Acadia Senior College


America's Uncertain Future

October 14, 2022

9:00 a.m.

Online presentation

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The United States has weathered crises in the past, but today faces the accelerating impact of climate change and challenges to democratic government. Is political violence likely or possible? Will the military be called upon to hold the country together?

Richard Cohen practiced law for 12 years after graduating from Princeton and Yale Law School. He then was a trial judge for ten years and an appellate judge for eleven. He then conducted a mediation, arbitration, and special master practice for 23 years. In 2017 he retired and now has time to think about things.

Seth Singleton has taught international relations, most recently at the University of Maine, since he finished his doctorate at Yale. He has been academic dean in universities in the US and overseas. Revolutionary situations and their outcomes have been a particular interest since college days, and we now have to apply that analysis to our own country.

Fred Benson retired as an Army Colonel having served combat tours in Vietnam and Korea and Pentagon assignments in the offices of the Army Chief of Staff, the Secretary of the Army, and the Secretary of Defense. Subsequently, he was Vice President for National and International Affairs for the Weyerhaeuser Company, and was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II for his work as President of the US-New Zealand Business Council.

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