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Photos of a Presidency

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From his first day as US Senator to his final flight in Marine One, Barack Obama’s era was captured in photos.  In hundreds of thousands of snapped moments, formal and informal, ten years of American history was written visually. You can see the no-drama President watching thoughtfully with a roomful of ecstatic people as the ACA was passed. You see him scrunched on a couch with Angela Merkel. One photo shows Mr. Obama and the Vermont Governor moving the furniture back after a meeting in the Oval. Then there’s the President of the United States bending down so a five year old boy could touch his head to see if he had “hair like me.” Stories abound in all these photos. In the four weeks of this study group, we’ll look at about 40 selected photographs and, with the brilliance of hindsight, “write the captions.” Our goal is to put these photos into context and discuss the significance of the moments. The images are selected from photographs by Pete Souza, official Chief White House Photographer, supplemented with videos. There is no text to buy; handouts will be distributed in class and by e-mail.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

500 Davis Center

Margot Wallace 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
7/12/2018 - 8/2/2018 Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Margot Wallace  ClassRoom