Butler course teaches ‘strategies’ for resisting Trump

Anthony Gockowski
Investigative Reporter

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  • A Butler University course masquerading as a class on “U.S. Democracy” will actually teach students “strategies for resistance” to the Trump administration.
  • An online course description declares that "Trump’s rhetoric is contrary to the foundation of the U.S. democracy" because it perpetuates "sexism, white supremacy, xenophobia, nationalism, nativism, and imperialism.”
  • UPDATE: Butler has updated the course description in response to news coverage of the course, and is promising that students will not be required to engage in activism.
  • A Butler University course masqueradingas a class on “U.S. Democracy” will actually teach students “strategies for resistance” to the Trump administration.

    As initially reported by The Heartland Institute, the “Trumpism and U.S. Democracy” course will be taught by Professor Ann Savage, who was one of three recipients of the school’s “distinguished faculty” award in 2016.

    “This course explores...how Trump’s rhetoric is contrary to the foundation of the U.S. democracy.”   

    [RELATED: UCLA profs invite students to join weekly anti-Trump protests]

    Her latest course, billed as a “special topics” class, will discuss how “Donald J. Trump won the U.S. Presidency despite perpetuating sexism, white supremacy, xenophobia, nationalism, nativism, and imperialism.”

    “This course explores why and how this happened, how Trump’s rhetoric is contrary to the foundation of the U.S. democracy, and what his win means for the future,” an online description for the course elaborates, noting that students will also have the opportunity to “discuss, and potentially engage in, strategies for resistance.”

    [RELATED: Cornell to offer course on Trump’s ‘xenophobic nationalism’]

    The course, which is worth three academic credits, has already reached its maximum enrollment of 17 students with more than three months remaining before the first class session.

    Campus Reform reached out to Savage for additional comment on the matter, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

    UPDATE: Provost Katherine Morris has released a statement announcing that the course description has been revised in response to criticisms of the original offering, adding that students will not be required to engage in anti-Trump activism as part of the class.

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    Anthony Gockowski

    Anthony Gockowski

    Investigative Reporter

    Anthony Gockowski is an Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. He has previously worked for The Daily Caller, Intercollegiate Review, and The Catholic Spirit.

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