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Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies

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Professor James Thurber and Bryce Harlow Foundation President Linda Dooley meet at a recent CCPS event. The Bryce Harlow Foundation is a major contributor to the Bryce Harlow Workshop on Ethics and Lobbying.

Weekend Workshops

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The Use of the Internet in Advocacy Campaigns
The Art and Craft of Lobbying

Instructor: Alan Rosenblatt
October 17 & October 24

No president will ever be elected again without an Internet strategy, and the odds of being elected for other offices without an Internet strategy are slim. Thanks to YouTube, two senators lost their elections in 2006. Mobile phones and the social web are being used to organize mass protests. Bloggers took down former CBS anchor Dan Rather and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. Clearly, the world of political and issue campaigns has changed in the digital age. In this course students explore new strategies possible in a networked world and learn what it takes to be a digital political strategist.

Managing Advocacy Campaigns
The Art and Craft of Lobbying

Instructor: Patrick Griffin
October 31 and November 7

This course will examine the critical elements necessary for organizing and managing advocacy campaigns. It will explore internal factors that impact an organization's ability to succeed in highly charged political environments. Presentations and discussions will examine advocacy campaign dynamics with respect to setting strategic policy objectives, securing essential resources, establishing management roles, recruiting the professional team, and developing internal and external communication processes. Particular attention will be paid to how these elements interact to inhibit or foster a successful campaign.

Bryce Harlow Workshop on Ethics and Lobbying
The Art and Craft of Lobbying
February 6 and February 13

This course will explore the legal, personal, and professional ethics of lobbying. We will discuss and analyze the transcendent issues of values, the law, conflicts of interest, the foundation of ethics, and the meaning of integrity in political advocacy. Support for the workshop comes from the Bryce Harlow Foundation.


Campaign Management Institute Weekend Workshop
Instructor: Candice Nelson
February 20 and February 27


Campaign Management Institute Weekend Workshop
Instructor: Candice Nelson
April 2 and April 9


Students should see their academic adviser for information on enrolling in the institutes. Weekend Workshops are open only to AU students.