Capital Semester Spring 2010 – Featured Speakers

Capital Semester is an intense, 15 week program that runs each spring and fall semester. The program offers students the opportunity to live, learn, and intern in the nation’s capital. One of the highlights of the semester is the fantastic line-up of speakers the students hear from throughout their time in Washington.


Congressman Pete Olson with Spring 2010 Capital Semester Students


Bill Adair, Washington Bureau Chief of the St. Petersburg Times, spoke to the students at the Capital Semester graduation on Capitol Hill about why we should have hope in the journalism world and the inspiration behind the new website,

President Bill Clinton gave the opening remarks at the 25th Anniversary of the .com Conference and Policy Impact Forum held at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center.  Students attended this conference as part of the program.

Winthrop P. Hambley, Senior Advisor to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors spoke at a private briefing at the Federal Reserve on the structure of the Fed, its role in monetary policy, and the causes of the recent economic decline.

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, spoke at the National Press Club as a part of The Kalb Report series about the future of journalism and the media. Capital Semester journalism students had the chance to attend this exciting event.

U.S. Representative Pete Olson of the 22nd District of Texas spoke during the guest lecture series about the importance of following your dreams and listening to your heart when deciding what you would like to do as a career.

CS Spring 2010 Students at the State Department for a Private Briefing

Other speakers and guest lecturers included:

  • Kevin Brady, Economic Team Leader for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State
  • Scott Bolitho, the First Secretary of Public Affairs at the Embassy of Australia
  • Catalina Camia, the White House Editor for USA Today
  • Robert L.E. Egger, President of the DC Central Kitchen 
  • Alexander Evans, Senior Advisor to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Department of State
  • Ed Hudgins, The Atlas Society, The Center for Objectivism
  • Ian Ivey, Program Advisor, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Holly Jackson, Director, External Affairs, State Policy Network
  • Gordon Johndroe, former White House Deputy Press Secretary under George W. Bush
  • Michael Kranish, Washington Correspondent, Boston Globe
  • Kurt Langenwalter, Financial Advisor, First Command
  • Carl P. Leubsdorf, retired Washington Bureau Chief, Dallas Morning News
  • Rym Momtaz, Associate Producer, CNN International
  • Bill Nichols, Managing Editor, Politico
  • Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today
  • Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts at the National Press Club
  • Jocelyn M. Rowe, former Director of International Marketing, Management & Training Corporation & formerly of U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Angelica Silvero, Head of the Speaker Bureau Briefing Program, World Bank
  • Thom Stohler, former Congressional Staffer and Senior Legislative Officer, Department of Labor
  • Brian Tumulty, Congressional Correspondent, Gannett News Service
  • Richard Wolf, White House Correspondent, USA Today

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