WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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
For more information on Inside Washington 2013 academic seminars, please visit www.twc.edu/inauguration.
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. For more information visit: www.twc.edu.
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