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1968: American Politics Transformed

Fifty years later, the presidential election and shattering events of 1968 still resonate. This course will examine the events and the participants in this transformative year in American history and politics, including: The Vietnam war and rising student protests; racial tensions and civil unrest; President Johnson's decision not to seek re-election; the insurgent candidacy of Gene McCarthy; the assassination of Martin Luther King; the candidacy and assassination of Robert F. Kennedy; and the resurrection of Richard M. Nixon. The class will make use of many writings and materials of the times and will be highly interactive.

Instructor Bio:

Michael M. Stahl has had a long career in public service, serving as a senior executive in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., for 30+ years. He served  for 20 years as an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University's Master's in Public Administration program in their School of Public Policy and International Affairs in Arlington, Virginia. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, and a certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.

Required Reading:


Recommended Reading:

White, Theodore. The Making of the President 1968, 1969. O'Donnell, Lawrence. Playing With Fire (The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics), 2017.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A403 Mike Stahl Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 Th 10:00-11:30 a.m. The Lodge at Old Trail WL

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