Progressive Politics in the Midterm Elections and Beyond

Thomas P. Miller
Mondays 9:30 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, and 21, 2022
Watch the video to learn more about this course

Progressive Politics in the Midterm Elections and Beyond

Fall 2022
In Session
9:30 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, and 21, 2022


Main Campus



Attend In Person OR Online

Moderate Democrats blame progressives for their divisions, and Republicans use them to depict Democrats as socialists. We will look beyond these partisan divisions to consider how our times parallel those of the Progressive Era. One has to go back a century to find the same levels of economic inequality and mass immigration. The historical precedent for our global pandemic is the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, which killed an estimated fifty million people worldwide—twice the number of Covid victims and a far higher percentage of the world’s population at the time. The period is also known for its partisan press, state-sanctioned racism, political corruption, and the civil rights and women’s movements that helped shape the politics of the century that has shaped our current politics.

Hybrid Course Format

  • All classes will be delivered in-person and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • In-person classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited by classroom capacity and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All students attending on-campus will observe the relevant University of Arizona policies designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 (more information here). Students who enroll to participate in person will also have complete online access to the course, including all class recordings.   
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. Students may also access class recordings for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.

Registration Will Open Online:
Monday, August 29, 2022, at 8 AM (AZ Time)

Required Reading: 

  • No textbook is required. All readings will be distributed to students electronically.

Course Registration

Meet Your Professor

Department of English

THOMAS P. MILLER is Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the English Department at the University of Arizona, where he served as Vice Provost for ten years. He has won awards for his research, teaching, mentoring, leadership, and advocacy for shared governance. He has published five books and over fifty articles, chapters, and reviews on political rhetoric, the teaching of writing, and histories and theories of rhetoric.


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

Open Courses You May Also Be Interested In: