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P. Gary Wyckoff
Wyckoff Essay Published in InsideHigherEd

Using examples from today’s political landscape, Professor of Government P. Gary Wyckoff examined elements of critical thinking in an essay titled “What Exactly Is Critical Thinking,” published by InsideHigherEd in its Oct. 11 edition. “As I prepared for the start of classes this fall, I tried to pinpoint the critical thinking skills I really want my students to learn,” wrote Wyckoff.  “And as I listened to public debates on everything from tax policy to Obamacare, five essential thinking skills seemed to be missing, again and again.”  More ...

Program in Washington students at the American Enterprise Institute.
D.C. Program Students Attend Briefing on Higher Education Policy

Bipartisanship is generally in short supply in Washington.  However, Hamilton’s Program in Washington students got a glimpse of it at a briefing at the American Enterprise Institute on September 19.  Senators Ron Wyden (D, Oregon) and Marco Rubio (R, Florida) discussed a bill they had introduced, the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act.  More ...

Students gathered in Sadove to watch the debate and record their responses.
Students Participate in Live National Poll during Presidential Debate

Tonight Hamilton students will participate with students from six universities across the country in a live, pilot polling project during the presidential debate. Via a new smart phone application, more than a hundred students will be able to “register their in-the-moment reactions to what candidates are saying during a debate, using button taps (e.g. Agree and Disagree), and answering pre- and post-debate survey questions (e.g. partisanship, issue priorities, demographics),” according to the developer’s website.  More ...

Alan Cafruny
Cafruny Presents Paper at Syracuse University

Alan Cafruny, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Affairs, presented a paper at a conference on "The Euro Crisis and the Future of the EU" at the Moynihan Institute for Global Affairs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University on Sept. 20. His paper was titled "The Crisis and the Re-emergence of the 'German Question.'"  More ...

Robert Martin
Martin Delivers USC Constitution Day Address

Professor of Government Robert Martin delivered the Constitution Day lecture on Sept. 17 at the University of South Carolina. The lecture focused on early opposition to popular government and the role those critics played in forming America’s democratic culture.  More ...

Government Faculty Reflect on Document in Constitution Day Panel

After a long, hot, summer 225 years ago on September 17, 1787, a group of men signed their names to the document that would give structure to the fledgling United States: the Constitution. After an early attempt, the Articles of Confederation, had been abandoned, the nation’s founders decided to craft a completely new document, which they did in four months.  More ...

Peter Cannavo
Huffington Post Publishes Cannavo Opinion Piece

Associate Professor of Government Peter Cannavò published "Individualism or Independence?," on Huffington Post on Sept. 10. His piece addressed the Republican Party's embrace of both economic individualism and personal independence as fundamental American values and suggested that the two ideals may be incompatible. Cannavò also argued that the American Founders supported personal independence but were not necessarily economic individualists.  More ...

DC Program students on the balcony of the Newseum.
DC Program Students Begin Semester With Visit to Newseum

Twelve juniors have begun the fall 2012 Program in Washington, which combines academic seminars, independent research and internships. Internships this semester include Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, Democratic National Committee, and a variety of thinks tanks, consulting firms, and non-profits.   The semester  includes a co-curricular program of meetings with policymakers and excursions to take advantage of Washington’s educational and cultural assets. The program is directed this semester by Professor of Government David Paris ’71.  More ...

Philip Klinkner
Huffington Post Publishes Klinkner's Blog on VP Pick

In a Huffington Post article titled “Why the Ryan Pick Fizzled,” Philip Klinkner, the James S. Sherman Professor of Government, discussed why assumed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s selection of U.S. Representative Paul Ryan as his vice president nominee didn't generate an overwhelmingly positive response among voters.  More ...

Peter Adelfio '13 and Benjamin Anderson '14.
Students Research Voter Turnout Among Kirkland Residents

Despite being the world’s oldest continuous democracy, the United States has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the developed world. Peter Adelfio ’13 and Benjamin Anderson ’14 have been awarded a Levitt Group Research Grant to study this paradox by conducting a controlled experiment on methods of increasing voter turnout. They’re being advised by James S. Sherman Professor of Government Philip Klinkner.  More ...

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