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Title: Fighting Aggression
Course Section Number: FRT-101-04
Department: Freshman Tutorial
Description: Scott Himsel is a lawyer who loves to hear good arguments on both sides of every question. He also loves to apply lessons from the past to help resolve the most difficult questions we face today. Russian leader Vladimir Putin has attacked Ukraine, intentionally killing civilians including children, attacking hospitals and schools, and causing millions to flee as refugees. Should the United States send troops to fight in Ukraine? If not, should we impose a no-fly zone? Arm Ukraine? Bolster the defenses of other Eastern European nations that border Russia? If we don't take such steps, will we embolden Putin to invade other nations? If we do take such steps, will we spark World War III? So much is so uncertain. Indeed, the Ukrainian struggle is evolving so quickly that the questions we ask in this course may change by the time it begins in August. Where do we look for guidance about how to answer such difficult questions? What qualities of character and leadership do we need as the world seems to be shifting to a time of greater danger? Many have compared Putin's aggression against Ukraine to Hitler's aggression during World War II. Can we draw lessons about what we should do today from the successful alliance that President Franklin D. Roosevelt ("FDR") and Winston Churchill built to fight Hitler? That alliance won World War II and kept the peace in Europe for over seventy years until Putin invaded Ukraine earlier this year. This is the very alliance Putin now seeks to destroy. We will also explore how Eleanor Roosevelt ("ER") fought to promote universal human rights and inclusion for religious minorities, racial minorities, and women during World War II and how she embedded those values into the United Nations. Putin also seeks to demolish this legacy. FDR, ER, and Churchill not only led their nations to victory despite terrible odds. They also overcame great personal difficulties that would have ended the careers of lesser persons. We can learn much by delving into the history of their time.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: August 24, 2022
End Date: December 17, 2022
Meeting Information: 08/25/2022-12/15/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 09:45AM - 11:00AM, Baxter Hall, Room 212
Faculty: Himsel, Scott

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Section Name/Title Status Dept. Capacity Enrolled/
Fighting Aggression
CLOSED Freshman Tutorial 16 16 / 0 / 0