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Course Registration

Democracy, A Work in Progress

Fall 2019
In Session
9 AM - 12 PM
October 23, 30, November 6, and 13, 2019


Main Campus



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This course examines Supreme Court decisions and related social movements as historical case studies in our evolving sense of our civil rights and duties. We will review how African Americans and women organized themselves to press for equality, and we will consider how gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans have taken to the streets and courts to make their case. Court decisions on rights are currently being used to argue against “reverse discrimination” and for the free speech rights of corporations. Amidst these controversies rising numbers of Americans are stepping up to defend their rights. We will consider such efforts against the Supreme Court decisions and social movements that have shaped their assumptions and strategies. Judy Brown, attorney and professor emerita at Northeastern University, will join in our conversations.

Registration Opens Online: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 8AM (AZ Time)

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No textbook is required. All readings and class materials will be distributed to students electronically. 

Meet Your Professor

Department of English

THOMAS P. MILLER is Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English. He has won awards for his research, teaching, mentoring, diversity leadership, and advocacy for shared governance. He has published five books and over fifty articles, chapters, and reviews on political rhetoric, leadership, the history of higher education, and theories and histories of rhetoric.

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