America's Expansion, Influence, and Uncertain Global Power

None at Strong Rope Brewery

Mon, Jan 22 at 7:30 p.m.   |   90 minutes

We'll look at how America became the dominant economic industrial power and then the world’s greatest military and political entity.

Becoming a Superpower

Taught by Ward Regan


The Olio examines the U.S from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War II, the period when America became the dominant economic industrial power and then the world’s greatest military and political entity. This involves an examination both of political and economic matters, the two world wars and the beginning of the Cold War.


Maintaining Dominant Global Power

Taught by Manny Rodeiro


This Olio will explore the Supreme Court case of Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill (1978). The case was a landmark environmental decision in which we can see the Court grappling with a question at the core of environmental philosophy: “Does nature have intrinsic value (i.e., worth in-and-of-itself) beyond its instrumental value (i.e., what we can use it for)?” Furthermore, we will discuss the aftermath of the case as a potential illustration of why many citizens are skeptical of the competence of the federal government;* while concurrently, commenting on what this means for the country’s long term prospects of maintaining its position as the dominant global power?

* A 2017 Gallup survey shows that only 28% of the population had a favorable view of the federal government.

Teacher: Olio Happy Hour
Venue: Strong Rope Brewery

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