Acadia Senior College

Course offerings

131/116: The 131 Women of the New (116th) CongressCancelled

James Clunan, Kathleen McQuaid

St. Mary’s Episcopal Chapel, 5 Kimball Road, Northeast Harbor
This class will investigate and discuss the prospects for bi-partisan cooperation among the 131 women in the newly elected 116th Congress. Each participant will closely follow the speeches, daily calendars, legislation advocated, and constituent services of two women - one Democrat, one Republican. Using this focused research, class members will initially deliver summary introductions of their “pair.” Subsequently, the class will analyze the chances for collaboration on major national issues, including modernizing American capitalism through universal child care and pre-K, an annual wealth tax, clean energy and infrastructure restoration, constraining giant corporations, and increasing workers’ bargaining power. The class will also consider their evolving views on major issues such as climate change, foreign policy, criminal justice reform, firearms legislation, and LGBTQ rights, among others.
About the instructors

Jim Clunan, Princeton, AB, History and Biology; George Washington University, Public Administration. Jim served two years in the U.S. Army and 32 years in the Foreign Service at eight overseas posts and at the State Department in Washington, where he served for two years on the staff of a 12-term Congressman. Jim taught Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College. With his wife, Dorothy, Jim instigated the establishment of the Acadia Senior College.

Kathleen McQuaid holds a PhD in Political Science, an MA in International Relations/Comparative Politics, and a BA in History/Asia Studies from Temple University. During her teaching career, she offered courses across multiple sub-disciplines, including Women and Politics and Women and the Law. She is now Professor of Political Science Emeritus living on MDI.