July 15, 2015
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Saint Anselm College, The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), and The George Washington University (GW) today announce that the two schools will jointly offer an innovative and interactive class on politics and elections, with a special focus on the presidential nominating process and the 2016 presidential election, during the 2015 fall semester.
Guest lecturers for the class will be leading political thinkers, operators and reporters, including Democratic strategist James Carville, Romney 2012 campaign manager Matt Rhoades, and Yahoo! News columnist Matt Bai.
"We're going to make this program relevant, exciting and timely," said Carville. "There is no better moment than the thick of a competitive presidential election to dive into what it takes to get a candidate nominated and elected."
"By offering the simultaneous vantage points of the national political establishment and the day-to-day grassroots campaigns, this joint program provides students a unique opportunity to get inside the presidential nomination process by drawing on the strengths of the George Washington University and each of our partners," said Gregory Lebel, director of the Semester in Washington Politics program at GW. "It promises to be a lively and engaging educational experience!"
"Many students come to Saint Anselm because they want to be involved in a presidential primary through our New Hampshire Institute of Politics. This course will give them the opportunity to see a primary in action, engage with political practitioners, and study presidential nomination politics from an academic perspective as well," said Chris Galdieri, assistant professor of politics at Saint Anselm College. "Thanks to our partnerships, we expect this course to be a highlight of our students' time with us."
Classrooms at GW and Saint Anselm will be connected via videoconference, allowing speakers to engage both sets of students in simultaneous discussion. GW students will also travel to New Hampshire in October to engage first-hand in the presidential campaign of their choice. Classes begin September 3.
About the Bipartisan Policy Center
Founded in 2007 by former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue. With projects in multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach. For more information, please visit www.bipartisanpolicy.org.
About The George Washington University
In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries.