Course Description

Presidential Politics And American Identity

Instructor: Stan Cutler
Dates: Thursdays, Feb 2-Mar 23
Time: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Location: In-person at Center City (TUCC)


The course utilizes a public website with an archive of over 300 presidential campaign advertisements. Each 1½ hour session will begin with viewing representative campaign ads from a selected year, immediately leading to a fifteen-minute interactive discussion among class participants, followed by a brief PowerPoint lesson, followed by another discussion period and summary of lessons learned. The course will discuss campaign ads from 1948 to the present and explore what they teach us about the changing political scenes.
Pre-requisite: an open mind and a love of learning.
Maximum in-person registrants: 50



In-Person Courses
If you are enrolled in an in-person course, you will be required to:
  • follow current public health guidelines, which may include masking and social distancing, and are subject to change, while on campus.
  • provide proof of vaccination, or request a medical or religious exemption, prior to your first day of class. Students who have an approved exemption will be required to test for COVID-19 at least once a week. 
  • obtain a noncredit OwlCard. An OwlCard is a Temple-specific photo ID that will give you access to campus buildings and classrooms.
Once you are admitted to an in-person course, we will provide instructions on how to submit your vaccination record, or request a medical or religious exemption, as well as how to obtain a noncredit OwlCard.

Why when I’m registering do I join the Wait List?
Several of our courses are in high demand. In order to accommodate our members who are not tech-savvy and have trouble registering online, we created a registration system in which there is no advantage to registering early, no disadvantage to registering later.

When registering, you join the Wait List for each course. Don’t be alarmed. This does not mean the course is full. After the registration period is over, we run a lottery on the courses, and it randomly determines who is admitted to each course and who is not. You typically will receive notification regarding which courses you are admitted to, about two weeks before the start of the semester. If a course accepts 150 or more students, you are very likely to get into it.
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