A New Era of U.S. Politics: Examining the First Year of a Trump Presidency

December 3 – 7, 2017

The Trump presidency upended United States politics and intrigued allies and foes worldwide. In this five-day immersion in the nation’s capital, hear from journalists and experts across the political spectrum whose job is to try to unravel the complicated threads of the Trump White House. Leave with a greater understanding of the current state of U.S. politics and what the future may hold.

One year after the 2016 election and a Trump victory, gather in Washington, D.C., for a symposium examining how the last year has shaped major tenets of U.S. politics. Hear from opinion makers, scholars, grass-roots activists and media experts about the hot issues driving American politics today. Each day will begin with a morning discussion, followed by one morning and one afternoon panel on a variety of topics: the credibility of media in politics, activism in America, national security and immigration, the 2018 midterm elections, the effect of religion on politics, and race and politics. In the evening, continue your discussion at a reception with the group and experts.

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Welcome to Washington

Arrive in Washington, D.C., and check into your hotel, the Willard InterContinental. Just two blocks from the White House, the hotel encompasses almost 200 years of Washington and presidential history. Gather in the late afternoon for a talk focused on major trends in U.S. politics, followed by a welcome reception and dinner.


The Media and Activism in America

This morning, attend a talk focused on the historical relationship of the media and politics in America. Then, sit down with representatives from both a traditional and nontraditional media source for a panel on the current state of journalistic credibility. After lunch, representatives from two separate activism organizations will discuss how and why today’s political state has ushered in a new era of activism. This evening, gather for a reception to wrap up discussions with the day’s panelists.


Immigration and the 2018 Midterm Elections

Begin the morning with a talk on the history of United States immigration policy. Then, sit down with experts for a panel on national security and immigration. Continue discussions over a group lunch. In the afternoon, shift your attention to the future in a discussion of the importance of the 2018 midterm elections for the entire political spectrum. This evening, reconvene at the hotel for an evening reception to wrap up discussions with the day’s panelists.


The Effect of Religion and Race on Politics

Today’s topics begin with the intersection of religion and politics throughout United States history. Then attend a panel discussing the influence of religion on the political realm today. Continue discussions over lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon panel focuses on race in America. You can end the day with a self-guided tour at the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Wrap-Up and Farewell

Your final day begins with a wrap-up breakfast featuring the panelists and experts you have heard from throughout the program, giving you the chance to reflect upon the issues and discussions from the week and leave with a better understanding on the current state of U.S. politics. Then it’s time to leave Washington.

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The Willard InterContinental
This iconic hotel, located just two blocks from the White House, is steeped in 200 years of history.

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