This experimental, two-credit course will focus on understanding key points of social and political contention in the contemporary United States, including but not limited to: overseas war, ecological crisis, extra-judicial violence, economic inequality, reproductive rights, and deportation threat. There is no pre-set syllabus; rather, the curriculum will be developed collaboratively by students and faculty facilitators. Students will be expected to work in small groups, and to produce research that is responsive to events that are unfolding in real-time. Key goals of the course are: (1) to develop critical information-gathering, reading and communication skills that produce clear and accurate understanding of complex and contentious subjects, and (2) to learn how to engage in collaborative and deliberative decision-making toward the development of action-oriented strategies and tactics. As part of the course, students will be expected to attend and participate in SCA’s program of spring events.