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'Viewpoints' offers many diverse discussion topics

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." This statement, made by Aristotle, is the mantra of "Viewpoints."

No topic is out of bounds. They can range from local, national or international politics, our educational system, drugs, social mores, immigration, the Middle East, Iran, Terrorism, the EU, or anything else that is of interest to you as well as an interesting topic that you believe is not discussed enough or at all.

I'm sure this coming summer's semester most likely will include the presidential election. I'm sure the class will want to discuss and give its opinion of the Republican presidential nominee, is he a strong opposition candidate against President Obama, should President Obama be re-elected and why, etc.

The class is diverse, made up of people of many varied backgrounds, experiences and opinions. We will discuss any issue, share our thoughts and listen to other ideas, including what facts formed those conclusions.

There is no pre-set agenda. The participants choose the issues they want to discuss at the first session. This gives everyone wanting time to do research on the matter before the topic is discussed.

We try to prove the quote, "A truly educated person is the one who ever increasingly becomes aware of his or her ignorance." All ideas and opinions are valued and respected, regardless of how they may differ.

Class members are from all spectrums of the political scale. Yet, we find that depending on the subject matter, there is more room at times for agreement than differences of opinion. Our sessions are always exciting. Though there is agreement on some issues, at other times opinions are as numerous as the number of class participants.

If you are looking for such an experience, then "Viewpoints," at OLLI, will satisfy that search. Come and join stimulating discussions at our upcoming summer session. I assure you, you will not be bored.

Registration will begin later this month and classes begin June 4. A following column will give further details of this summer's offerings.

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) is a peer directed membership organization at Yavapai College's Prescott campus and NAU's Prescott Valley building, next to the library. OLLI offers over 200 peer facilitated classes during a five, six-week sessions a year. For more information or to get on the mailing list, call 717-7634.

Y "Turk" Kangal is a member and facilitator at OLLI.

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