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Rand Paul will teach a class at GWU — and it’s not a politics course

Sen. Rand Paul speaks at SXSW, Sunday, March 15, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT

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Professor Rand Paul will teach a class next fall at George Washington University.

That is not a proofreading error.

A representative for GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences tells Red Alert the Kentucky senator will teach a course titled “Dystopian Visions” during the Fall 2017 semester.

In the midst of a presidency that’s been compared to this genre, the Republican will fulfill a dream of his from at least almost four years ago.

“I’ve talked about it, but unfortunately I keep developing other projects that get in the way. I would like to do it someday,” the former presidential candidate said in a 2013 interview with VICE in response to rumors he wants to teach a class on novels related to plots that are unpleasant or miserable. “I think dystopian novels are a discussion of politics, and sort of what happens if you let a government accumulate too much power.”

Students are excited to take this bi-weekly 8 AM class. “I’m taking his class because I really admire him as a Senator, and I find dystopian novels very interesting philosophically,” a freshman told Red Alert. “To that end, I think politics will be discussed to the extent they apply to the ideas we are discussing.”

Another freshman, Tom Crean, was unsuccessful registering for the class because it was already full. “I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t get in,” he said. “I really like Rand Paul and thought it would be a fun experience to take a class with him.”

He added, “I do like dystopian literature because a lot of it is inherently political.”

Ben Vinson, the dean of GWU’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, told Red Alert the senator’s course will be offered as an elective because it is not connected to a specific department or program.

“When Senator Paul’s office approached us about coming to campus to teach this course, we agreed that his unique voice as a sitting senator would provide an engaging backdrop for our students,” he said. “Because of our connections and location in the heart of the nation’s capital, we will continue to welcome prominent contributors to the global dialogue to come to campus to engage our students.”


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