*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Virginia Politics: Is New Political Activism Changing Both Major Parties?

Virginia’s political culture was once more distinct and did not follow the same paths and pathos as the rest of the nation. Virginia’s low-turnout elections and fiscal conservatism were hallmarks of a pride that residents had in a system that was held up as an exemplar of clean, if somewhat sleepy, slow-to-change government. Much has changed in the past 20 years as Virginia more and more has come to resemble national patterns and trends. The politics of this purple state are all-American and are changing faster than before. This class should allow participants the opportunity to engage in healthy discussions of political life and Virginia political history and the chance to help promote ways to restore trust, civility and respect to politics. We will discuss how new political activism may be changing both major parties in the state.

Instructor Bio:

Bob Gibson is senior researcher in UVA’s Academy for Civic Renewal and led the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership for eight years. He has a pair of degrees from the University of Virginia, a BA in government and foreign affairs received in 1972, and an MA in education awarded in 2014. Before coming to Sorensen, he spent three decades in journalism, serving as news director for WCHV radio for two years, and joining The Daily Progress in August of 1976 for 32 years in a number of positions with the newspaper.

Recommended Reading:

Atkinson, Frank B. The Dynamic Dominion, rev. ed., 2006.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A09 Bob Gibson Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 Tu 6:00-8:00 p.m. Senior Center WL

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