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October 2018

Upcoming October Events

RBG Screening & Panel Discussion

Friday, October 5th
WPI is proud to co-sponsor a special screening of RBG, the 2018 acclaimed documentary on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Friday, Oct 5. RBG, directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, explores the exceptional life and legendary career of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The event will include a pre-screening reception and post-screening discussion with panelists Robert Barnes, Supreme Court Washington Post Reporter, and Julie Cohen, RBG co-director; moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director, AU Women & Politics Institute. Audience Q&A is encouraged.

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The Dynamics of the Midterm Elections

Thursday, October 11th

Jefferson 119, John W. Kluge Center
Library of Congress

Join us for a WPI co-sponsored discussion with leading political and government experts as they discuss the dynamics and repercussions of the 2018 elections. Panelists include David Barker, professor and the director of the AU School of Public Affairs’ Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies; electoral politics expert Elaine Kamarck, senior fellow in the governance studies and the founding director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Effective Public Management; and political strategist Sara Fagen, a partner at DDC and former White House Political Director for President George W. Bush. The event will be moderated by political scientist, professor, and director of the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, John Haskell.

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WPPL Certificate courses offered in Spring 2019 are now listed online.  Please note, additional weekend courses are currently being scheduled.

Learn more about the Women, Policy, and Political Leadership Certificate Program.

WeLead Class of 2018-2019

We welcomed our newly admitted WeLead Class of 2018-2019 to campus on September 22nd. WeLead, now in our 13th year, is our bipartisan leadership training program that works to increase the number of women working in politics and running for office.  An impressive group of 35 young working professional women gathered for their first training session and heard from leading experts on communications and messaging. Pictured above, the group gathered for fun networking Happy Hour at Chef Geoff's after a productive day of leadership training.

For more information on WeLead leadership training visit 

Introducing the WeLead Reader

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Drew Waverly Patterson Scholarship

Now accepting applications. The Drew Waverly Patterson Scholarship fund provides an award to directly support the cost of graduate and/or law school application fees for American University students. Eligible students must have completed an academic course(s) at American University related to women and politics.

Apply by October 26, 2018.

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