Fall 2017 Special Presentations

*Free and Open to the Public*

Registration for these Special Presentations opens on July 25, 2017.

Registration is requested, but it is not required. You can register online by clicking the “Register” links below (available soon), or call the OLLI office at 434.923.3600 / toll-free 877.861.9207.

(L13/L14) Can Red and Blue Ever Become Purple? 

(L13) Friday, September 15, 2017 – 1:30-3:00 P.M. – R.R. Smith Center – 22 S. New St, Staunton

(L14) Friday, September 22, 2017 – 1:30-3:00 P.M. – Unity Church – 2825 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville


More information coming soon.

(L15) Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Intraoperative Radiation Therapy                

Friday, October 13, 2017 –  1:30-3:00 p.m. – Unity Church – 2825 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville                                              

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More information coming soon.

(L16) The Fralin Museum                

Friday, November 17, 2017 –  1:30-3:00 p.m. – Jefferson School African American Heritage Center – 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville  

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(L17) Two Parties in Search of a Rationale    

Friday, December 8, 2017 –  1:30-3:00 p.m. – Unity Church – 2825 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville

Dem-rep-heroThe 2016 presidential campaign was marked by schisms in both major political parties that continue today.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump ran on positions in many respects at odds with those traditionally taken by the party’s congressional leadership.  The Republican Platform and most significant Republican legislative initiatives have largely ignored Trump’s positions.

It’s not just a two-way division, either.  The Senate Republican Conference includes numerous disruptors such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and the John McCain/Lindsay Graham team.  The House Republican Conference is in splinters, with establishment folks like Speaker Paul Ryan pitted against a variety of groups with views different from his.

On the Democratic side, while the Clintonistas have largely been sidelined, the Berniecrats are far from ascendant.  Rather, a battle rages over whether the party should (a) concentrate on mobilizing the Left, (b) reach out to the disaffected white voters Trump captured, (c) court the moderate Republicans and swing voters Trump turned off or (d) employ whatever strategy seems to work for whichever district or state is being discussed.

A very different way of framing the questions facing the two parties, and one Terry will address, is this:  “Who’s going to work to restore the American Dream?”

Terry CooperTerry Cooper, a native of Charlottesville and a graduate of Princeton and UVA Law, is a long-time Republican political consultant. For more than 30 years, he has done research for Republican political campaigns. He has worked in all 50 states, in campaigns ranging from U.S. Senator and governor down to local races.