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.


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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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