Posted - April 11. 2012
Eureka College Visiting Reagan Scholar Craig Shirley
to Teach course on Reagan’s presidential campaigns
Reagan 101 - May 21-24, 2012
Eureka College will debut its Visiting Reagan Scholars program with a course about Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaigns taught by bestselling author Craig Shirley.
The course titled “Reagan 101” will be offered from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
May 21-24 in Burgess Memorial Hall. It is open to the public at a cost of $101 in recognition of the 101st anniversary of the birth of Reagan this year. The course also may be taken for college credit. To attend or for more information, call (309) 467-6319.
The course will offer an in-depth look at Reagan’s presidential campaigns, how the campaigns impacted American politics at the time and what endures from the innovations, perspectives and practices that emerged.
“ ‘Reagan 101’ is the first college course of its kind offered by Craig Shirley, the leading author on Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaigns,” said Eureka College President J. David Arnold. “Hosted on the historic campus of Eureka College, this is a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience for students and the general public."
The course will include lectures, class discussions and live video conferencing with people who were integral to the campaigns.
Shirley has been professionally involved in American politics and government for more than 30 years. He has worked on campaigns at the congressional, gubernatorial and presidential levels.
Shirley’s 2009 book “Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America” discussed Reagan’s 1980 run to the White House and his victory over incumbent Jimmy Carter. His 2005 book “Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All” details Reagan's 1976 challenge to President Gerald Ford in the Republican primaries. The book reached No. 8 on The Washington Post’s bestseller list.
Shirley’s most recent book, “December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World,” was released in December. It chronicles the day-by-day shifts in American culture, politics and national identity that occurred in December 1941 following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Shirley is president of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, a government relations and marketing firm in Alexandria, Va. His articles have appeared in national publications, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Weekly Standard.
The course is made possible in part by contributors to the Ronald W. Reagan Society at Eureka College.
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