2020 Visions: A Discussion
Mellon Room, Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road, Northeast Harbor.
The 2018-midterm elections did not resolve whether Trump and Trumpism are epiphenomenal or an enduring force in American politics. Citizens now seek perspective on our national politics and possible futures. This course will present a seasoned activist’s views on what has happened, what is to be done, and what we may achieve or must endure in the next decade. It will be a dialogue in which participants engage contemporary American politics. The organizer will frequently invite guests whom he knows will offer counter-point on his perspectives. The first hour of each meeting will be a robust presentation by the organizer and counter-point by guests; the second will be an open discussion. The seven classes will address: 1) The Present Danger: Trump, Trumpism, and Our American Moment 2) Class in American History and Past Politics 3) Race in American History and Past Politics 4) The Republican and Democratic Parties 1964-2001 5) The Republican and Democratic Parties 2001-2016 6) In Our Times: 2016-2019 7) To 2020 and Beyond: What Is To Be Done?
About the instructor
Jack Russell was born and raised on Mount Desert Island. Educated for a tweedy academic life as a literary historian, in the 1960s he redirected his energies to a half-century as community organizer, policy analyst, organizational leader, and single-shingle consultant. Since returning to MDI in 2006, he has worked on conservation, written on national and local politics and regional history, offered ASC courses on Acadian and island history, Walden and Moby Dick.