For over three decades, WPBT2’s Viewpoint has brought various religious leaders and scholars together for discussions on topics of religious, moral and ethical importance to both South Florida and the world.
The goal of this monthly religion roundtable program is to provide a means by which the numerous religions of our community can come together to openly discuss timely and vital issues.
As communities grow and diversify, faith becomes an increasingly significant factor, and each religion offers a unique solution to the concerns of the community. How do today’s young adults view religion and spirituality? Is religion hampering science? Who hates in the name of God?
Spearheaded by host Steve Gushée, Viewpoint attempts to answer these and other questions in an effort to foster communication within the community and help educate viewers on different points of view.
Sunday, September 6 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, September 20 @ 12:30 PM
Cost & Ethics of Higher Education According to the U.S. Labor Department, over the last 30 years a four-year degree has increased over one-thousand percent. Moreover, pursuing an advanced education is at an all-time high. Most public colleges and universities have experienced a drop in state funding; leaving it is up to the institution to make up the difference in fees. In most cases, this means higher tuition for a commodity that’s already too expensive, especially given its rate of return. Apart from rising costs, tuition, and debt, the trajectory of higher education is in question. What higher education model is best for our nation’s graduates and taxpayers?
Guests: Michael Heithaus, Ph.D., Florida International University Dart Humeston, Barry University Avis Proctor, Ed.D., Broward College- North Campus Lenore P. Rodicio, Ph.D., Miami Dade College
Sunday, August 2 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, August 16 @ 12:30 PM
Immigration reform has been a growing concern for many, particularly those of us who live in South Florida. Even before presidential hopeful Donald Trump made his now infamous, however controversial comments about Mexican illegal immigrants, what to do about the American immigration system weighs heavily on the minds of many, politicians or otherwise. What do we owe – as a matter of justice – to those who do pursue the American dream illegally?
Laura L. Finley, Ph.D., Barry University Gepsie M. Metellus, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center Christine J. Reis, Esq., St. Thomas University School of Law Ediberto Roman, J.D., Florida International University School of Law
Sunday, June 4 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, June 21 @ 12:30 PM
The Pope, Social Justice and Cuba-U.S. Relations In September, Pope Francis will be traveling to both Cuba and the United States after having mediated talks between the two countries leading to President Obama’s removal of cold war sanctions. This raises questions about the Vatican’s role in America foreign policy and its influences in the transformation of Cuba. What can we hope will come from the pope’s visit?
Guests: Sebastian A. Arcos, Florida International University Jose Azel, Ph.D., University of Miami Ondina A. Cortes, Ph.D., St. Thomas University Elsie M. Miranda, Ph.D., Barry University
Sunday, May 3 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, May 17 @ 12:30 PM
Religious Freedom Restoration Act Recently the Supreme Court heard closing arguments in a case about the constitutional right to same-sex marriage. In June, the nine justices are expected to make a final decision. They will either grant each state the right to continue to define marriage as each state sees fit, or rule that all marriages must be recognized, including same-sex unions. What will the impact of this decision be on same-sex couples in Florida?
Guests: Donald Jones, J.D., University of Miami School of Law Antonio Lopez, Access Global Howard Simon, Ph.D., ACLU of Florida
Sunday, April 5 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, April 19 @ 12:30 PM
Netanyahu Re-Election: Impact on Middle East Having reached a tentative agenda for nuclear non-proliferation and the ending of Iranian sanctions, the Obama Administration remains cautiously optimistic regarding relations with Iran, while others are highly skeptical. Newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a leading critic of the talks, saying negotiations would “endanger Israel, the Middle East and the peace of the world”. Our panel of guests discuss the impact of Netanyahu’s re-election for future peace in the Middle East.
Guests: Rabbi Jaime Klein Aklepi, Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom Daniel Alvarez, M.A., M.T.S., Florida International University Chaim Shacham, Consul General of Israel to Florida Amanullah De Sondy, Ph.D., University of Miami