OLLI Torn from the Headlines series presents its January and February topics and speakers! This monthly series goes behind the headlines with a two-part program each month.  Hear first from an expert on the topic with an opportunity for an extended Q and A.  On the day following the session, join a continued facilitated discussion in the Commons.  Registration now open--$55 for the series (monthly January-June) or $10 per individual session.  Future topics and speakers to be announced based on current happenings watch for our February program.

January 11 & 12, 2021: The Role of the Federal Reserve and Financial Deregulation During the Trump Administration: How Will it/Should it Change under the Biden Administration?

Why is the Federal Reserve so much in the news lately? Its recent repeated rescue of the short-term funding market is one example. More broadly, the Trump Administration has pursued less regulation and oversight of financial institutions.  What have been the outcomes of this trend? What role does the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) – established by the Dodd-Frank Reform (2010) - play?  What goals and priorities should the Biden Administration have in relation to financial regulation?  In what direction will Janet Yellen take the Treasury Department, and how will its role complement the regulation policies of the Administration?
January 11, 2021 4-5 pm-- Presentation and extended Q & A with Professor Jeremy Kress
January 12, 2021 2-3 pm-- Facilitated discussion with Karen Bantel, Ph.D., OLLI member and instructor; former U-M Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy
Jeremy Kress is an Assistant Professor of Business Law at Michigan Ross.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2005, his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard, and JD from Harvard Law in 2010.  Professor Kress researches macroprudential financial regulation, with an emphasis on financial institution corporate governance.  Professor Kress teaches Legal Issues in Finance & Banking at Michigan Ross, and he has taught Financial Regulation at Michigan Law School.
Before entering academia, Professor Kress was an attorney in the banking regulation and policy group at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.  In that capacity, he drafted rules to implement the Dodd-Frank Act and Basel III, and he advised the Board on the legal permissibility of bank mergers and acquisitions. 
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February 8 & 9, 2021: New Muslim Alliances with Israel and their Impact on the Middle East
Why has the Trump Administration vigorously pursued normalized relations between Israel and Muslim states - that long have been aligned with the cause of the Palestinians – in recent months?  In December, Morocco joined Bahrain, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates in the Abraham Accords: agreements to set aside generations of hostilities toward Israel over the Palestinian conflict as part of a campaign to stabilize the Middle East and North Africa.  What are the key goals for Mr. Trump and Mr. Netanyahu, and what are the implications for the U.S.’s foreign policy in the Biden Administration? What other countries could suffer adverse consequences?  What is the likelihood that Saudi Arabia or other countries will enter such agreements, and under what conditions? How does this relate to other ongoing issues in the region? 
February 8, 2021 4-5 pm -- Presentation and extended Q & A with Professor Mark Tessler
February 9, 2021 2-3 pm -- Facilitated discussion with Karen Bantel, Ph.D., OLLI member and instructor; former U-M Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy

Mark Tessler is Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University, his B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, and has studied at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The University of Tunis where he received a Certificate of North African Sociology.  He specializes in Comparative Politics and Middle East Studies. He has studied and/or conducted field research in Tunisia, Israel, Morocco, Egypt, and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza). He is one of the very few American scholars to have attended university and lived for extended periods in both the Arab world and Israel. He has also spent several years teaching and consulting in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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