TWC Hosts Inauguration 2017 Academic Seminar


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The Washington Center to Host Inauguration 2017 Academic Seminar

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The inauguration seminar is the final installment of a three part campaign 2016 academic seminar series at The Washington Center.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Students from across the country will descend upon Washington, D.C. next week for the start of the Inauguration 2017 Academic Seminar, beginning on Monday, January 9. This year’s theme, Elevating Political Discourse, is particularly relevant given the contentious nature of the presidential campaign in 2016.


Students will take part in daily interactive programming–including guest lectures, small group discussions and budget/policy simulations. Following programming, students will use the afternoons to meet in groups with faculty leaders, partake in site visits to thought leadership organizations and visit popular D.C. attractions. The seminar goal for students is to be challenged to elevate critical thinking above the noise of the current political discourse and become part of a generation of leaders with the power to pursue bipartisan cooperation.


“Seminar participants have an opportunity to witness the most important event in our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power,” TWC President Chris Norton said. “I think our conversations during this seminar will have a multiplier effect on participants, who will continue this discourse at their institutions, in their careers and in their communities.”


More than 340 students from dozens of colleges and universities are expected to attend the two week seminar. Since 1985, thousands of students have attended the Inauguration seminar. To date, it remains the only national academic program of its kind and size.


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