Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
will host a discussion on... "What does it Mean to be a Conservative?" Monday, November 17 at 7:30 PM At the Alexander Hamilton Institute Rides will be available from ELS at 7:15 We will discuss the following two articles: By Russell Kirk: http://www.kirkcenter.org/kirk/ten-principles.html By Michael Oakeshott: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/4887/conservative.html The Edmund Burke Association is a student group dedicated to discussion of the foundational principles of conservatism.
The Edmund Burke Association...
will host a discussion on...
"What does it Mean to be a Conservative?"
Monday, November 17 at 7:30 PM
At the Alexander Hamilton Institute
Rides will be available from ELS at 7:15
We will discuss the following two articles:
By Russell Kirk: http://www.kirkcenter.org/kirk/ten-principles.html
By Michael Oakeshott: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/4887/conservative.html
The Edmund Burke Association is a student group dedicated to discussion of the foundational principles of conservatism.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
The Career Center, Government Department & HCAWEG (Association of Women in Economics & Government)
Careers in International Affairs
an information session with panelists from the National Endowment for Democracy, Government Department & the Brookings Institute
Wednesday, November 12th at 7:30pm
Dwight Lounge (dress is business casual)
Please reserve your seat on HamNET
National Endowment for Democracy
Senior Program Officer for Russia and Ukraine
Visiting Assistant Professor of Government
Former Senior Associate Director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center
Emily Alinikoff '07
The Brookings Institution
Research Assistant, Foreign Policy
Just some of the topics you can look forward to:
- What are some recent trends or events that will impact a person's starting in the field of International Affairs?
- What are some of the typical career options within International Affairs?
- Plus, panelists' own experiences regarding their education and career paths
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
to join LinkedIn, the Facebook for professionals. LinkedIn's CEO Dan Nye was a Government major at Hamilton. He told students last spring that if that joined, fully completed a profile, and built a list of 100 contacts, he guaranteed that something good would happen.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The Publius Society, which is co-sponsoring Sutton lecture, is a student group that sponsors student-faculty discussions about constitutional issues. The group meets over scrumptious desserts at the Alexander Hamilton Institute in Clinton. After the Sutton lecture, the next meeting will be on the evening of 9/28 to discuss the Electoral College. Publius is a very politically diverse and fun group. To get on their mailing list, contact Sanjana Nafday '10 (snafday) or join Publius Society Facebook group.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Political scientists Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler provided two groups of volunteers with the Bush administration's prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. One group was given a refutation -- the comprehensive 2004 Duelfer report that concluded that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction before the United States invaded in 2003. Thirty-four percent of conservatives told only about the Bush administration's claims thought Iraq had hidden or destroyed its weapons before the U.S. invasion, but 64 percent of conservatives who heard both claim and refutation thought that Iraq really did have the weapons. The refutation, in other words, made the misinformation worse.
A similar "backfire effect" also influenced conservatives told about Bush administration assertions that tax cuts increase federal revenue. One group was offered a refutation by prominent economists that included current and former Bush administration officials. About 35 percent of conservatives told about the Bush claim believed it; 67 percent of those provided with both assertion and refutation believed that tax cuts increase revenue.
In a paper approaching publication, Nyhan, a PhD student at Duke University, and Reifler, at Georgia State University, suggest that Republicans might be especially prone to the backfire effect because conservatives may have more rigid views than liberals: Upon hearing a refutation, conservatives might "argue back" against the refutation in their minds, thereby strengthening their belief in the misinformation. Nyhan and Reifler did not see the same "backfire effect" when liberals were given misinformation and a refutation about the Bush administration's stance on stem cell research.
The full paper is here. Also Brendan Nyhan, one of the co-authors runs a great blog, so check it out.
Friday, September 12, 2008
The Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, will present the inaugural David Aldrich Nelson Lecture in Constitutional Jurisprudence on Constitution Day, 17 September, at 7:30 pm in the Hamilton College Chapel. The lecture, sponsored by the AHI in conjunction with Senior Fellow Ted Eismeier and the Hamilton College government department, is open to the public.
Judge Sutton received a B. A. from Williams College in 1983 and LL. B. from the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University in 1990. He served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Meskill of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Justice Lewis Powell and Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court. Nominated for the Sixth Circuit by President George W. Bush, Judge Sutton was confirmed by the Senate in 2003. He will be presenting on "Originalism or the Living Constitution? Interpreting the Supreme Court."
The lecture honors David Aldrich Nelson, whom Judge Sutton succeeded on the Sixth Circuit. Judge Nelson was graduated from Hamilton College, 1954, valedictorian of his class. He attended the Harvard Law School and read law as a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University, in England. He began the practice of law with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio, and served on active duty at the Pentagon as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the Secretary of the Air Force. President Nixon appointed him General Counsel of the Post Office Department in 1969, and he later became Senior Assistant Postmaster General and General Counsel of the reorganized United States Postal Service. He rejoined his former law firm in 1972, remaining with it until President Reagan appointed him to the bench in 1985. Judge Nelson took senior status in 1999 but continued to hear cases until he closed his chambers in 2006. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was a long-standing member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He has served as a trustee of Hamilton College and as a member of the National Council of the Ohio State University College of Law.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Hamilton Engage 08, a non-partisan student voter engagement campaign, will hold a voter registration outside of the Kirkland Cottage during Matriculation on Tuesday, August 26. The table will be open from 11:00 am - 5:30 pm.
RSVP on Facebook
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help or if you have questions.
More about Hamilton Engage 08
Thursday, August 7, 2008
A sampling of events this semester:
September 17, Constitution Day lecture by Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
November 9, Alumni panel on the election
December 2, Town hall meeting on diversity and social capital
December 3, lecture on civic engagement by John Werner, Executive Director of Citizen Schools
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed this resolution by a recorded vote of 423-0; it recognizes the women's lacrosse team's NCAA championship.
Rep. Mike Castle '61 (R-Del.) spoke about the resolution on the House floor, at some point cutting his prepared remarks to say, "in short, Hamilton College is the finest college in the United States."
If it says so in the Congressional Record, it must be true?
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Of all Hamilton and Kirkland graduates who are married, about 16% are married to a Hamilton or Kirkland graduate. But that includes those who graduated prior to the creation of Kirkland in 1968 or the merger in 1978. For post-merger grads, I estimate the percentage to be 20-25%.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sanjana Nafday '10 has been elected as President of the Publius Society and Evan Klondar '11 Vice President for fall, 2008. Tim Eismeier '10 will be the DC lobbyist for Publius. Thanks to Steve Sallan '08 for his leadership of Publius this year.
The Publius Society is a diverse group of students and faculty who meet monthly for refreshment and discussions about American constitutional democracy at the Alexander Hamilton Institute.
Watch for notice of first event in September. Join the Publius group on Facebook.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Stuart Ingis '93 gave a talk titled "The Policy of Privacy" concerning Internet law and privacy protection on Thursday, April 24. Ingis, a partner in the law firm of Venable LLP, discussed current topics of debate around Internet policy and the possible implications that shaping Internet policy has for democracy in the near and distant future.
The Green Party, led by Sam Dwyer, won a mock parliamentary debate sponsored by the students in Government 112: Introduction to Comparative Politics. The debate was held in the fictitious country of West Europa on April 17 and was the capstone of a semester-long project in the course taught by Assistant Professor of Government Sharon Werning Rivera.
Six party leaders faced a lively and enthusiastic audience as they debated issues pertinent to real European countries, such as immigration policy, unemployment, regional separatism, and the war in
The panel of expert judges, which decided the winner based on the content and delivery of the presentations, included Professor of Communication Catherine Phelan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Shelley McConnell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Government, Oral Communication Lab Peer Tutor Ntokozo Xaba '08, and David R. Foster '10.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Don't miss your colleagues speaking about their research for senior theses. Reception in Little Pub follows each set of presentations.
Monday April 21 7PM
Matt D'Amico, "Digital Pluralism: The Internet and Interest Groups"
Jack Prior, "Don't Tase Me Bro, but Vote for Me: Youtube and Campaigns"
Sarah Bryant, "Money and Politics: Assessing BCRA in 2006 and 2008"
Reid Snyder, "The Selling of the President 1968-2008: The Changing Role of Campaign Consultants"
Location Science G041
Tuesday, April 22 7PM
Jon Glusband, "Magnum Force: Gun Control as a Campaign Issue"
Katie Plummer, "We are the Change:The Electoral Significance of Generation Y"
Tuesday, April 22 7PM
Location Science G041
Wednesday April 23 7PM
Ann Bickerton, "Is a Woman's Place in the White House? Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Gender"
Emanuel Rosario, "Issues of Race and Ethnicity in Disaster Preparedness and Planning: The Case of Katrina" Location: Kirner-Johnson 223
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
From Wenxi Li :
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
I wrote a few weeks ago about MoveOn.org's "Obama in 30 Seconds."
I wanted to let you know that we've set a new deadline for submissions: April 15th.
f you know of students who are working on an ad, it'd be great if you could let them know about the extra time. And if you posted the flyer that we sent, we've posted a new one with the updated dates at: http://cdn.moveon.org/content/pdfs/Obama30Flyer-color.pdf
Thanks so much for your time!
-Laura Dawn, Creative Director, MoveOn.org
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Congratulations to Nick Tampio, who has accepted a tenure track position at
Congratulations to Peter Cannavo, who was hired in a national search for a newly authorized tenure track position in environmental politics. Peter will be on a research leave in 2008-2009, and the department is in the process of hiring a visiting professor to teach his courses.
After a term as Associate Dean of Students, Phil Klinkner will be on research leave in 2008-2009.
Carol Drogus continues her service as Associate Dean of Students. She will be replaced again next year by Shelley McConnell.
Cheng Li continues his leave at the Brookings Institution. He will be replaced again by Dingding Chen.
Frank Anechiarico will be teaching at the Air Force Academy in 2008-2009. He will be replaced by Morgan Marietta, who will teach Con Law, APP, Parties and Elections, and a new course called the Politics of the Supreme Court. .
Rob Martin will direct the Semester in Washington Program in fall, 2008. Ted Eismeier will direct the program in spring, 2009.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
When the House of Representatives returned from recess in January, the Rayburn and Longworth cafeterias greeted us with a new food service provider. The new service is more ecologically friendly, sustainable, part of Speaker Pelosi's "Greening the Capitol."
But those white and green coffee cups STILL get too hot. Thankfully, I went to Hamilton College and spent enough time in the Green Cafe at McEwen dining hall to remember that.
Perhaps when Amb. Walker holds his discussion on April 10, I'll bring a cup of Cafe Kilimanjaro from Cannon carry-out, just for old time sake (even if it isn't 8:30 in the morning).
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
This fall, George Baker '74 and Frank Vlossak '89 will co-teach a course on lobbying and government relations. Partners in the firm of Williams and Jensen, one of the nation's leading independently owned government relations law firms, Baker and Vlossak will bring their great experience as practitioners into the classroom. See course description below. To learn more about them, click on title of this post to go to Williams and Jensen website.
Lobbying and Government Relations
Analysis of the representation of interests in American national government. The history of the role of lobbyists in the Washington community and the contemporary profession of government relations. Strategies of lobbying Congress and the executive branch. Issues of reform, including ethics rules and campaign finance. Emphasis on exploring theories and practice of lobbying/government relations through use of case studies and engagement of the class in practical “real world” lobbying exercises
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I grew up in a small town without many opportunities for a young professional with a top-tier college degree. So, I came back down to D.C. without a formal job offer and started pounding pavement. After a summer of relative frustration, I landed on my feet working as the House Committees Editor for the GalleryWatch division of the Roll Call group, part of the company that owns the iconic British magazine The Economist.
To see what that actually means, your best bet would be to log in to your Lexis-Nexis account and search for my name; my exploits writing for our subscription-based online publication CongressNow are well archived.
Back when you went through your freshman orientation, President Stewart probably gave you a copy of The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. Remember that. The ability of Hamilton students to write well is recognized in this city. Those writing-intensive courses at the 100-level in the Government department (and the History department . . . ) that you may have despised in progress really do provide a marketable skill.
Feel free to e-mail me at niels.lesniewski (AT) gmail.com with any questions you may have or if you are on the hunt.
By the way, anyone looking for an internship in political journalism this summer for the Hamilton semester in D.C. in the fall, should absolutely contact me with your resume ASAP. No promises, but . . .
Monday, March 17, 2008
I did the D.C. program with Professor Eismeier in the Spring of 2006 interning for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Fox News' D.C. bureau. That summer, I stayed in D.C. and interned at the Republican National Committee. These opportunities - thanks to Hamilton's D.C. program - gave me a pretty strong resume coming out of Hamilton when I graduated last spring and allowed me to jump right on a presidential campaign.
I lucked out in a couple different ways. For one, the timing of my graduation coincided with the presidential campaign cycle so that campaigns were gearing up as I was coming on the professional scene. Also, because the Thompson campaign started later than others, and because I was willing to start as an unpaid volunteer (read intern), I truly got in on the ground floor and was in the office when it was pretty much just department heads. Before the campaign ended, I had two people working under me.
I also recommend working on a presidential campaign because they are filled with young people. On the Thompson campaign, there were at least ten kids who had also just graduated in 2007. Though I worked seven long days a week, I was always with my friends, so it often didn't feel like work at all.
The biggest reason I would recommend working on a presidential campaign is the opportunity that comes afterwards. Though Fred's bid for the White House ended prematurely, my young friends from campaign and I have all gone on to bigger and better things. One of my friends got a job at one of the premier public relations firm in the country. Another is now in charge of surrogate scheduling in the media shop at the McCain campaign. One friend now works at the White House and another in fundraising for McCain. I got a job as the executive assistant to a former governor and senator from Virginia who now has a consulting/lobbying firm.
To make it in D.C., the first thing one must do is get his or her foot in the door. Hamilton's D.C. program is an unbelievable way to do this. The next thing to do is turn relationships you make while getting your foot in the door into a real job where you can show someone your abilities and work ethic. There is always a high rate of turn-over in D.C. and other than the entertainment industry and professional sports, there is no better place where a young person can make an impact and move up quickly than politics in Washington D.C.
And it all starts with the D.C. program. Whether you want to one day be a chief of staff on the Hill or give your life to spreading awareness about your favorite cause, any Hamilton student who's interested in working in D.C. should absolutely do the D.C. program. If I can ever be of any help to any student, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
People To Contact
Hamilton Alum with Congressional Backgrounds (LinkedIn can help you find them)
Hamilton Washington Semester Professors
Congressional Committees (Pick a few whose jurisdiction interests you and then cold call them to inquire about internships)
Your Members of Congress (Whether it's the House or Senate, Members are always looking for applicants from their district or state)
One Last Tip
Feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be more than happy to let you know when I hear of openings from friends and former colleagues.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
grassroots support for progressive causes, political candidates, public
interest campaigns, and non-profit fundraising operations, is interviewing
potential staff for their campaigns to Take Back the White House.
Grassroots Campaigns’ current and past clients include MoveOn.org, the
Democratic National Committee, the ACLU, and the League of Conservation
Voters. We are hiring for the following positions:
Position: Citizen Outreach Director
Citizen Outreach Directors and Assistant Directors manage grassroots
fundraising offices. They work with a team of other directors to recruit,
train, and work with a staff of up to 100 paid canvassers to build support
for the 2008 elections and a wide range of nonprofit organizations.
Position: Field Organizer
Field Organizers work in targeted Congressional districts and major
metropolitan areas around the country. They will recruit, train, and work
with volunteers to build the support needed to win on critical issues and
get good candidates elected. In fall 2008 Field Organizers will help run
one of the largest get-out-the-vote drives in the country.
For all positions:
Sound communication and motivational skills, strong desire for political
change, and work ethic are essential. We are looking for people who have a
strong leadership background, and who are ready to take on a lot of
responsibility. Previous field organizing or canvass experience is a plus,
but not a pre-requisite.
Annual salary begins at $24,000, and increases commensurate with
experience. Staff may opt into our health care plan. Student loan
assistance repayment program offered.
Not a Senior? Grassroots is running one of the largest field operations in
HISTORY. We are hiring students for SUMMER JOBS in our offices across the
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Learn great communication skills and get to participate in one of the most
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