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Spring 2018 events:
2/12/18- William Kristol: Our Country, the Constitution and Conservatism
2/15/18- RU Running?: Political Campaign Training for Rutgers Students
2/28/18- A Conversation with David Frum
3/9-10/18- Ready to Run®: Campaign Training for Women
4/16/18- Citizen Now: Engaging in Politics and Democracy, a book talk with Professor Elizabeth C. Matto
4/26/18- The Class of '74: Congress After Watergate & Rise of Partisanship, a book talk with John Lawrence
6/7-12/18- NEW Leadership™: Public Leadership Training for College Women

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Our Country, the Constitution and Conservatism
William Kristol

Editor-at-Large, The Weekly Standard
Founder
, Project for the Republican Future

William Kristol is the editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine and blog. He is a regular on ABC’s This Week and on ABC’s special events and election coverage, and appears frequently on other leading political commentary shows.

Before starting The Weekly Standard in 1995, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. Prior to that, Kristol served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the first Bush Administration, and to Education Secretary William Bennett under President Reagan.

Before coming to Washington in 1985, Kristol was on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Kristol earned his doctorate in political science at Harvard University.

Monday, February 12, 2018
7:00 PM

Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center
100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ


Made possible by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation

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The Center for Youth Political Participation presents

RU Running?

Interested in politics?
Think you might want to run for office someday or work on a campaign?Participate in RU Running?

A joint project of the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Center for Youth Political Participation and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey's Young People's Network, RU Running? is a FREE training for politically interested Rutgers students considering running for public office.

RU Running? will include:

  • Connecting student participants with young adults holding elected public office
  • Learning how to access the political system including ways to become involved in campaigns
  • Understanding the basics of campaigns such as fundraising, media training, and Internet strategies

Thursday, February 15, 2018
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Light dinner included

Eagleton Institute of Politics
191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ

Open to current Rutgers students only
General admission FREE - RSVP required
Register here!

Directions available here 

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A Conversation with David Frum

Senior Editor at The Atlantic
Author, Trumpocracy
Former Speechwriter and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush

David Frum is a senior editor at The Atlantic and a former chairman of the British think tank, Policy Exchange. In 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. He is a regular guest on CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC.

Frum is the author of nine books. His most recent, Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, analyzes the Trump presidency. Frum’s first book, Dead Right, was described by Frank Rich of The New York Times as, “the smartest book written from the inside about the American conservative movement,” and by the late William F. Buckley as, “the most refreshing ideological experience in a generation.” His memoir of the Bush administration, The Right Man, was a #1 New York Times bestseller.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
7:00 PM

Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center
100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ

General admission FREE - RSVP required
Register here!

Directions available here 


Made possible by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation

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The Center for American Women and Politics presents

Now is as good a time as any to make a difference in your community by running for office, getting involved in campaigns, or advocating for issues you care about. Among the things you'll learn at our Ready to Run® bipartisan program for women:

  • Practical "how-tos" for candidates
  • Real world advice and best practices from the experts
  • Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership
  • The ins and outs of New Jersey politics
  • Tips and tools for legislative advocacy
  • Campaigning in a digital age

Three pre-program Diversity Initiative sessions address the interests of women of color:

March 9-10, 2018
Douglass Student Center
100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ

Register here!

Directions available here 

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Citizen Now: Engaging in Politics and Democracy

A Book Talk with Professor Elizabeth C. Matto

Citizen Now offers a comprehensive description of the composition and behavior of young adults, an explanation and critique of the study of youth engagement, and a unique approach and methodology for appreciating how and why "citizen now" engages in politics and democracy. Citizen Now considers youth political participation from the perspective of young adults themselves - specifically, young adults who've organized around an issue of great concern to Millennials, their economic well-being. This text's fresh take on the important subject of youth engagement offers both a path for future research and practical guidance on how to engage "citizen now" in politics and democracy.

Professor Matto is the director of the Center for Youth Political Participation and an associate research professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She earned her doctorate in American politics at the George Washington University and, prior to her work at Eagleton, taught a variety of courses at Princeton University, Temple University, and George Washington University.

Monday, April 16, 2018
4:00 PM
- Reception
4:30 PM - Book Talk
Eagleton Institute of Politics
191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ

General admission FREE - RSVP required
Registration available in March

Directions available here 

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The Albert W. Lewitt Endowed Lecture

The Class of '74:
Congress After Watergate & Rise of Partisanship

A Book Talk with John Lawrence

From the publisher:

In November 1974, following the historic Watergate scandal, Americans went to the polls determined to cleanse American politics. Instead of producing the Republican majority foreshadowed by Richard Nixon’s 1972 landslide, dozens of GOP legislators were swept out of the House, replaced by 76 reforming Democratic freshmen. In The Class of '74, John A. Lawrence examines how these newly elected representatives bucked the status quo in Washington, helping to effectuate unprecedented reforms. Lawrence’s long-standing work in Congress afforded him unique access to former members, staff, House officers, and journalists. Their observations help reshape our understanding of the Class and of a changing Congress through frank, humorous, and insightful opinions.

Today, many observers point to gerrymandering, special-interest money, and a host of other developments to explain the current dysfunction of American politics. In The Class of '74, Lawrence argues that these explanations fail to recognize deep roots of partisanship. To fully understand the highly polarized political environment that now pervades the House and American politics, we must examine the complex politics, including a more open and contentious House, that emerged in the wake of Watergate.

John A. Lawrence is a visiting professor at the University of California's Washington Center. He worked in the House of Representatives for 38 years, the last eight as chief of staff to Speaker and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Lawrence earned his doctorate in American history from the University of California at Berkley.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
7:00 PM

Eagleton Institute of Politics
191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ

General admission FREE - RSVP required
Registration available in March

Directions available here 

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The Center for American Women and Politics presents

NEW Leadership™ New Jersey is a program hosted by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey to educate, empower, and encourage college women to become politically active and to take on leadership roles.

The NEW Leadership™ summer institute is a non-partisan, six-day residential program that will take place June 7-12, 2018 at the Eagleton Institute of Politics in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During the summer institute, students meet women leaders, learn about women in American politics, and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops, and hands-on projects. After the summer institute, participants are encouraged to continue to develop their leadership skills. NEW Leadership™ alumnae will be invited to return to CAWP for special events and programs.

June 7-12, 2018

Applications due March 26, 2018
Apply here!

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