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Courses on Presidential Election Coming to OLLI-RU This Fall

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Love politics? Over 50? As the presidential election heats up, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU) will bring in esteemed experts to examine this most salient of American political institutions during its fall session, August 27 through November 14.

Two courses on the presidential election will be among 97 offerings scheduled by OLLI-RU this fall.

Gerald Pomper, Board of Governors Professor Emeritus of political science, and Jon Plaut, a Clinton Administration appointee and educator, will lead the discussions and offer insights into the election process, politics and other key issues in two separate courses.

Pomper, who has been a frequent instructor with OLLI-RU, will teach The Presidential Election of 2012. Topics will include the nominating process, polling, campaigning, the debates, the Electoral College, and, of course, the results, as the class continues beyond Election Day. Gordon Schochet, professor emeritus of political science, will present a guest lecture on Plato’s conception of ideal political leadership. This course will be held on the Douglass Campus at Woodlawn, home of the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

Plaut’s course, 2012 Presidential Election and Issues, will use the The New York Times’ Weekly Review section to frame, in a nonpartisan manner, the election issues as they unfold. It will be offered in Freehold.

Registration for OLLI-RU’s fall session will begin in late July. Check the website for details and registration information, or send email to, or call 732-932-7233, ext. 4200.

Established in 1993, OLLI-RU caters to the interests of adult learners over 50, offering a wide range of courses in art, music, language, film, history, and other topics.  Classes are taught at Raritan Valley Community College’s Bridgewater site, The Reformed Church of Highland Park, and Brookdale Community College’s Western Monmouth Higher Education Center in Freehold.

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