Inflation, labor shortages and other hot topics dominate Alexandria's Senior College spring lecture series

The spring 2022 lecture series starts Tuesday, March 15.

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ALEXANDRIA — This spring's lineup of Senior College lectures at Alexandria Technical and Community College will offer insights to anyone who wants to learn more about labor shortages, inflation and other hot topics.
Other timely lectures will touch on inflation, vaccines, climate, the Supreme Court, and one called "The Fateful Triad: The United States, China, and Russia." Other lectures are more timeless, covering the history of the American West, astrobiology, and treaties.
Though the series is aimed at those age 50 and up, any adult is welcome to join. The lectures occur Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 15-April 28, from 3:15-4:45 p.m. via Zoom. The $110 cost covers 14 lectures.
In the event that in-person sessions are possible, a hybrid of on-campus and live stream lectures will be offered. Connection is safe via any device with internet access that has audio – computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, the college says.
Here's the lineup of lectures:

  • Surviving the Retail Apocalypse: Charting the Future of Retail in a Changing World, Paula Pentel, Geography/Urban Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Global Labor Markets: Why the Labor Shortage is Likely to Continue, Alfred Marcus, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
  • Forces Driving Inflation in the COVID Era, Kelly Hughes, Economics, Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Coming of Age in Stressful Times: Young Adult Views of Politics, Civic Engagement and Public Service, Roger Rose, Political Science, University of Minnesota Morris
  • Don’t Corrupt the Youth! (Or Else!) – The Trial of Socrates, Jay Sieling, Philosophy, Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • The Favorable Economics of Solving the Climate Challenge, Jay Coggins, Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
  • Street Art, Graffiti, and Artistic Activism, Lisa Waldner, Sociology, University of St. Thomas
  • History of Vaccines – Debates and Controversies, Rachel Johnson, Biology, University of Minnesota Morris
  • Behind the Scenes of the U.S. Supreme Court, Tim Johnson, Political Science/Law School, University of Minnesota
  • Astrobiology without Biology: Will AI be Our Emissary or Our Bottleneck?, Noreen Herzfeld, Science and Religion, St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict
  • The Fateful Triad: The United States, China, and Russia, Tom Hanson, Diplomat in Residence, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • The Truth about Treaties: Why Treaties Matter in Minnesota, Katrina Philips, History, Macalester College
  • “Indians and Cowboys?” Rethinking the History of the American West, Derek Larson, History, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University
  • The Power of Unusual Collaborations, AnnMarie Thomas, Engineering/Entrepreneurship University of St. Thomas

Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 320-762-4510 or 888-234-1313, or visit
Senior College offered its first season in 2007. It draws faculty from Minnesota’s colleges and universities on a range of topics, including history, political science and economics, science and literature, philosophy, art, and current affairs. The lectures offer college-level learning without tests, grades or degrees.

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