This intensive two-week seminar is run in conjunction with National Affairs magazine. It aims to educate undergraduate students and recent graduates about the intersection of theory and practice in our national politics, and particularly in our key economic debates. Students will also learn from and interact with distinguished experts in various arenas of public policy.

The program will consist of two sessions per day. Each morning, students will participate in a seminar led by National Affairs editor Yuval Levin on the philosophical underpinnings of key issues in American public life. Each afternoon, they will participate in a seminar led by a leading think-tank or academic expert on that individual’s area of expertise and will consider how the practice of policy-making relates to the principles underlying our constitutional system and our political life. Past guest lecturers have included Ross Douthat (The New York Times), Reihan Salam (National Review), Scott Winship (U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee), and James Capretta (AEI), among others.

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the key domestic challenges confronting our country, of just what policymakers do, of how economics and politics interact, and of how to approach some of our most contentious national debates.

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Faculty

Yuval Levin

Yuval Levin is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and EPPC’s Hertog Fellow, and is the Editor of National Affairs magazine. Mr. Levin served on the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush.

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Daniel DiSalvo

Daniel DiSalvo is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership and an assistant professor of political science at The City College of New York-CUNY. His scholarship focuses on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government, and public policy.

Daniel DiSalvo

Daniel DiSalvo is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership and an assistant professor of political science at The City College of New York-CUNY.  His scholarship focuses on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government, and public policy.

 

 

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Scott Winship

Scott Winship is the Project Director for the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. Previously a Visiting Fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP), his areas of expertise include living standards and economic mobility, inequality, and insecurity. He has also testified before Congress on the issues of poverty and inequality.

 

 

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Scott Winship

Scott Winship is the Project Director for the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. Previously a Visiting Fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP), his areas of expertise include living standards and economic mobility, inequality, and insecurity. He has also testified before Congress on the issues of poverty and inequality.

 

 

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Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2009.  He is the author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, published in 2012, and Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (2005), and a co-author, with Reihan Salam, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (2008).

 

 

Reihan Salam

Reihan Salam is the executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute Policy Fellow. He is a contributing editor of National Affairs and an advisor to the Energy Innovation Reform Project and the Niskanen Institute. He co-authored Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (2008) with Ross Douthat.

James C. Capretta

James C. Capretta is a resident fellow and holds the Milton Friedman Chair at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies health care, entitlement, and US budgetary policy, as well as global trends in aging, health, and retirement programs. Mr. Capretta spent more than 16 years in public service before joining AEI.

 

 

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