Program Details

A Guided Discussion: American Social Issues

Luis Fleischman

Course Description

After a brief review of the week's topic by Dr. Fleischman, participants will explore and discuss the social concerns currently being discussed in Congress, in the media, and in classrooms. These topics will include social inequalities, race relations, the future of democracy, and gender-related issues. Different viewpoints will be presented, followed by an open discussion. Opinions are bound to vary! The success of this new format hinges on each attendee's tolerance and mutual respect. Space is Limited. 


  1. Social Stratification and Inequality
  2. Race Relations
  3. Gender Equality and LGBT
  4. The Future of American Democracy

About the Instructor

  • Luis Fleischman, Ph.D., earned his master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York City and a bachelor's degree in political science from Tel Aviv University. He is currently a professor of sociology at Palm Beach State College. Previously he worked for the Jewish Federations of Palm Beach County as Vice President for Community and Political Relations, where he worked on issues related to the Middle East, U.S. national security, and domestic issues. Fleischman is the author of “Latin America in the Post-Chavez Era: The Threat to the U.S. Security”; and “The Middle East Riddle: A Study of the Middle East Peace Process and Israeli-Arab Relations in Changing Times”, (2021). He is the founding co-president of the Palm Beach Center for Democracy and Policy Research.