Week 1: What is the State of American Democracy in 2020-21?

Week 2: What Did the Voters Tell Us on Election Day?

Week 3: The Domestic Issues Landscape in 2021

Week 4: America’s Place in the World in 2021

Week 5: The Social Movements Reshaping America and Its Politics

Week 6: Threats and Opportunities

What You Will Learn

  • The factors that drove the election outcome
  • The state of American democratic norms and institutions
  • The issues awaiting the new Congress and the prospects for progress
  • The social movements impacting American politics and policy
  • Challenges and opportunities facing Congress and the President 


Marc Farinella, Senior Advisor

Marc Farinella is Senior Advisor for the Center for Effective Government at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He has been a political and policy advisor to numerous political candidates and elected officials throughout the United States.

Schedule and Format

  • January 15 – February 19, 2021
  • Fridays, 9:00 AM Central Time (Chicago Time, UTC-6)
  • Six (6) weeks, one (1) session per week
  • Each session is 90 minutes in duration
  • Sessions are 100% live and conducted on Zoom

Virtual Format

Lectures are 100% live, conducted on Zoom on Fridays at 9:00 AM Central Time (Chicago Time, UTC-6). Expect active engagement with faculty and peers in each session.

The virtual program allows you to engage with the class from anywhere as long as you have a stable internet connection.

Time Commitment

Anticipate a commitment of 90 minutes per week, the duration of each session.

Office Hours

Live office hours accommodate various time zones and schedules of students and working professionals. Anticipate live office hours to be held in the evening in Central Standard Time (Chicago Time, UTC-6).