2020 Visions: Working Forward
Mellon Room in the Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road, Northeast Harbor.
As America rolls toward the November 2020 elections, good citizens ask: What are the possible futures of American politics and society? This course explores that question. The first class will assess the challenges and opportunities before us through analyzing the 2016, 2018 and pending 2020 elections. The second class will envision American political parties post 2020 based on four distinct outcomes in 2020 and the 2021-2025 scenarios that could unfold from each. The core of the course will explore the prospect of building a better America by envisioning a political path through six dimensions of a progressive future: Democracy, Funding Public Good, Resilience, Healthcare, Education, and Becoming a Harmonious Minority Majority Country.
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.