News Brief: Butler offers anti-Trump course

David Worland, Reporter

Butler University has received backlash over a new course being offered to students. The course, “Trumpism & U.S. Democracy,” has received both support and disapproval. Former state Senator Carlin Yoder tweeted out a photo of the description of the course calling it “slightly outrageous.”

The description of the course went on to describe Trump as a perpetrator of “sexism, white supremacy, xenophobia” and more. Although the original description included students participating in strategies of resistance, the backlash caused vice-president of academic affairs at Butler Kathryn Morris to revise the description. The new description requires students to “…evaluate the rise of the President as a political and social phenomenon.”

In an explanation posted to Butler’s website, Morris wrote, “Butler should-and does-promote an environment of critical inquiry and engagement on controversial and unpopular topics.”