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Lifelong Learning - The 2022 Elections and the State of U.S. Politics

October 10 to 24, 2022 at 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. EDT
Hosted Virtually by IUAA

Three Mondays, Oct. 10–24

7–8:15 p.m. ET

Virtual class offered via Zoom*

$50 per person


Most recent U.S. elections have been “wave” elections, so how substantial will the wave be in 2022, and which party will benefit? In these polarized times, with the stakes even higher, voter turnout has increased, but it’s still remarkably low for a democracy. The two parties are as far apart on issues and “emotional distance” as they have ever been. For many partisans, hatred of the other party is an even bigger motivator in politics than is support for their own party. How does this polarization affect our ability to deal with issues big and small? How does it affect our ability to conduct elections whose results are accepted as legitimate? How does it affect the stability of a democratic system of government in the United States? We’ll address all these issues and leave plenty of time to discuss questions and concerns.

*Please note: This course is a virtual learning opportunity held via the online platform, Zoom. The link needed to participate will be supplied via email prior to the first class session.

About the Instructor:

Marjorie Hershey is professor emerita of political science and philanthropic studies. Her research focuses on U.S. political parties, voting, and communication. She has written several books and numerous articles and has won a host of teaching awards. In addition to her academic work, Hershey runs the Foster Closet of Monroe County and the Hoosier-to-Hoosier Partnership.