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2014 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.

White House Congressional Relations: Strategic Options for the President and the Congress   

Thursday, December 11th  

Panel included:   

  • Charles Brain: President, Capitol Hill Strategies LLC Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs - Clinton Administration: 2000-2001 Deputy Assistant - Clinton Administration: 1998-1999
  • Nicholas Calio: President and CEO of Airlines for America Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs - George W. Bush Administration: 2001-2003 and George H.W. Bush Administration: 1991-1993
  • Dan Meyer: Partner, Duberstein Group Deputy Assistant to the President - George W. Bush Administration: 2007 Assistant to the President - George W. Bush Administration: 2007-2008
  • Phil Schiliro: Policy Consultant Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs - Obama Administration: 2009-2011; Obama Biden Transition Team: 2008-2009
  • Moderated by Patrick Griffin, Associate Director for Public Policy Programs and Academic Director of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affair - Clinton Administration: 1994-1996

AU Experts Analyze the 2014 Election

Thursday, November 6th at 12PM
Kay Spiritual Life Center

Join CCPS, WPI, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center for an analysis of the 2014 Midterm election results. Discussion will include the following panelists:

  • Anna Greenberg; CCPS Research Fellow and Senior Vice President of Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner
  • Jennifer Lawless; Professor of Government and Director of the Women & Politics Institute
  • Candice Nelson; Professor and Department Chair of Government and Director of the Campaign Management Institute
  • Molly O'Rourke; Executive in Residence, School of Communications

Panel will be moderated by James A. Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, and distinguished university professor.

Lunch will be served from 12:00-12:20 in the Kay Lounge. Panel will take place in the Kay Chapel at 12:30.

Please RSVP to ccps@american.edu or (202)885-3491

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Pre-Election Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 5:15PM
Abramson Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

Join our experts as they forecast the 2014 races: Who will win? Who will lose? How will female candidates far? And why?

  • Glen Bolger, Public Opinion Strategies
  • Margie Omero, Purple Strategies LLC
  • John Sides, George Washington University and The Monkey Cage

Light refreshments to follow the panel discussion.

Please RSVP by October 8th to Diane Hsiung at dianeh@american.edu or (202)885-2903.

Women's History Month Panel Discussion


Thursday, March 27, 2014

WPI and CCPS co-sponsored a women's history month panel discussion. The panel discussed partisanship and polarization in the U.S. Congress and whether more women can help solve these problems. On the panel were Mickey Edwards, Nancy Johnson, and Barbara Kennelly, all of whom served in the U.S. House of Representatives with Gingrich.

Sean Theriault also signed copies of his new book, The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress.

 

Conference on Lobbying Reform in the U.S. and E.U.

On March 17, 2014 the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies hosted an all-day conference on lobbying reform in the U.S. and E.U.

Learn about the panelists

Presentations:

Robert Bauer | Janos Bertok | David Coen | Lee Drutman | Craig Holman | Karl Isaksson | Timothy LaPira | James A. Thurber

Read Holly Yeager's Washington Post Article

Read Neil Vigdor's piece in The Stamford Advocate

Read Prof. LaPira's recent Sunlight Foundation blog post

Conference on Gridlock

On May 9, CCPS will host a full day conference on "American Gridlock: Causes, Characteristics, and Consequences of Polarization" at American University, featuring academics from across the nation.

Full Program

Panelists Bios

Watch

YouTube Conference Playlist

Presentations


Seth Masket's article

Gary Jacobson's paper

Thomas E. Mann's Keynote

For more information, contact ccps@american.edu.

2013 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.

The Impact of the Government Shutdown and Sequestration on the Poor

CCPS Forum with:

  • Marge Clark: Chief lobbyist for Network, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby (Nuns on the Bus)
  • Scott Lilly: Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Moderated by Professor James A. Thurber; University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

CCPS Forum- October 3rd- What’s Wrong With Congress And What Can Be Done About It?

Please Join CCPS at 12:30 in Butler Board Room for this forum. Panel to include:

  • Norm Ornstein- Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Thomas E. Mann- Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

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

Unequal Justice: the Relentless Rise of the 1% Court

On April 8th at noon, join CCPS, the Kay Spiritual Life center, and the Alliance for Justice for a showing of this new film. Discussion to follow

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2012 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 hosted 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.

Bowles Message Hits Home for Graduates - May 12

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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2011 Events

CCPS Forum on Early State Primaries - December 1

CCPS as hosted a forum on early state primaries on Thursday, December 1st from 3:30pm-5:00pm in Butler Boardroom.

Speakers included Glen Bolger, Partner at Public Opinion Strategies, Corey R. Lewandowski, State Director for Americans for Prosperity Foundation - New Hampshire, David Mark, Senior Editor at Politico, and Rob Richie, Executive Director at FairVote.

The forum was moderated by Prof. Candice Nelson. Learn more.

Book Discussion: Obama in Office - November 29

Please join the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on November 29th for a panel discussion of Prof. Thurber's book assessing the Obama Administration. Learn More

Miss the event? Watch the video.

Budget crisis forum - October 26

On October 26th, CCPS and the Kay Spiritual Life Center hosted a lunchtime forum on the budget crisis.

The forum featured Scott Lilly, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Dean Baker, Co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. It was moderated by Prof. James A. Thurber.

Listen to the event

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Obama's first two years in office - April 6

On April 6th, CCPS hosted a half day conference on President Obama's first two years in office. Read Agenda (.pdf)

Missed the event? Read coverage from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Prof. Tama book talk - April 13

CCPS and USFP hosted an author talk featuring Prof. Jordan Tama and his new book on national security. The event took place at American University on April 13th at 4:00pm.

CCPS co-sponsored a conference on March 1st that focused on the role of First Ladies in American history. Learn More

CCPS Celebrated Women's History Month with a panel discussion and book signing with former Congresswomen Elizabeth Holtzman and Connie Morella. Learn more

CCPS and the AU's School of International Service co-hosted the3rd annual Eisenhower Symposium on February 16th. The event featured scholars David A. Nichols, David Ottaway, and Stephen Randolph.

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Dante Chinni discussed his book "Our Patchwork Nation" on Thursday, February 10th at 7pm in Mary Graydon Center Room 4. More Info (.pdf)

2010 Events

On Tuesday, November 16th, Professor Thurber took part in a webinar co-sponsored with Pfizer and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Video of the panel may be viewed from our home page. Learn More

On Wednesday, November 3rd at noon, CCPS will host a post election forum in the Kay Spiritual Life Center. Learn More

On Tuesday, October 12th at 7pm, Professor Thurber addressed the millennial generation's impact on elections as part of the Roosevelt Institute's lecture series. Learn More

On the evening of September 21st, Gary Noesner, the founding Chief of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit came to American University to discuss his new book Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator. Learn More

Deliberation, Obstruction, or Dysfunction?

The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies of American University and the Center for American Progress Location held a forum titled "Deliberation, Obstruction or Dysfunction? Evaluating the Modern U.S. Senate and its Contribution to American Governance" Friday, March 12.

The event was covered by C-Span. The Center for American Progress has also posted video and a full discussion of the forum.

The featured speaker was Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). Read more about Senator Udall's thoughts on filibuster reform.

Other panelists included Thomas E. Mann; Senior Fellow, Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution Scott Lilly; Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress.

Prof. James A. Thurber; Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University moderated the forum. His opening comments are posted here.

Scott Lilly's opening statement is posted here.

Eisenhower and Congress: Lessons for the 21st Century

On Friday, Feb 19, the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies hosted a series of panels featuring some of the top experts on the Eisenhower Presidency. The panels were co-sponsored by The Eisenhower Foundation, American University’s School of International Service, the Eisenhower Presidential Library, and the Eisenhower Institute’s Ann Whitman Domestic Studies Program Committee and the Thomas A. Pappas Program Committee.

Panelists include Fred I. Greenstein, Roger H. Davidson, Richard S. Conley, Stephen Wayne, Jordan Tama, and the keynote address was delivered by Stephen Hess.

The Agenda is available for download here and the speakers' biographies are posted here.The panelists recent works are also available:

Standing Neustadt on His Head: The Leadership Style of Dwight D. Eisenhower by Fred Greenstein

Eisenhower and Depressed-Areas Legislation 1955-1961 by Roger H. Davidson

Signing On and Sounding Off: Signing Statements in the Eisenhower Presidency, 1953-60 by Richard S. Conley

What Congress Looked Like From Inside the Eisenhower White House by Stephen Hess

The Eisenhower Administration: The Bridge from the Personal to the Institutionalized Presidency by Stephen Wayne

Eisenhower, Congress, and Foreign Policy by Jordan Tama

For more information on the panel, please see our news release posted here.

Conference on American Government, Politics and Policy

CCPS Director Prof. James Thurber and his wife, Claudia Hartley Thurber, Esq., Consultant in Occupational Safety and Health Policy, former Counsel for Health Standards, Occupational and Health Administration took part in a conference at The American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, Jan. 25.

The conference, titled "American Government, Politics and Policy," was organized by CCPS and the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and Department of International Studies at AUS. 

Prof. Thurber's talk was titled "President Obama, Congress and the Battle with Interest Groups and Lobbyists" and Claudia Thurber discussed "The Politics of Regulation in the Obama Administration."

Below are links to the program and some of the prepared remarks and presentations of the speakers.

Agenda

President Obama, Congress and the Battle with Interest Groups and Lobbyists by James Thurber

Power Point presentation

Power Point for The Politics of Regulation in the Obama Administration by Claudia Thurber

Managing Expectations, Exploiting Opportunities and Living with Constraints: Congressional Leadership in President Obama’s First Year by Barbara Sinclair, UCLA

The Impact of Personality on Performance: Barack Obama in the Presidency by By Stephen J. Wayne, Georgetown University

CCPS Hosts Ambassadors Luncheon

The Center for Congressional and Presidential studies hosted the first in a series of Ambassador round table lunches at American University on January 12, 2010 The ambassadors of Iceland, France, Nepal, and Ecuador were in attendance, as were staff members from the embassies of Mexico, Ukraine, and South Africa. The topic of the discussion was on President Barack Obama, Congress, and international interests. The discussion was led by CCPS Director Prof. James A. Thurber.

2009 Events

Prof. Thurber Discusses Lobbying with Ukrainian Students and Scholars

CCPS Director and Distinguished Professor of Political Science James Thurber recently spoke to students of Ukraine's National Aviation University in person as well as via Internet with students at Kremenchuk State Polytechnic University about lobbying and ethics. The pages are in Ukrainian, but Google's Translate tool does an adequate job of translating the text to English.

Norm Eisen Headlines Lobby Reform Conference

The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and the Center for American Progress hosted a symposium titled "Undue Influence?: Improving the Regulation of Lobbying" Monday, Sept. 14. Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, was the keynote speaker.

Mr. Eisen discussed the lobbying reforms instituted by the White House under president Obama. These reforms include a general ban (with a handful of exceptions) on lobbyists working for the administration in the same field in which they did recent lobbying work; posting records of nearly all visitors to the White House; and greater transparency, particularly in the decision stages of competitive grant applications.

"We are not here to do the bidding of the special interests..., but to serve the public interest," Eisen told the audience.

Other guest panelists included:

  • Scott Lilly, Chair (Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress)
  • Bob Kaiser (Associate Editor and Senior Correspondent for the Washington Post, author of So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government)
  • Wendell Potter (Senior Fellow at the Center for Media and Democracy, formally director of communications for Cigna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers.)
  • James A. Thurber, Chair (Distinguished Professor of Government at American University, Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies)
  • Patrick J. Griffin (Scholar in residence in the Department of Government and the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Academic Director of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, formerly served as assistant to the President for legislative affairs in the Clinton White House)
  • Melanie Sloan (Executive Director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington)
  • Barbara Sinclair (Professor of American Politics, University of California at Los Angeles, author of six books and numerous articles on Congress and the legislative process)
  • Thomas Susman Chair, (Director, Government Affairs Office for the American Bar Association and co-author of The Lobbying Manual, a Complete Guide to Federal Law Governing Lawyers and Lobbyists published by the ABA)
  • Joseph J. Minarik (Senior Vice President and Director of Research Committee for Economic Development)
  • William Luneburg (Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, co-author of The Lobbying Manual, a Complete Guide to Federal Law Governing Lawyers and Lobbyists published by the ABA)

Press coverage of the symposium:

Center for Responsive Politics: Symposium panelists agree: More disclosure of federal lobbying needed

National Journal: Eisen: Media Attention On Ethics Is Good

American University Press Release: CCPS Cosponsors Conference on Lobbying

Presentations from the conference:

Prof. Thurber's opening statement

Prof. Thurber's Power Point Presentation

Prof. Thurber's Power Point Detailing the Structure of the Washington Lobbying Community

Prof. William Luneburg's opening statement

Melanie Sloan's opening statement

Pat Griffin's opening statement

Bibliography of announcements and executive orders on lobbying and ethics rules from Norm Eisen's office

Ford and Steele Debate

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and Democratic Leadership Council Chairman Harold Ford Jr. verbally sparred over current political topics Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009. The debate was hosted by the Kennedy Political Union and moderated by CCPS director Prof. James Thurber. Read coverage | Watch the video

Bryce Harlow Foundation Award winner announced

Ryan Miskell won the Bryce Harlow Foundation best paper award for the Ethics & Lobbying weekend workshop for Spring, 2009. Read Miskell's paper, President Obama's Attempt to Close the Revolving Door and Its Impact on Advocacy.

The Bryce Harlow Foundation best paper award recognizes the top paper among those written by students in the weekend workshop as determined by the faculty and the Bryce Harlow Foundation board.