Seminars

We offer one-time, off-the-record seminars on political practice. Each seminar is capped at 15 students and lasts for two hours. Students who attend are undergraduates and graduates, liberals and conservatives, political junkies and political newcomers. No experience is required.

 
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Jeff Flake

Former Senator from Arizona. Former Representative for Arizona’s 6th congressional district.

Date: Sept. 23, 4-6pm

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Jahana Hayes

Representative for Connecticut’s 5th district. Former National Teacher of the Year.

Date: TBA

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James Carville

Bill Clinton’s chief strategist. Political commentator and media personality. Hosted CNN’s Crossfire.

Date: Oct. 24, 4-6pm

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Deval Patrick

Former Governor of Massachusetts. Assistant Attorney General under Bill Clinton.

Date: Oct. 3, 4-6pm

 
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Nanette Barragán

Representative for California’s 44th district. Member of the Hermosa Beach City Council.

Date: TBA

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Joe Crowley

Former Representative for New York’s 14th district. Former Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

Date: TBA

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Robby Mook

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign Manager. President of House Majority PAC.

Date: TBA

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Yvette Clarke

Representative for New York’s 9th district. Former member of the New York City Council.

Date: Oct. 7, 4-6pm

 
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Richard Shelby

Senator from Alabama. Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Served in the Senate since 1987.

Date: Nov. 1, 4-6pm

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Karen Dunn

Debate prepper for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Specializes in complex civil litigation and trials.

Date: TBA

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David Litt

Speechwriter for Barack Obama. Lead writer on four White House Correspondents Dinners.

Date: Sep. 24, 4-6pm

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Alyssa Mastromonaco

White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Barack Obama. Senior adviser and spokesperson for NARAL.

Date: Nov. 20, 4-6pm

 
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Marshall Ganz

Developed Obama organizing model. Harvard professor. Organized for the SNCC and with Cesar Chavez.

Date: Sep. 27, 4-6pm

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Emmy Ruiz

Senior Advisor to Kamala Harris. Organizer focused on empowering women, Latinos, and young voters.

Date: TBA

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Debbie Dingell

Representative for Michigan’s 12th district. Democratic Policy and Communications Co-Chair.

Date: TBA

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Carlos Curbelo

Former Representative for Florida’s 26th district. Republican advocate for climate change laws.

Date: TBA

 
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David Frum

Speechwriter for George W. Bush. Created the phrase “axis of evil.” Senior editor at The Atlantic.

Date: Dec. 3, 4-6pm

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Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Activist, political theorist, and movement builder. Co-founder of Way to Win and Emergent Fund.

Date: Oct. 28, 4-6pm

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Jeremy Bird

National Field Director for Obama 2012. Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40. Founder of 270 Strategies.

Date: Nov. 6, 4-6pm

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Secky Fascione

Organizing Director for Mothers Out Front. Decades of organizing experience including NEA and SEIU.

Date: Nov 4, 4-6pm

 
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Mark Putnam and Fred Davis

Workshop with two top political ad-makers—one Democrat and one Republican.

Date: Oct. 25 and Oct. 26

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Bob Bauer

White House Counsel under Barack Obama. General Counsel to the DNC and Obama for America.

Date: Oct. 8, 4-6pm

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Marc Thiessen

Chief speechwriter for George W. Bush. Columnist for the Washington Post and a fellow at AEI.

Date: Oct. 2, 4-6pm

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Jeff Berman

Barack Obama’s delegate selection director. Hillary Clinton’s delegate strategist.

Date: Oct. 1, 4-6pm


“A new series of student-sponsored master classes is bringing top-level political operatives to campus, not to talk about their ideologies or partisan points of view, but to reveal the secrets of their winning strategies — completely off the record.”

YaleNews


Previous Guests

 
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Jamie Raskin

Representative for Maryland’s 8th district. Constitutional law professor. Harvard Law Review editor.

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Richard Trumka

President of the AFL-CIO. Works so that workers can determine their wages and working conditions.

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Mikie Sherrill

Representative for New Jersey’s 11th district. Former prosecutor and US Navy helicopter pilot.

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Chrissy Houlahan

Representative for Pennsylvania’s 6th district. Former start-up COO and United States Air Force officer.

 
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Charlie Fern

Speechwriter for Laura Bush and George W. Bush. Wrote first radio address delivered by a First Lady.

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Lacy Clay

Representative for Missouri’s 1st district. Former Representative in the Missouri Senate.

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Amanda Litman

Founder of Run for Something, a PAC that recruits and supports progressives running for office.

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Trey Gowdy

Former Representative for South Carolina’s 4th district. Former House Benghazi Committee Chair.

 
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Mark McKinnon

George W. Bush’s and John McCain’s chief media advisor. Co-host of SHOWTIME’s The Circus.

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Ben Cardin

Senator from Maryland. Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Sean Patrick Maloney

Representative for New York’s 18th district. First openly gay person to represent New York.

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Chellie Pingree

Representative for Maine’s 1st district. Former President and CEO of Common Cause.

 
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Marjorie Dannenfelser

“Trump’s pro-life whisperer” and President of Susan B. Anthony List. POLITICO’s Top 50 Influencers.

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DeRay Mckesson

Black Lives Matter activist. Fortune Magazine’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders in 2015.

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David Simas

CEO of the Obama Foundation. Director of Political Strategy and Outreach for Barack Obama.

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Brett O’Donnell

Lead debate prepper for Mitt Romney and George Bush. Media strategist for members of Congress.

 
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Jim Margolis

Senior adviser to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Co-produced three Democratic conventions.

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Matt Gaetz

Representative for Florida’s 1st district. Former Representative in the Florida House of Representatives.

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Dana Loesch

NRA Spokesperson. Conservative political activist, commentator, talk radio host, and author.

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Cecile Richards

Former President of Planned Parenthood. TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012.

 
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Neera Tanden

Center for American Progress President. Policy Director for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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Jeff Roe

Ted Cruz’s Chief Strategist. Helped elect 52 congressmen, 8 senators, and 6 governors nationwide.

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Tony Podesta

Washington Superlobbyist. “King of K Street.” “The Lobbyist.” “One of Washington’s biggest players.”

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Frank Luntz

Top Republican strategist. Coined “climate change,” “death tax” and “government takeover” of healthcare.

 
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Patti Solis Doyle

Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Campaign Manager. Nationally recognized political organizer and strategist.

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Joel Benenson

Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist and Barack Obama’s lead pollster. Won three presidential campaigns.

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Joe Donnelly

Former Senator from Indiana. Former Representative for Indiana’s 2nd congressional district.

Date: Sept. 13, 4-6pm