Free Stanford Course: 18 Experts Assess What’s Ailing America in 2014

In my day job, I have the privilege of overseeing Stanford’s Continuing Studies program where we bring Stanford courses to the San Francisco Bay Area community, and increasingly the larger world. This fall, we’re presenting a pretty special course called The State of the Union 2014. Taught by Rob Reich (Political Science, Stanford), David Kennedy (History, Stanford), and James Steyer (CEO, Common Sense Media), the course examines “the abundant challenges and opportunities of major themes contributing to the health, or disease, of the United States body politic: inequality, energy and the environment, media and technology, the economy, and the 2014 midterm elections.” And to help sort through these complex questions, the professors will be joined by 18 distinguished guests, including Steven Chu (former Secretary of Energy), Reed Hastings (CEO of Netflix), Janet Napolitano (former Secretary of Homeland Security), Ruth Marcus (columnist for the Washington Post), Karl Eikenberry (former US Ambassador to Afghanistan) and Joel Benenson (chief pollster for President Barack Obama).

We’re filming the class sessions of this seven-week course and making them available on YouTube and iTunes. The first two sessions (each lasting about 90 minutes) can be viewed in the playlist above. The first session focuses on the Midterm elections; the second on the state of California. New sessions will be added each week, generally on Thursday or Friday.


Technology and Social Change

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, make sure you check out the Continuing Studies program. It’s a tremendous resource for lifelong learners.

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