January 15, 2021 Speaker - Paul Gardner

Speaker: Dr. Paul Gardner, Professor Emeritus of Political Science
An angry and fractured America: Where do WE go from here?

Paul Gardner

Paul Gardner retired from Luther in 2018 after 35 years teaching Political Science. Three of his favorite courses were seminars on the 2008, 2012, and 2016 American presidential elections. He also directed the Nottingham program, took six groups to Northern Ireland, spent a sabbatical semester in Poland lecturing on American foreign policy, directed the International Studies program, and taught in Luther's Paideia I and Paideia II programs. Not quite ready to lay down his chalk, he spent spring 2020 in Romania as a Fulbright Scholar teaching about America’s 2020 election.

Gardner holds the following degrees: Ph.D., Political Science, University of Kentucky; M.A., Political Science, Iowa State University; B.A., Sociology, St. Ambrose University. 

Dr. Gardner's blog can be found here. Questions and comments can be sent to [email protected]

SOURCES FOR FURTHER REFLECTION

CIVIL DISCOURSE
Braver Angels.org - Depolarizating within workshop, Virtual Workshop, January 28, 2-4pm - Sponsored by Dakota County Libraries: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/depolarizing- within-hybrid-workshop-  sponsored-by-dakota-county-libraries-registration- 130810328213
America in One Room - https://cdd.stanford.edu/2019/america-in-one-room/
Fallon Forum - http://fallonforum.com

POLARIZATION IN AMERICA

Ezra Klein - Why We’re Polarized
Lee Drutman -Breaking the two-party doom loop (Ranked choice voting)

DEMOCRATS SHOULD READ
Arlie Russell Hochschild - Strangers in their own land
Robert Jones - The End of White Christian America

REPUBLICANS SHOULD READ

Eddie Glaude Jr. - Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its urgent lessons for our own
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor - From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation

AMERICA IS NOT ALONE
Roger Eatwell & Matthew Goodwin - National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy

HOPE
Robert Putnam & Shaylyn Romney Garrett - The Upswing: How America came together a century ago and how WE can do it again
Ranked choice voting organizations – Fair Vote:https://www.fairvote.org / Fair Vote Minnesota: https://www.fairvotemn.org

  • Lunch Connection January 2021 Recording V2