See below for some follow-up re our great meeting on populism. But, here’s a place to add topic ideas for next schedule (Jan-Apri ’12). You can also leaveideas in the “Suggest a Topic” page.
Some criteria to use when thinking up topics: (1) Lead to good discussions, (2) Learn something and fight clichés, (3) Timely/in the news, (4) Attract new members, (5) Diversity/novelty. Also, I find the best topics are neither to broad (“What is truth”) or too narrow (Does the individual mandate violate the Commerce clause?”).
Finally, be thinking if you want to be on the next topics committee. We need two people update: Mike and Linda volunteered], and it entails a single meeting of about 1.5 hours on or before the weekend of December 17.