Civilization & citizenship keynote Washington Week

(Washington, DC) Thomas Krannawitter’s “Citizenship for New Americans” and Samuel Huntington’s “The Clash of Civilizations” were the prep readings for our delegation from Colorado Christian University as a weeklong study trip to this world capital began today.

Prof. Bill Saxby, CCU humanities dean, and Prof. Stan Dyck, history department chairman, are leading the group of 16 students representing 10 different majors. I’m along to offer context from my experience as an appointee of Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, and to explore Centennial Institute opportunities for future internships and onsite learning.

The week’s theme of “America in the 21st Century World” will be developed in briefings for our group by the Center for Security Policy, the Institute of World Politics, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Alliance for Vigilance (which monitors radical Islam), the Dutch Embassy, and the Pentagon. We’ll also spend time at the US Capitol with Rep. Pete Hoekstra and former Sen. Hank Brown, meet with executives from the Washington DC Examiner and Fox News, and confer with the Christian Embassy, a ministry to political leaders.

CCU’s Washington Week is new this year, and enthusiasm in the group is high. We’ll return to Denver on Friday evening. A student writer-videographer team will chronicle most of the above events. Watch for further reports here on the ’76 Blog.

Note: We’re staying at a Capitol Hill dorm as guests of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. Here’s the view looking west from their rooftop deck.

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