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2017 Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program

Student Updates, Readings, Field Trips & More

The day has finally arrived! On June 6, Kinder Institute Director Justin Dyer and Kinder Institute Associate Professor of Constitutional Democracy Carli Conklin headed out to D.C. for the kickoff reception for the 2017 Kinder Scholars Summer Program. Held at LiLLiES, just a stone’s throw from the program headquarters in Woodley Park, the reception featured sage advice from a panel of four Kinder Scholars alumni who live in the capital: Sarah Gillespie (KS ’16, currently working at Deloitte), Camille Hosman (KS ’15, currently working in Government Relations at the Consortium of Social Sciences), Trey Sprick (KS ’15, currently working as an Executive Research Manager at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce), and Demi Yeager (KS ’15, currently working at the BGR Group).

Below the pictures from the reception, you’ll find a rundown of all seminars for the program’s team-taught “Beltway History & Politics” seminar, along with select readings for the course for anyone who wants to follow along. And after students have had a couple weeks to get settled, updates about internships, field trips, course discussions, and D.C. adventures will start pouring in, so stay tuned in to the Kinder Institute website for those starting around the end of June (and click here for a map that you can use to track the students on their Friday field trips for the seminar).

Week One: “Introduction to Beltway History & Politics,” with Kinder Institute Associate Professor of Constitutional Democracy Carli Conklin and Kinder Institute Director Justin Dyer

Week Two: “Natural Rights, Natural Law, and African American Thought,” with Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy Adam Seagrave (Field Trip: Civil War and Civil Rights Monuments and Sites Tour)

Week Three: “Slavery and Empire at Jefferson’s Monticello,” with Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy Christa Dierksheide (Field Trip: Monticello)

Week Four: “The Washington Community in the Early Republic: Democracy and Architecture,” with Kinder Institute Associate Director Jeff Pasley (Field Trip: D.C. Monuments and National Portrait Gallery Tour)

Week Five: “Electing the First Congress,” with Professor of Political Science Jay Dow (Field Trip: Annapolis)

Week Six: “Equal Rights and Equal Protection,” with Associate Professor of History Catherine Rymph (Field Trip: Sewall Belmont House and Museum)

Week Seven: “The Civil War: Reconstruction and Redemption,” with Professor of Political Science Marvin Overby (Field Trip: Gettysburg)

Week Eight: “Religion in American Life,” with Professor of History John Wigger (Field Trip: Religion in Early America exhibit at the Smithsonian American History Museum)

When available, we’ll add more course readings to this post, so continue to check back during June and July for additional “assignments.”