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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
3/29/18- A Conversation with The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
4/16/18- Citizen Now: Engaging in Politics and Democracy, a book talk with Professor Elizabeth C. Matto
4/18/18- Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop - Communicating Risk Regarding Science and Health: Lead Toxicity and Public Policy
4/19/18- The Role of State Attorneys General in the Current Political Climate with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
4/24/18- Standing on Principle: Lessons Learned in Public Life, book talk with former Governor James J. Florio
4/26/18- The Class of '74: Congress After Watergate & the Roots 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

Monday, February 12, 2018

Watch the video recording of this event on our YouTube channel!

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.


Made possible by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation

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The Center for Youth Political Participation presents

RU Running?

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Open to current Rutgers students only

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

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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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Watch the video recording of this event on our YouTube channel!

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.


Made possible by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation

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The Center for American Women and Politics presents

March 9-10, 2018

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:

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Watch the video recording of this event on our YouTube channel!

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Citizen Now: Engaging in Politics and Democracy

A Book Talk with Professor Elizabeth C. Matto

Monday, April 16, 2018

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.

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Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop
Communicating Risk Regarding Science and Health:
Lead Toxicity and Public Policy

Featured Speakers:

  • Daniel J. Van Abs, Department of Human Ecology
    Discussion of NJ Clean Water Council
  • Brian Buckley, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute
    Discussion of testing of water for lead in NJ
  • Deborah Spitalnik, Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
    Discussion of the effect of lead poisoning (paint and water) on children’s development
  • William K. Hallman, Department of Human Ecology
    Discussion of risk perception and how different audiences need to be addressed
  • Itzhak Yanovitzky, School of Information and Communication
    Discussion of how scientists and experts are perceived by the public and policy makers, audience analysis, and how to get access to the right people to send your message
Followed by an interactive case study activity to practice communication skills

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
4:00 PM
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Research Tower, Deans Conference Room 123
675 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, NJ

Open to current Rutgers students, faculty, and staff only.
General admission FREE - RSVP required
Register here!

Directions available here 

The Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop is offered in collaboration with the following partners (list in formation): The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences; Departments of Neuroscience & Cell Biology and Pediatrics, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Division of Life Sciences; Graduate School-New Brunswick; Office of the Executive Dean, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; The Rutgers University iJOBS program, which is funded by a Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training grant from the NIH.

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The Center for American Women and Politics presents

The Role of State Attorneys General
in the Current Political Climate

Maura Healey
Massachusetts Attorney General

Standing on Principle - Florio book

Maura Healey was elected Attorney General of Massachusetts in 2014, Since taking office she has tackled issues including the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, escalating health care costs, workers' rights and student loan costs. She has focused on strengthening consumer protections and on improving the Massachusetts criminal justice system. In May 2015, she announced that her office would provide six weeks of paid family leave for all employees – making the AG’s Office the first state agency in Massachusetts to offer paid parental leave.

Her office has also helped shape state legislation that would expand opportunities for women in the workplace including Pay Equity and Pregnant Workers Fairness bills. As former head of the office’s Civil Rights Division, Healey was the architect of the state’s successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and argued the case in federal court. As Attorney General, she has advocated for marriage equality and in support of bills to fight discrimination against transgender people. She is one of only seven women currently serving as Attorney General and is the first openly gay person ever elected as a state Attorney General.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00 PM

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

General admission FREE - RSVP required
Register here!

Directions available here 

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The Eagleton Center on the American Governor invites you to
join us to celebrate the release of a new book by Governor James J. Florio

Standing on Principle: Lessons Learned in Public Life

Standing on Principle - Florio book

Featuring a conversation between
Governor Florio and MSNBC's Steve Kornacki


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
5:30 PM - Reception
6:00 PM - Program

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

Books will be available for purchase and signing.
General admission FREE - RSVP required
Register here!

Directions available here 

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The Albert W. Lewitt Endowed Lecture

The Class of '74:
Congress After Watergate and the Roots 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 worked in the House of Representatives for 38 years, the last eight as chief of staff to Speaker and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of California's Washington Center. Lawrence earned his doctorate in American history from the University of California at Berkeley.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
7:00 PM

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

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

General admission FREE - RSVP required
Register here!

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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