American Politics in the Age of Trump at Roseville Library

It is now been just about a year since one of the most controversial and unexpected presidential elections in American history. Whatever your political point of view, it’s time to take a first look at what will certainly be one of the major historic events of the 21st century.  A new series at the Roseville Library, featuring speakers from a variety of political positions, will consider a first draft of history of the Trump Presidency. The series will also talk about the historical roots of some of the political issues under discussion today. The series is Tuesday, Oct. 31, and Tuesdays Nov. 7 and 14. Each is at 12:30 p.m. at the library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N. Co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Minnesota with the financial support of Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The events are free and open to all.


• ‘White House Ethics: An Historical Inquiry’

Join distinguished University of Minnesota law professor and former White House Counsel Richard Painter Oct. 31 for a look at the historical background of presidential ethics and conflicts-of-interest. How did we as a nation come to make the rules we did, and how have our presidents obeyed (or flouted) them over time?  

Painter is the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. Previously, he was chief ethics lawyer for the president during the George W. Bush Administration. 


• ‘One Year after the Trump Election:  How did we get here?’

Donald Trump’s election surprised many, and evaluation of his performance and impact in office has produced divergent opinions. Join law professor David Schultz of Hamline University and the University of Minnesota Nov. 7 as he looks at the Trump presidency one year after the 2016 elections, seeking to assess what it all really means, what the administration has accomplished, and what the next three years of the Trump era will bring.

Schultz is Hamline University professor of political science and the author of more than 30 books and 120-plus articles on various aspects of American politics.


• ‘The Trump Movement: A Conservative View’

Join noted conservative speaker and writer Chuck Chalberg Nov. 14 for an overview of recent political history from a right-of-center perspective. What lessons can we learn from the Trump movement, regardless of our individual political orientation? Chalberg recently retired from Normandale Community College, where he taught American history. He continues to bring to life figures from Teddy Roosevelt to George Orwell through his historical impersonations.

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