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POL 61 — Politics 2022: America at a Crossroads

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Oct 3—Dec 5
Time: 5:30—7:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 5
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $405
Instructor(s): James Steyer
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: The course will meet on 8 Mondays between October 3 and December 5. There will be no class on November 21. The exact schedule will be posted before class begins.
Fall
Live Online(About Formats)
Mondays
5:30—7:00 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Oct 3—Dec 5
8 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 5
1 Unit
Fees
$405
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
James Steyer
Recording
Yes
Registration opens Aug 22 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: The course will meet on 8 Mondays between October 3 and December 5. There will be no class on November 21. The exact schedule will be posted before class begins.
We are living in extraordinary times. The historic convergence of social, economic, and public health challenges has profoundly impacted the lives of millions of Americans. In the midst of great uncertainty, the 2022 US midterm elections will be among the most important in our lifetime. Will the Trump wing of the Republican party dominate their approaching reelection amid deep political polarization and the evolving Covid pandemic, which has upended life as we know it? Or will a diverse yet fractured Democratic party prevail in the House and Senate?

We will assemble a wide range of expert speakers—including preeminent political, business, foreign policy, and academic leaders—to explore these questions and more as we seek to cultivate a broad and informed view of these pivotal elections and the overall state of American politics and democratic institutions. Guest speakers will include, among others: Hillary Clinton (former secretary of state); Senator Cory Booker; Congressman Adam Schiff; Thomas Friedman and Nicholas Kristof (The New York Times); Ruth Marcus (The Washington Post); Deval Patrick (former governor of Massachusetts); Michael Tubbs (former mayor of Stockton); Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai; NAACP President Derrick Johnson; John King, Arne Duncan, and Margaret Spellings (former secretaries of education); Steve Schmidt (political strategist); Mark McKinnon (political advisor); Linda Darling Hammond (Stanford professor of education, emeritus); and Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard law professor).

Each week, the course will examine major topics at stake for the country. Anticipated topics include: widening inequality across America; the role of technology and media in the election and our democracy; the state of our economy; gender politics and racial violence; the Supreme Court and the rule of law; education policy; foreign policy; and the state of our democracy in a global context.

This course is designed for the entire Stanford community, and Continuing Studies students will be joined by Stanford undergraduate and graduate students.

JAMES STEYER
Founder and CEO, Common Sense Media; Adjunct Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education

James Steyer has taught courses at Stanford for more than 30 years. He has received many teaching honors, including the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the author of The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on Our Children, Talking Back to Facebook: The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age, and Which Side of History? How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives.