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Dr. David Peritz Politics professor


David Peritz (PhD, Oxford University), is the Dean of Minerva Academy of Lifelong Learning and also a Professor of Political philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College New York. He is a thought leader in the field of lifelong learning for all age groups.  
His lectures and webinars cover a wide range of topics in contemporary politics, philosophy, culture, society and technology, and are described by those who attend or watch them as “dynamic…engaging…brilliant…systematic…deep…profound…informative and educational.” 
Prof. Peritz has over 20 years of experience lecturing at some of the best lifelong learning institutes in the nation (including the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley and the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco) and also at many of the premier retirement communities in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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    Prof. Peritz is the senior member of the Politics faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and has also taught at Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell, UC Berkeley, and Deep Springs, has won numerous teaching awards, and recently was awarded a Mellon Foundation Grant to support his work in lifelong learning.

ANDREW ROSENTHAL, BA politics and social sciences courses


BA, University of Denver. Rosenthal retired in June 2016 from his position as editorial page editor of The New York Times, after overseeing the newspaper’s opinion sections for more than nine years. As editorial page editor, he created the Op-Docs series, a forum for short documentaries that was the first of its kind and has won a Peabody Award, three Emmy Awards, and two Academy Award nominations. 
The editorial department also created a pioneering space for transgender Americans to share their stories and be seen, part of a series on transgender rights that changed Pentagon policy.
Rosenthal was a podcaster and Op-Ed columnist for the Times until 2018 and the editor of The New York Times Book of Politics: 167 Years of Covering the State of the Union, published in October 2018. In the fall of 2017, he was the Visiting Edward R. Murrow Lecturer of the Practice of the Press and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he taught a class on Race, Politics, and the Media.

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     In the spring of 2017, he co-taught a class in international reporting at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism and was professional in residence at the Annenberg Center for Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, also in 2017. 
    In 2015, Rosenthal led the creation of a series of editorials on the scourge of firearms in the United States, including the first page-one editorial that The Times had published in nearly a century; the series was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing. 
    He was also the primary editor of The Times’s special daily section, “A Nation Challenged,” following the 9/11 attacks; that section won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2002. Before serving as editorial page editor of The Times, Rosenthal was deputy editorial page editor starting in August 2003; assistant managing editor for news from September 2001; and the foreign editor beginning in May 1997. While foreign editor, he also served as national editor of The Times for six months in 2000, supervising coverage of the presidential election and the postelection recount. He joined The Times in March 1987 as a Washington correspondent and was the paper's Washington editor beginning in November 1992. 
    While in Washington, he covered the first Bush administration, the 1988 and 1992 presidential elections, and the Persian Gulf War. He also supervised coverage of the 1994 and 1996 national elections. Before arriving at The Times, Rosenthal worked at The Associated Press, where, since July 1986, he was its bureau chief in Moscow after three years there as a correspondent for the wire service. 
    His other assignments with The AP included editor on the foreign desk in New York from April 1982 until June 1983 and reporter in the Denver bureau from October 1978 until April 1982. Born in New Delhi, Rosenthal attended high school in New York. 
    In college, he was a sports stringer for the Associated Press from January to April 1976 and a police reporter for The Rocky Mountain News from October 1976 to June 1977. Rosenthal is currently at work on a memoir about his life and career while also teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. He is also editor-in-chief of Bulletin, an online news startup in Sweden. SLC, 2022.

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