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TOMMY TOBIN, Stanford senior studying History & Int'l Relations




Major: History; International Relations

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2010

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Tommy is a senior at Stanford from South Carolina. He's pursing a double major in International Relations and American History. His honors thesis concerns Presidential History, particularly disability and succession.He's worked a number of jobs, on and off-campus, including a stint at the Department of Justice. Feel free to ask him anything about college!



Past Classes

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S898: The American Presidency in Splash! Spring 2010 (Apr. 17 - 18, 2010)
What do we really know about the men who have led our country? While anecdotes about Washington and his wooden teeth or his cherry tree are common knowledge, the goal of this class is to cut through the nationalistic myths surrounding the office of the Presidency and look at the Presidents as who they were…people. As people, they get can get sick, they can die, they can be crude, and sometimes they can even abuse their power. The class will trace the history of the Presidents, with an emphasis on presidential disability, from the Constitution to the present day.


L904: Emailing Your Way To Success in Splash! Spring 2010 (Apr. 17 - 18, 2010)
Email has become one of the most convenient forms of communications today. We are inundated with emails - from organizations, from friends, from employers, from family. Emails are also one of the easiest way to anger others - frustrating emails are an unfortunate, yet common experience. With this class, students will learn to write to address difficult situations over email and will workshop emails they currently need to write.


L462: The American Presidency in Splash! Fall 2009 (Oct. 10 - 11, 2009)
What do we really know about the men who have led our country? While anecdotes about Washington and his wooden teeth or his cherry tree are common knowledge, the goal of this class is to cut through the nationalistic myths surrounding the office of the Presidency and look at the Presidents as who they were...people. As people, they get can get sick, they can die, they can be crude, and sometimes they can even abuse their power. The class will trace the history of the Presidents, with an emphasis on presidential disability, from the Constitution to the present day.


P463: Unrecognized Influence: Propaganda Through Cartoons in Splash! Fall 2009 (Oct. 10 - 11, 2009)
Cartoons- you probably remember watching Thundercats, Transformers, or Pokemon, but are you aware of the effect these show may have had on you? This seminar's mission is to give students a aew appreciation for children’s media, especially about its careful crafting and implementation for the utmost impact upon innocent children. I want to expose a close parallel between political socialization through propaganda and children’s media. I hope that this class will cause its participants to take another look at their childhood and make them pause and reflect upon making a future decision, especially regarding media choices.