our predictions for this year (2016) along with links to earlier years.

Here are some observations about civilization at the end of 2015.

Here are Other Groups within the Boulder Libraries.

Here are the results of a quick survey of the attendees about their news sources.

Here are some historical lists of the WADG attendees in 1991, 1997, 2004 and 2015.

Here are some suggestions from Mark Rochkind about the dangers of opening email.

And finally, here are some suggestions for addressing problems with your computer.