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[Past Event] American Political Culture: A Historical Perspective | Ryan Ranch

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Course Description:

During the past two decades, most notably since 2016, American politics has become increasingly polarized, acrimonious and vitriolic. Feelings of fear and expressions of outrage are common. Why is this so? Have we entered a unique period of division and anger, a sort of political version of climate change? Can our form of government continue to survive? Political scientist Steven Hughes explores these questions and more by examining the development of our political culture. He'll look at four critical periods in American history—constitutional origins, the Civil War, the Progressive Era, and the New Deal—to probe the development of our fundamental political values and beliefs and how these relate to our behavior.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Fridays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 *10:00 am - noon* (4 sessions)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. Seats are limited.


Steven W. Hughes, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of Politics and Public Administration at CSU Stanislaus. Among his many positions of responsibility at CSUS, he headed the Program in International and Multicultural Education, the Center for Public Policy Studies, and was also Speaker of the Faculty.