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Deval Patrick

David R. Gergen Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership

This course is for those considering running for public office. We will examine the promise and potential of principled, effective leadership in public office against the complicated realities of campaigning today. This course will prompt students to examine their personal motivation for seeking office, how that can ground both their campaign decisions and official actions, and the challenges and opportunities of sustaining (or changing) that original motivation through a campaign and term of service. Guests from practice — current or former candidates, office holders, operatives and consultants, members of the media, activists, pundits, pollsters or others with relevant experience or insight — will supplement case studies and mock activities in class.