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Cafe Society to discuss population issues

By Staff | Jul 3, 2015

The next session of the Cafe Society discussions will focus on population issues including current and historic efforts to manage the human resources of nations. The discussions are held each Tuesday morning from 8:30 until 10 a.m. in the Potomac Room on the second floor of the Shepherd University Student Center. Students and community members are encouraged to participate. There are no registration requirements or fees.

Mike Austin, co-facilitator of the sessions along with Art Wineburg commented, “This is a very provocative and timely topic that has broad ramifications for our economy and our ability to sustain an acceptable quality of life for our citizens. There are obvious moral, ethical and broad cultural aspects that must be factored into any approach. Inherent in any discussion are such factors as mounting pressures on the family, the aging population of many nations, as well as unresolved life-style issues that impact longevity and viability. Undoubtedly some of these important issues will emerge in the coming presidential election.”

Austin also added, “We are currently developing the slate of Cafe Society topics to be discussed in the fall semester of the Shepherd University Lifelong Learning program. Suggested topics are welcome from the community. There is no effort to pursue a particular agenda, or take sides on important issues. Our intent is to have an open and balanced discussion that takes advantage of the tremendous knowledge and experience of our friends and neighbors in and around Shepherdstown.”

For additional information, contact Austin at 304-876-0598 or Wineburg at 304-876-2586.