Students at Indiana’s Butler University will soon learn “strategies for resistance” to oppose President Donald Trump.
Students paying roughly $36,000 in tuition have signed up for a “Special Topics” class titled “Trumpism & U.S. Democracy.” The course, which begins in August and runs until December, explicitly charges the Republican with “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,” reads a description on Butler’s website, first reported Wednesday by The Heartland Institute. “The course will also discuss, and potentially engage in, strategies for resistance.”
The class will be instructed by Professor Ann M. Savage of the university’s Critical Communication and Media Studies department.
“A review by The Heartland Institute of the courses available at Butler University has yet to show any course offerings that present the Trump administration in a positive way that could balance out the course taught by Savage,” the Illinois-based think tank added.
Butler’s class echoes the work of a similar “Resistance School” at Harvard University, the brainchild of distraught professors and graduate students.
Harvard’s four-session tutorial was proctored by graduate students and ran from April 5-27.
“On November 8, we lost more than just the presidency,” the group’s website says. “We lost yet more ground in the decades-long campaign against progressive values. Republicans now control the Senate, House, and more state legislatures than they have in almost 200 years. Those losses have emboldened the right to launch an all-out attack against our nation’s creed — that all are created equal.”
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