Meeting Agenda – September 11, 2017

Legislative Update: A regular feature of West County Democrats general meetings is the Legislative Update presented by Glenn Koenen.  Have you ever wondered what our elected officials do aside from raising money for their next campaign?  Glenn provides a compact view of legislative initiatives proposed by our lawmakers at the national and state level.  If it is important to understand exactly what our officials are doing or not doing to improve the well being, health and safety of our community, you can always find his summary on the Legislative Issues page or for his latest summary click here.

Presentation Topic:   “Changing the Climate Conversation – Resolving Global Climate Change Without National Action”

Speaker:  Dr. Amanda Rosen, Webster University

Description:  Scientists are more certain than ever that climate change is a growing, human-induced problem with severe ramifications for the entire world.  Yet, many policymakers—including high-ranking people in the Trump Administration—refuse to acknowledge the existence or scope of the problem, much less take action.  In this talk, we will discuss the economic, social, health, and security implications of climate change, the causes of climate skepticism, the role of government at all levels—local, state, national, and international—in solving this problem, and the Trump Administration’s record on climate change. We will conclude with a frank assessment of policy solutions to this growing global problem and some causes for hope.

About the speaker: Dr. Amanda M. Rosen is the Worldwide Director of International Relations and the Global MA program at Webster University, where she also holds the positions of associate professor of politics and international relations and Fellow in the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.  Her research focuses on the politics of climate change, human rights of the family, and the design and use of simulations and games and other pedagogical tools in the political science classroom. She has a PhD and MA in political science from Ohio State University and a BA from Duke University in Political and Economic Studies of Europe. Dr. Rosen is the 2016 recipient of the APSA’s CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation and the 2017 recipient of the ISA’s Deborah Gerner Innovative Teaching Award and Webster University’s William T. Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence. Her recent work can be found in Politics & Policy, International Studies Perspectives, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

As always, we will be collecting for Circle of Concern.  For info click here.

Please join us for lunch following the meeting at the Pasta House on Manchester just west of Weidman at 14007 Manchester Rd. Ballwin, MO. 63011

For the notes from the August meeting, click here.

Contact person:  Terry Gates / 314-991-2529 /