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2012 CCPS Events

One of our specialties at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies is the study of lobbying reform in Washington, D.C. CCPS hosts seminars on lobbying reform efforts. In addition, our scholars and students have produced numerous papers and articles on lobbying reforms and our scholars have been interviewed by various media outlets about lobbying reform.

Upcoming Events


Book Talk with Former Rep. Mickey Edwards- November 15th at 5:30pm

Join James A. Thurber and Rep. Mickey Edwards for a spirited discussion on his latest book titled “The Parties vs. the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans

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Past Events

November 8th : CCPS Post Election Forum

 AU experts analyzed the results of the 2012 election.

Panelists included:

  • Candice Nelson; Department Chair of Government (SPA) and Director of the Campaign Management Institute.
  • Jennifer Lawless; Associate Professor of Government (SPA) and Director of the Women & Politics Institute.
  • Leonard Steinhorn; Director of the Public Communication Division (SOC).
  • Dotty Lynch; Executive in Residence (SOC) and CBS News political consultant.
  • Eric Hershberg; Professor of Government (SPA) and Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies.

Moderated by Professor James A. Thurber, Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Distinguished University Professor.

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Table Talk Lunch Series

CCPS and the Kay Spiritual Life Center hosred a Table Talk Lunch Series session on the role of Superpacs.

Wednesday October 10th at 12:30.

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Independents and Swing Voters: Who are they, and will they decide the election?


On September 14th, CCPS hosted a lively forum on the role of swing voters in the 2012 election.

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CCPS and National Journal to Host Environmental Policy Summit - June 6

CCPS and the Newseum hosted a policy summit on Clearing the Air: Debating the Impact of Anti-Pollution Efforts on Public Health, the Economy, and the Environment. Watch the podcast

Bowles Message Hits Home for Graduates - May 12

Watch Fiscal Commission co-chair and CRFB board member Erskine Bowles address AU's graduates about the reality of the U.S. debt and deficit.

CCPS Forum on Delegate Selection - April 25

CCPS Director James A. Thurber and Jeff Berman, Obama 2008 Delegate Director and author of The Magic Number: Inside Obama's Chase for the Presidential Nomination held a spirited discussion on the delegate selection process.

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Latino Politics in the U.S. - February 13

The Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, the Women & Politics Institute, and the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies hostoed an all-day conference on Latino Politics in America.

Morning Agenda
Afternoon Agenda

Celebrating Women's History Month - March 19

The Women & Politics Institute and the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies celebrated the 20th anniversary of the "Year of the Woman" elections.

Book signing and discussion took place on March 19 at 5:15 at American University.

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Primary results discussion - January 25

On Janurary 25th, CCPS hosted a discussion of the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary results and celebrated Professor Candice Nelson’s new book, Grant Park: The Democratization of Presidential Elections 1968-2008.

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