November 30, 2021

On their annual fall trip to Washington D.C. on November 10, Wilson Leadership Fellows participated in tours, panels, and discussions designed to encourage students to build political awareness and exhibit civic understanding.

Men in suits shaking hands

As seen below, Capitol Hill sessions encompassed dialogues with leaders—including H-SC alumni—on various topics:

Judges & the Law

Rob Luther ’03—of counsel, Jones Day
James Burnham—partner, Jones Day
Judge Ryan Holte—judge, U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Party Politics Inside and Outside the Beltway

Chris Stirewalt ’97—senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Lobbying / Public and Private Partnerships

John Jennings ’12—assistant director, Government Affairs Insured Retirement Institute

China: The Threat and Great Power Competitor

Chris Stirewalt speaking at a podium

Col. Dwayne Bowyer ’92—visiting fellow, H-SC Wilson Center
Dr. Cynthia Watson—provost, National Defense University
Mr. Ivan Kanapathy—senior associate, Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS

The Theory and Practice of National Security Decision-making

Dr. Richard Hooker—senior fellow, Atlantic Council

Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest Director Ryan Pemberton ’00 says, “Our College has one of the strongest alumni networks in all of higher education, and that is due in large part to alumni who actively participate in our students’ education. Students at H-SC receive a rich, deep, beautiful, liberal arts education on campus. But on trips like this, our alumni help our young men connect theory and practice preparing our students for success beyond the gates.”

Dr. Pemberton and Elliott Professor Emeritus of Government and Foreign Affairs David Marion plan to return to Capitol Hill with their team-taught course, Leadership in the Federal System (INDS 385), in the spring semester from March 5 to 9 to deepen students’ understanding of the nature and complexities of leadership in the U.S. constitutional republic.

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