Extraordinary Learning Experiences
Intense, Interactive & In-depth Academic Seminars These are truly extraordinary learning experiences. You’ll dig deeply into a topic under the guidance of expert speakers, lecturers and faculty. You will undertake experiential fieldwork, visit topic-related sites and explore relevant texts that give insight into your study. Small group discussions allow for spirited give-and-take discussions. TWC’s Academic Seminars are influential; they’re intense. They give you a level of understanding that’s impossible to achieve in any other way and that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Academic credit - from two to four university credits - may even be available depending on your institution’s requirements; earning academic credits is not required, however.
Access to the nation’s greatest minds and thinkers is built into every academic seminar at The Washington Center. Depending on the focus of your seminar you might find yourself meeting Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic Party; Justice Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court Justice; H.E. Samir Samaida’ie, Ambassador of Iraq or any of hundreds of prominent men and women whom The Washington Center invites to speak to our program participants.
Selection of Past Speakers
- Sam Donaldson, ABC News
- Husain Haqqani, Ambassador to Pakistan
- Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
- Ted Koppel, Discovery Channel
- Brian Lamb, C-SPAN
- Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
- Dana Perino, White House Press Secretary
- Governor Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Convention
- Bob Schieffer, CBS News
- Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Selection of Past Site Visits
- Capitol Hill
- Executive branch offices
- Lobbying groups
- Policy think tanks
- National political party headquarters
- The National Press Club