Congress to Campus 2016

It’s that time of year again, when Congress to Campus (C2C) rolls into town, including two DMU events on November 29 and 30. This annual week-long programme consists of two former members of the US Congress (FMCs) visiting a range of institutions around the UK. DMU has been a great supporter of C2C since its UK inception a decade ago, and has helped to ensure the longevity and success of the initiative. DMU Emeritus Professor Philip Davies does a sterling job of keeping the show on the road throughout the week.

This year, our American visitors are Honorable Martin Frost (Democrat-Texas) and The Honorable Phil Gingrey (Republican-Georgia) and the theme of the DMU events will, inevitably, be the 2016 US presidential race. With an outcome that has stunned America and the wider world, there could hardly be a more exciting (some might say terrifying!) time to discuss US politics.

From 7-8pm on Tuesday 29 November, the FMCs will discuss the election results and what a Trump victory means for their country and the international community. There will be time for Q&A, so attendees are encouraged to bring probing questions. To book a place at this public event, please email events@dmu.ac.uk.

On Wednesday 30 November, DMU will host a one-day conference for sixth-form students, along with DMU undergraduates. Again, the former members of Congress will participate, and will be joined by guest speakers from DMU and beyond. In addition, recent DMU graduate Natalie Williams will give a talk on her experience working on the Clinton campaign in the US this year. Interest in this year’s conference has been unprecedented, doubtless thanks to the Trump Factor. Places are strictly limited, and reservations can be made via bal.marketing@dmu.ac.uk. As well as considerations on the election results, the schedule includes talks on the US Presidency and the Supreme Court. The final  session will involve the FMCs in conversation, reflecting on their Congressional careers and offering insights on how the US government really works.

Posted on behalf of Dr Clodagh Harrington

About Ros Lishman

Ros Lishman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University.
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