Seminar Brings Students to DC to Attend 2012 Presidential Inauguration


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Seminar Brings Students from 46 Schools to DC to Attend Presidential Inauguration

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The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars Hosts Presidential Inauguration Seminar


WASHINGTON, DC – Over 400 college students from across the country descended on the nation’s capital this week to attend The Washington Center’s Inauguration Seminar. As part of a two-week program, students and faculty will participate in a series of discussions, site visits and guest lectures that will culminate in attending public inauguration events and swearing-in ceremony.


“The inauguration and swearing-in ceremony is such a symbolic tradition for our country,” said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. “Every four years Americans tune in to the coverage of the inauguration and a lucky few watch from the parade route. The Washington Center gives students that opportunity for a front row seat, while at the same time learning about the transition of political power from today’s political leaders and journalists.”


Students will hear inauguration staff, political leaders and White House news correspondents share personal stories of presidential campaigns, elections and national policy. Historians and renowned professors will host interactive discussions on political appointments, congressional confirmations and policy agendas. A few of the speakers include:


Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report

Scott Horsley, White House Correspondent, National Public Radio

Janet Hook, Political Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer/ Host, C-SPAN

Brian Lamb, Founder, C-SPAN

Owen Ullman, Editor, USA Today

Tavis Smiley, Host, The Tavis Smiley Show, PBS

Ben LaBolt, Senior Advisor, Presidential Inaugural Committee

Frank Fahrenkoph, Co-Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates

Michael McCurry, Co- Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates

Eugene Kang, Special Projects Coordinator/Confidential Asst. to the Office of the President

Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

Rodell Mollineau, President, American Bridge 21st Century

Don Ritchie, United States Senate Historian

About The Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.

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