POL 64 A — Shaping America’s Future: Exploring the Key Issues on Our Path to the 2024 Elections
- How can we harness the enormous power of artificial intelligence while at the same time mitigate its potential for harm? How will we balance the interests of free market capitalism and innovation against the clear need for regulation and thoughtful government oversight?
- How will our nation’s leadership address climate change at local, national, and international levels, and how will the outcome of the 2024 elections shape our ability to make needed progress?
- How can US citizens and politicians on both sides of the political aisle work together to help strengthen our commitment to democracy as well as to global democratic principles and institutions? How can we protect voting rights and legislation that reflects the interests of everyday people over interest groups and highly paid lobbyists?
- What role are social media, smartphones, and other popular technologies playing in the worsening mental health of America's young people, including Stanford students? And what steps must we take to help better protect our youth from the impacts of technology?
- How can we hold our elected officials accountable for addressing the widening wealth disparity in our nation and ensure greater opportunity for all, particularly younger Americans?
Guest Speakers will include:
Pam Karlan, Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic and Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law, Stanford Law School
David Simas, Former White House Political Director (Obama Administration)
Condoleezza Rice, Former US Secretary of State and current Director of the Hoover Institute, Stanford
Jamie Raskin, US Representative for Maryland's 8th Congressional District
General Jim Mattis, Former US Secretary of Defense (Trump Administration) and retired US Marine Corps Four-Star General
Tom Steyer, Climate Investor and Activist
Nicholas Kristof, Journalist and New York Times Op-Ed Columnist
Ruth Marcus, Journalist at The Washington Post
Steve Schmidt, Political Analyst, longtime Republican Campaign Strategist
Cecilia Kang, Technology and Regulation Journalist at New York Times
Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of the United States (Biden Administration)
Laurie Santos, Cognitive Scientist and Professor of Psychology at Yale
Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn and Internet Entrepreneur
Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and Chair of the Emerson Collective
Bill McKibben, Founder of Third Act and Co-Founder and Senior Advisor of Climate Campaign Group 350.org
Jane Fonda, Actor and Activist
Tom Friedman, Commentator and New York Times Op-Ed Columnist
Neal Katyal, Former US Principal Deputy Solicitor General (Obama Administration)
Please note: The list of speakers will continue to be updated, with more participants to come.
This course is designed for the entire Stanford community, and Continuing Studies students will be joined by Stanford undergraduates and Stanford graduate and professional students. This course may not be taken for a letter grade.
Students can choose to attend this course on campus or online. Sign up for Section A if you think you might attend class on the Stanford campus at least once. There is no commitment—you can still choose to attend via Zoom. Sign up for Section B if you know you will exclusively attend via Zoom.