Friday, September 6, 2013

Welcome Fall 2013 Participants of the Hamilton College Program in Washington D.C. !

This week kicked off the 44th year for the Hamilton College Program in Washington, D.C. With internships, debates, and excursions, this semester will surely be as exciting, informative, and entertaining as prior semesters. The Department of Justice, Global Policy Group Firm, Qorvis Communications, and the National Organization for Women are just a few of the places where students are interning this semester. This semester the seminar course that accompanies the program, entitled Public Policy Problems: The American Administrative State, focuses on the complexity of the federal executive branch. In addition to learning about bureaucratic politics, agency design, and agency conflict, students will also examine multiple executive branch crises in depth. Hurricane Katrina, the attack on 9/11, the Gulf Oil Spill, and the attacks in Benghazi are a few of the case studies students will analyze.

Wednesday evenings this semester students will get to interact with dynamic speakers and visit important historical landmarks across Washington. Scheduled events include a meeting with Admiral James Loy, former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; a meeting and Capital Tour with Representative Hanna; a Hamilton Media Panel with discussions from Hamilton Alums with media careers in D.C.; and visits to the Pentagon, the Newseum and the National Archives. This Wednesday, students got the chance to hear about lobbying and politics in Washington D.C. from Hamilton Alums Frank Vlossak IV and George Baker of Williams and Jensen. With all that D.C., and the Hamilton College D.C. Program has to offer, it will definitely be a busy and memorable semester!

Professor G. Johnson
Assistant Professor of Government
Fall 2013 Hamilton College Program in Washington, D.C. Director