The Politics of Suffolk

I'm Pat, class of 2014, studying Government in Boston
It is going to be hard to sum up this Academic Seminar (and for those who do not know, an Academic Seminar is a two week seminar on a topic where you hear from speakers and visit different sights around DC related to the Seminar theme) into one blog post. We have heard from some amazing speakers (some not to amazing) and did some pretty eye opening things. We went to the Israeli Embassy, The Woodrow Wilson Center, Voice of America, the Capitol, and Te Heritage Fund and not to mention we attended the Inauguration! (Ill come back to that) As far as speakers go some amazing people we heard from included Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West on a discussion of Poverty, we heard about the grassroots of Obamas campaign from Eugene Kang, special advisor to the President, and we learned a lot about CSpan and had interesting talks with both Brian Lamb and Steve Scully. Overall, the speakers were interesting and being in DC was incredible. I got to meet some other Government majors I had never talked to before and we all got along really well. As far as the inauguration, I suggest everyone watch or read Obamas speech. It was highly inspirational and motivating. It was one of his best. What a feeling to be in a crowd, being addressed by the President, with such a sense of Patriotism and love for America in the air. I will definitely go back to the next Inauguration if I have the chance. Maybe ill even be in DC then working. Best, Pat

It is going to be hard to sum up this Academic Seminar (and for those who do not know, an Academic Seminar is a two week seminar on a topic where you hear from speakers and visit different sights around DC related to the Seminar theme) into one blog post. We have heard from some amazing speakers (some not to amazing) and did some pretty eye opening things. We went to the Israeli Embassy, The Woodrow Wilson Center, Voice of America, the Capitol, and Te Heritage Fund and not to mention we attended the Inauguration! (Ill come back to that) As far as speakers go some amazing people we heard from included Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West on a discussion of Poverty, we heard about the grassroots of Obamas campaign from Eugene Kang, special advisor to the President, and we learned a lot about CSpan and had interesting talks with both Brian Lamb and Steve Scully. Overall, the speakers were interesting and being in DC was incredible. I got to meet some other Government majors I had never talked to before and we all got along really well. As far as the inauguration, I suggest everyone watch or read Obamas speech. It was highly inspirational and motivating. It was one of his best. What a feeling to be in a crowd, being addressed by the President, with such a sense of Patriotism and love for America in the air. I will definitely go back to the next Inauguration if I have the chance. Maybe ill even be in DC then working. Best, Pat