November 07, 2014, BY Heather Johns


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Welcome to "Cool Classes," a regular feature that highlights the interesting, intriguing and unexpected in Bucknell University's course catalog.

What class? Post-Obama Paradigms

Who teaches it? Professor Anthony Stewart, English

"By 'Post-Obama,' I do not mean after Obama's presidency. This is not a class on American domestic or foreign policy, for instance. 'Post' designates the importance of his election itself, which so many have suggested has changed America utterly — though it's not completely clear how.

"This class gives students the opportunity to explore and articulate their impressions about if and how America may have changed with the election of its first African American president.

"It is my hope that the class will help inform those opinions through readings on ideology, race, history and literature. I ask my students to consider the following two questions: With the United States having elected an African American president, what do you hope it has learned about itself, and what have you learned about it and about yourself?

"In order to answer these questions, students produce two digital stories. The first is about 2 or 3 minutes long; the second is longer, about 4 to 6 minutes. These digital stories will serve as the major assignments for the class.

"I also encourage students to consider how they see themselves as implicated in the changes they imagine. It is my hope that this class helps students work through their thoughts and feelings about what they would like their fellow Americans to think about as a nation."

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