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October Hot Topic - Social Media

The public is invited to all Hot Topic gatherings to become informed on a wide variety of topics. This is a time to check in with members of LWV, make new friends, invite your neighbors and colleagues to experience the League in an informal setting.

Jenn Wells of Jenn Wells Design
Jennifer Wells of Jenn Wells Design

What is Social Media, and how should we be using it within the League? Jennifer Wells will give an overview of Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and explain how they are used. As a blogger and young entrepreneur, Jennifer maintains a strong Social Media presence for her own business, Jenn Wells Design, and has agreed to share her knowledge with us.

There will be two sessions, over lunch on Monday October 23 from 11:30am-1pm, or in the evening on Tuesday October 24 6:30-8pm. Both sessions will be held at the Greene Turtle in Christiana.

social media icons The sessions will include hands-on practice, so bring your smart phone, tablet, and/or laptop computer along. We'll start with LWVDE and LWVUS's own social media feeds as examples.

All are welcome to attend. We'll be in the private room up front, and use the overhead televisions as instructional aids. Food/beverages can be ordered as desired from the regular menu.

The Christiana Greene Turtle is just off of Route 7 near the Delaware SPCA. See our calendar page for directions.

TED #2 - Johann Hari

syringe, pills and powder LWVNCC will host a viewing of Johann Hari's 2015 TEDGlobalLondon talk, "Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong," followed by an informal discussion on the topic of drug addiction and treatment.

  • Evening session: Wednesday Oct 25, 6:30-8pm at the Fellowship Hall of New Ark UCC (on Main Street in Newark).
  • Weekend session: Saturday Nov 4, 10:30am-noon Appoquinimink Library meeting room (Middletown).

Johann Hari speaking
British journalist Johann Eduard Hari

What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do -- and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

LWVNCC TED viewings/discussions are free and open to the public. See our calendar page for directions to the venues.

TED - Ideas worth spreading

November Great Decisions - Nuclear Security

The Great Decisions discussion group holds regular monthly sessions at the Newark public library. The final topic for 2017 is "Nuclear Security: The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear Weapons," on Monday November 13 at 1:30 pm. Contact Vicky Kleinman for more information about the Great Decision discussion group, and if you are interested in joining group members for lunch at Skipjack prior to the meeting. See our calendar page for directions to the Newark library.

Great Decisions group Sept.2017
The September 2017 Great Decisions discussion group

The September 2017 topic was "Latin America's Political Pendulum," and October was "Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan".

2018 Great Decision Topics

Great Decisions Booklet The Foreign Policy Association has announced the Great Decision discussion topics for 2018 as follows:
1. The waning of Pax Americana?
2. Russia's foreign policy
3. China and America: the new geopolitical equation
4. Media and foreign policy
5. Turkey: a partner in crisis
6. U.S. global engagement and the military
7. South Africa's fragile democracy
8. Global health: progress and challenges

President's Message - Season for Renewal

The League of Women Voters of New Castle County (LWVNCC) President Marjorie Johnson's message to members for October 2017 is included below...

Marj Johnson
LWVNCC President Marj Johnson

"I just returned from a wondering hiking trip to the four corners area -- so many beautiful and different national parks -- and I expected to return the end of Sept. to fall in the East. Instead, I arrived to sweltering summer! What a crazy season we have had!

Speaking of seasons, it is the season of membership renewal. Thank you to all of you have joined, rejoined, paid your dues, and/or made donations. As you may know, we are quite dependent on membership dues and donations to fund our activities, so if you have not yet joined, or rejoined, please send in your membership form and your dues. A follow-up letter will be coming out soon, but you can save us all the postage if you go ahead and send in your membership by mail or online.

We are also looking to add fundraisers to our activities to help bolster our budget, so please let Letty or me know if you have ideas or would like to implement or work on any fundraisers.

We have been trying some new things this fall with the addition of Tuesday night Hot Topics groups to meet the needs of working people. And in October there will be numerous gatherings in the Newark, Bear, and Middletown areas to hear and discuss a variety of TED talks related to the League's mission. We hope you will come out for these sessions and stay informed and up to date.

Thank you to all members who are working on various committees to effect policies that will take our country forward toward justice and sustainability. It only takes one person to make a difference, and each of you in the League is making a difference in your own way. Keep up the good work!"   -- Marj Johnson

September Hot Topic - ACE and Addiction

On Sept 25 & 26, psychiatric nurse Michelle Lauer spoke on the topic of trauma or adverse childhood events and their impact on substance use disorders. In her talk, Michelle explored types of addiction, and the relationship of Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) on future health behaviors.

Related resources: ACE and Resiliency score-sheets can be found on the website. These can be used as medical screening or individual self-awareness tools. Trauma Matters Delaware, whose mission is to support trauma-informed treatment approaches, invites community members to join their mailing list and/or ACES Connection group at

The group is sponsoring a "Building Community Resilience" workshop on Addressing Trauma in Delaware on October 4, 2017, from 5:30-9:30am at Wilmington University's New Castle Campus.

Michelle Lauer speaking at Sept 2017 Hot Topic
Michelle Lauer presenting the Hot Topic on Sept 26 at Michaels

TED #1 - Bryan Stevenson

prison cells In mid-October, LWVNCC hosted two viewings of Bryan Stevenson's 2012 TED talk, "We Need to Talk About an Injustice," followed by informal discussions on prison and social justice topics.

Bryan Stevenson is a public-interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. He's the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

His engaging and personal TED Talk from 2012 has been translated into 32 languages and inspired millions of viewers. The presentation handout is available in PDF form.

LWVNCC TEDsters at Bear Library, October 2017
TEDsters Nicole, Michelle, Jenn, Cami and Robert - spreading ideas

TED - Ideas worth spreading

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