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Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies

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  • Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
    (202) 885-3491
    ccps@american.edu

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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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Big Data and Modern Campaign Challenges

Campaign Management Institute
Instructor: Candice Nelson

September 6 & September 13

The era of big data is changing the ways modern campaigns coordinate each aspect of voter communication. This course examines how the explosion of information and the channels of communication have both made it harder to get a campaign's message through to the right voters, yet also have become the key to coordinated targeting and communications efforts on campaigns.

The Use of the Internet in Advocacy Campaigns

The Art and Craft of Lobbying
Instructor: Alan Rosenblatt
September 20 & September 27


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 11 & October 18

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 7 & February 14

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 Leadershop                                                                 Campaign Management Institute
Instructor: C. Nelson
March 21 & March 28

Running for Office                                                                Campaign Management Institute
Instructor: Candice Nelson
 April 21& April 28

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