Sign the Petition

Dear UNC Administrators,

For over 15 years UNC has offered students a legendary course called the Elements of Politics.  Designed and taught by Larry Goldberg, the course investigates crucial questions about human nature and how we may live well together, and it involves a close reading of history, essays, literature, and philosophy.  The course has grown over time into an Ancients and Moderns sequence consisting of four stand-alone courses per year, each of which is over-subscribed every semester.

Recently the University has resolved to partially cancel the Elements of Politics, cutting it from four to two courses per year.  The University claims that the cancellation was due to budget cuts, but they have declined Dr. Goldberg’s offer to teach gratis, even though this was allowed in the past.  Moreover, the cost-benefit analysis underlying this decision is obscure:  the partial cancellation saves the University approximately $15,000 per year, but as a result, a whole generation of UNC students loses the opportunity to have an extraordinary educational experience.

We, the undersigned, strongly support the course, the Elements of Politics, and we urgently call on the University to fully reinstate the course.  We also call on the University to commit to keep the course intact for as long as Dr. Goldberg is able to teach, and to provide due compensation to this legendary instructor who has long taught and inspired many of UNC’s best students.

Sincerely and urgently,

Name (First & Last):

E-mail address (will not be published):

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City, State:




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Austin Smith, 2017, Shelby, NC
Emma Park, 2016, Rocky Mount, NC
Will Chesson, 2009, New Orleans, LA
Gerald Bundy, 1995, Roanoke, VA
Hasil Patel, 2011, Charlotte, NC
Luke Hagemann, 2014, Charlotte, NC
Brian Cristante, 2013, Charlotte, NC
John Son, 2015, Bethesda, MD
Lily Clarke, 2016, Fairview, NC
Veronica Zhai, 2015, Beijing,China
Hilary Lundquist, 2005, New York, NY
Devin Markell, 2006, New York, New York
Danielle Volker, 2007, Charlotte, NC
Kelli Clancy, 2007, New York, New York
Kathryn Holloway, 2003, Richmond, VA
Jane Hudson, 2007, Oxford, UK
Nancy Millett, 1983, Atlanta, Ga
Tal Havivi, 2014, Greensboro
Nathan Tilley, 2014, Greensboro, NC
Tyler Fitch, 2013, Charlotte, NC
Erica Edelstein, 2014, Jupiter, Florida
Kavon Javaherian, 2014, Lexington
Katharine Cleland, 2004, Lemont, PA
Li Kuang Yeo, 2014, Singapore, Singapore
Alex Karsten, 2014, Raleigh
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Marcy Latta, 1998, Philadelphia
Tim Crowley, 2000, Lubbock, TX
Christopher Bakke, 2011, Denver, CO
Chris Register, 2015, Winston-Salem, NC
Catherine Finneran, 2008, Atlanta, GA
Richard Finneran, 2005, Saint Louis, Missouri
Jacob Ulirsch, 2011, Asheville, NC
Tom O\'Keefe, 2006, New York, NY
Elizabeth Ligon, 2010, Chapel Hill, NC
Matt Compton, 2005, Washington, DC
Jenna Robinson, 2005, Raleigh, NC
Laurence Deschamps-Laporte, 2011, Montréal, Québec
Katherine Florio, 2006, Washington, DC
Patrick Heenan, 2013, Wilmington, N.C.
Stephen Casscells-Hamby, 2013, Orlando, FL
Aaron Hiller, 2003, Washington, DC
Darren Sarisky, 1998, Cambridge, England
Patrick Kinlaw, 2000, Washington, DC
Malinda Faber, 2005, Raleigh
Rachel Lawing, 2014, Brevard, North Carolina
John Millett, 2012, Atlanta, GA
Ben Peterson, 2008, Ann Arbor, MI
Elizabeth Reed, 2005, New York, NY
Ivy Brisbin, 2012, Salisbury, NC
Cameron Parker, 2012, Forsyth, GA
Ian lee, 2012, Cary, NC
Dan Wurzelmann, 2007, Chapel Hill, NC
John Danello, 2012, Charlotte, NC
Hudson Vaughan, 2008, Chapel Hill, NC
Christopher Ball, 2013, Trinity, NC
Olivia Myrick, 2011, Chapel Hill, NC
Matt Hendren, 2008, Winston-Salem, NC
Mohit Bhargava, 2005, Berkeley, CA
Andrew Green, 2012, Charlotte, NC
Brian Hill, 2005, Burlington, VT
Scott Hiers, 2013, Chapel Hill, NC
Todd Ellis, 2013, Chapel Hill, NC
David Janka, 2004, San Francisco, CA
Vladimir Shklovsky, 2007, Charlottesville, VA
Chris, 2012, Durham, NC
Gretchen Kroncke Sosnowski, 2004, Pittsburgh, PA
Michelle Langer, 2003, Madison, WI
Maureen McGrath, 2003, Washington, DC
Adam Herring, 2006, Atlanta, GA
Claire Newlon, 2011, Chapel Hill, NC
India Autry, 2006, New York, NY
Elizabeth Musselwhite, 2007, Greensboro, NC
Duke Cheston, 2010, Raleigh, NC
Giff Ransom, 2009, Xi\\'an, China
Reena Madhavji, 2005, London
Lindsay Betzel, 2007, Washington, DC
Jane Yumi Paksoy, 2008, Chapel Hill, NC
Tracy Stutz Harris, 2000, Chapel Hill, NC
Tim Longest, 2013, Greenville, NC
David Bevevino, 2010, Arlington, VA
Caedmon Haas, , Berkeley, CA
John Peterson, 2011, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Chris Childers, 2005, Middletown, DE
Miles A. Cozart, 2013, Piedmont, California
Brian Troutman, 2006, Concord, NC
Anna Dean, 2008, Washington DC
Vance Faulkner, 2011, Durham, NC
Katie Sue Zellner, 2009,
Elizabeth Lassiter, 2000, Chapel Hill, NC
Joao Toste, 2010, London, England
Tuere Randall, 2002, New York, NY
Teddy Klug, 2012, Memphis, TN
Zealan Hoover, 2013, San Diego, CA
Mohamed Imran Noorgat, 2002, London, UK
Elisabeth Yorke, 2009, Nova Scotia, Canada
Geoffrey Wessel, 2003, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kristof Robinson, 2000, Los Angeles, CA
Stephanie Riggins, 1999, Columbia, SC
Sean Childers, 2010, New York, NY
Catherine Blair, 1999, NC
Adrian Johnston, 2006, Toronto, Canada
Tucker Bartlett, 1995, Durham, NC
Naimul Huq, 2008, Austin, TX
Ndidi Okezie, 2002, London: England
Allison Kanner, 2013, Lilburn, Georgia
Allison Nichols, 2009, New York, NY
Evan Rose, 2011, New York, NY
Thomas Pearce, 2011, Chapel Hill, NC
Anthony Dent, 2012, Lumberton, NC
Cabe Franklin, 1994, New York, NY
Heather Yountz, 2000, Needham, MA
Esteban Ochoa, 2007 Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Natalie Moore, 2010, Edinburgh, Scotland
Andrea Brady, 2012, Chapel Hill, NC
Lesley Coleman, 2001, New York, NY
Leticia Pamela Garcia, 2008, Vancouver, Canada
Emily Ransom, 2005, South Bend, IN
Margaret Zellner, 2013, New York, NY
Elizabeth Conzen Zellner, 1981, Lynchburg, VA
Carly McIntosh, 2011, Wilmington, NC
Charlotte Lindemanis, 2013, Charlotte, NC
Soleille Everest, 2012, Clayton, NC
Noah Brisbin, 2009, Chapel Hill, NC
Shaquita Basileo, 2007 Stanford University, Stanford, CA
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Benjamin Gumpert, 2002, Los Angeles, CA
Daniel Randolph, 2009, Brooklyn, NY
Ann Collier, 2004, Denver, CO
Jarrard Cole, 2012, Athens, GA
Tatiana Quintana, 2010, Chapel Hill, NC
Libby Longino, 2010, Oxford, England
Caroline Dye, 2010, Williamsburg, VA
Kathryn Faulkner, 2007, Chapel Hill, NC
Anthony Sweeney-Taylor, 2010, Asheville, NC
Alastair Monty, 2011, London, Great Britain
Mark Laichena, 2012, London, United Kingdom
Michael Reilly, 1999, Washington, DC
Mark Godfrey, 2009, Atlanta, GA
Micah Sam, 2001, Chapel Hill, NC
Shaina Gross, 2000, San Diego, CA
Keith Grose, 2011, San Francisco, CA
Caroline Schneider, 2009, Cambridge, MA
Jesse B. Addison, 2011, Atlanta, GA
Laura Edgerton, 2001, Chapel hill, nc
Patty Chuang, 2009, Cary, NC
Vivienne Man, 2002, Cambridge, UK
Nick Williams, 2010, New York, NY
Ashley Murph-Schwarzer, 2007, Columbia, SC
Tim Wilson, 1989 U of Iowa, Los Angeles, CA
Alex Robertson, 2001, nEW YORK, NY
Aisha Saad, 2009, Greenville, NC
Vanessa Stanley Miller, 2000, New York, NY
Henry Ross, 2013, New Hartford, CT
Amber Tate, 2003, Raleigh, NC
Ed Fidoe, 1999, London, England
Rebecca Holmes, 2011, Champaign, IL
Carlos Toriello, 2009, Guatemala, Guatemala
Mark Smith, 2011, London, UK
Jennifer Clarke, Vanderbilt, 2001, San Francisco, CA
Kylie Spangler, 2011, Washington, DC
Matthew Kiefer, 2006, Memphis, TN
Crister Brady, 2009, Lompoc, ca
Krista Stone-Manista, 2001, Chicago, IL
Emily Wurth, 2000, Washington, DC
Daniel Listwa, Northwestern \\'00, Allentown, Pa
Alan Faulkner, 2006, Chapel Hill, NC
Clovis Trevino, 2005, Caracas, Venezuela
Christopher Yates, 1998, Rockport, Mass
Brendan Yorke, 2013, Truro, NS Canada
Tia Lendo, 2000, New York. NY
Chase McDonough, 2013, Arlington, VA
Katherine Evans, 2009, Raleigh, NC
Misha Belikov, 2010, NY, NY
Yousef AbuGharbieh, 2010, Boston, MA
Elinor Benami, 2010, San Francisco, CA
Daniel Kumar, 2007, Chapel Hill, NC
Emmett Gilles, 2013, West Hartford, CT
Josiah Irvin, 2011, Madison, WI
Caroline Moakley, 2010, Cary, NC
Ignacio Cerdena, 2012, Greensboro, NC
Derrick Arrowood, 2007, Durham, NC
Andrew Noland, 2010, Louisville, Ky.
Rebecca Rush, 2010, New Haven, CT
Katharine Rainey Kolb, 1998, Huntersville, NC
Allison Kanner, 2013, Lilburn, GA
Michael Matelis, 2002, Washington, DC
Joseph Matelis, 1993, Washington, D.C.
Emily Nix, 2009, New Haven, CT
Henry Spelman, 2010, Swarthmore, PA
Hayley Root, 2011, Willimantic, CT
Moselle Blair, 2004, New York, NY
Allison Hawkins, 2012, Brevard, NC
Emily O\'Mara, 2012, Elon, NC
Leila Watkins, 2004, Ann Arbor, MI
Scott Spillman, 2008, Palo Alto, CA
George Lawson Kuehnert, 2013, Morganton, NC
Andrew Votipka, 2012, Nashville, NC
William Julian, 2011, Ridgefield, CT
Alexandra Macey, 2012, Raleigh, NC
Damitri Martinez, 2011, Denver, CO
Katie Beam, 2011, New Haven, CT
Will Rush, 2007, New Haven, Ct.
Aaron Levine, 2000, Atlanta, GA
Victor Yamaykin, 2010, Cary, NC
James Godwin, 2003, Raleigh, NC
Charlotte Stewart, 2003, Chapel Hill, NC
Clark D. Tew, 2007, Mooresville, North Carolina
Benjamin Storey, 1997, Greenville, SC
Max Spitzer, 2000, Washington, D.C.
Glenn Barnes, 1999, Graham, NC
Matt Bonzek, 2004, Silver Spring, MD
Ashley Klein, 2010, Chapel Hill, NC
Sarah Chisolm, 2000, Greenville, NC
Sandy Spitzer, 2002, Washington, DC
John Carella, 2001, Chapel Hill, NC
Lorraine Elliot, 2001, Charlotte, NC
Narges Farahi, 2001, Chapel Hill, NC
Madison Perry, 2006, Durham, NC
Joanna Jordan-Wu, 2000, Oakland, CA
Ben Lundin, 2007, Washington, DC
John Hogan, 1989 (Ph. D.), New York, NY
Tim Reilly, 2007, New York, NY
Rachel Gurvich, 2004, Boston, MA
Kristen Campbell, 2001, Arlington, VA
Amanda Greene, 2000, Stanford, CA
Balkees Jarrah, 2000, New York, New York
Amos Espeland, 2011, Palo Alto, CA

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