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“Barack Obama could be the most important politician in Canada since Pierre Elliot Trudeau,” says Daniel Reeve, political science teacher at Camosun College, and leader of an upcoming evening class on the new president of the United States.

Barack Obama, U.S. President

“The Rise of Barack Obama: From Humble Beginnings to the First 100 Days” starts June 4, and examines how a relatively young, obscure politician became one of the most recognized and important people on earth. Reeve will lead class discussions on how this man and his supporters engaged a nation, and what the implications may be for Canada.

“Obama’s origins, his meteoric rise, his vision, resonates with Canadians,” says Reeve. “ He shattered long-held political assumptions — that politicians must ‘go negative’ to win’, and that young people don’t care and won’t vote.” Reeve is an imaginative and engaging instructor with over 13 years of teaching experience who is fascinated by U.S. presidential history. Like many Canadians, he was glued to CNN for the two years that saw Obama become president. He looks forward to lively, respectful discussions that will bring to light new ideas and demand participants to reconsider assumptions of U.S. politics and the ascendancy of Obama.

Daniel Reeve received his M.A. in political science from the University of Victoria in 2002. He teaches political science and criminology at Camosun College. He has worked in senior positions within the BC provincial government including Ministerial Assistant for a former Minister of Health. His long history of political organizing fills out his political experience. Class details:

The Rise of Barack Obama: From Humble Beginnings to the First 100 Days

Thursday evenings 6:30–9pm June 4–25. Four sessions. Lansdowne campus
Cost: $95+GST.
Call 250-370-3550 and quote course code 2009Q3 LFST 618G 001 or register at

Last updated: May 25, 2009 3:46 pm

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