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ENRICH-0051 – Soc Sci: The "Other" America (ENRICH-0051_OTHR)

Red States, Blue States & the Other United States

If there’s one distinct and accepted lesson taken from the 2016 presidential election, it’s that our fellow citizens harbor deep differences in how they understand the world around them. These differences are not new. For example, the “culture war” has been discussed for decades and the 2000 presidential election gave us the Red and Blue labels used today as shorthand for geographically organizing these political variances. But the divide seems to have come into sharper focus recently. Drawing on insight gleaned from two acclaimed books, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 National Book Award Winner, Between the World & Me, and Arlie Russell Hochschild’s 2016 National Book Award Finalist, Strangers in Their Own Land, Associate Professor of Political Science Joshua Wilson leads a thoughtful examination into the reasons and repercussions of today’s political atmosphere. As the class discusses the very distinct lived experiences in the U.S., as portrayed in these books, various social science resources will provide historic and political context in which to better understand them and the people whose experiences they present. While the course does not pretend to resolve political divides, it does aim to expose its participants in a deeper, more meaningful way to the differences that exist both within our country and even among our political allies. Come away with a more nuanced understanding of those with whom you may disagree!

Four sessions
Tue., 7-9 pm, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 2017
Location: Room 479, Sturm Hall, DU campus

Joshua Wilson is an associate professor of Political Science at DU. His research concerns the varying abilities of political and social movements to use law in the pursuit of political ends. He is the author of two books, including The New States of Abortion Politics, published in 2016.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 29Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $175


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Tuesday12th September 20173rd October 201707:00PM - 09:00PMSturm HallJoshua Wilson