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Presidential Inauguration 2017

The inauguration of the 45th U.S. president will serve as the backdrop to a unique learning experience through which you’ll explore issues surrounding the transfer of power and discuss the agenda of the next administration. While in the nation’s capital, you’ll engage with political players and media experts and gain access to important organizations throughout the city.


During the program, you’ll be challenged to elevate your 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.


What activities will be included?

On the first day of the program, faculty director Julia Azari will lay the foundation for the discussions to come, and we’ll set the stage for active listening with a screening of the “Bring It to the Table” documentary.


Each morning, we’ll delve into a different national policy issue with speakers and panelists who have competing views on the subject. Visiting speakers may be national political figures, journalists, issue experts or scholars, and the topics of discussion will include:

  • Election Post Mortem
  • Immigration
  • Race and Equity
  • National Security and Foreign Relations
  • Budget, the Economy and Trade
  • Climate Change and the Environment

After these morning sessions, you will engage in discussion with your small group and faculty leader to identify themes or issues of interest. On select afternoons, you’ll also visit government agencies, embassies, think tanks or other organizations around Washington, D.C. to further your exposure to various points of view on the transfer of presidential power.


Throughout the program, you’ll also have the chance to participate in a budget simulation with The Concord Coalition, experience the Holocaust Museum's "Some Were Neighbors" exhibit, give back through a Day of Service and explore the monuments, National Mall and U.S. Capitol.


Program Details

January 8-21, 2017

Washington, D.C.


Seminar Fee

There is no application fee, but a $200 deposit is due at the time of application. This deposit is applied towards the program fee and is only refunded if the applicant is not accepted into the program.


$2,295 (housing included)



Applicants selected for this academic seminar are guaranteed fully-furnished, apartment-style housing.


Academic Credit

Students may be able to earn academic credit at their institution for participating in this program; however, they are not required to.


How to Apply

To start your application, visit our student portal. We encourage you to view our application requirements before you begin.


Application Deadlines

Submit your application by November 30, 2016 or as space is available.


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