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Virginia Politics: What Is Shaping Change In 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 changing faster than before, now leaning toward the blue side of purple. 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 and other factors are changing both major parties in the state.

Instructor Bio:

Bob Gibson is communications director and senior researcher in UVA’s Cooper Center for Public Service and led the Center's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership for eight years. He has a BA in government and foreign affairs, and an MA in education from the University of Virginia. Before coming to Sorensen, he spent three decades in journalism, serving as news director for WCHV radio for two years, before joining The Daily Progress in 1976 where he served for 32 years.

Recommended Reading:

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

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B212 Bob Gibson Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20 Tu 6:00-8:00 p.m. Senior Center WL

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