Hiram College


The Hiram College James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Washington Workshops Foundation. The two organizations will offer a Presidential Leadership Seminar in Washington, D.C. from July 2- 10, 2015. The seminar is open to high school students and costs $1,485.

This unique program has been designed and created for high school students interested in developing leadership knowledge and judgment through firsthand exposure to the most challenging leadership position in the world: the American presidency. Over the course of a full week in the nation’s capital, students will explore the evolution of the American presidency, from the founding to the present day. Policymakers and presidential scholars will interact with the group as students examine the early presidency (including visits to the homes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson), the mid-1800s presidency (through a visit to Gettysburg) and the contemporary presidency (with visits to the White House and the National Mall). Decision-making exercises, plus opportunities to attend cultural events and the capital city Fourth of July celebration are woven into the itinerary. Individual students, plus teachers and their classes, are invited to register for this exceptional experience.

The Washington Workshops Foundation is committed to civic and leadership education and the empowering effects that hands-on experiences provide youth from across the United States and the international community. We are honored and excited to partner with Hiram College, which shares our commitment to academic excellence,” said Washington Workshops Foundation President Tom Crossan. “Hiram College and the James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency have worked together seamlessly in the development of the Presidential Leadership Seminar. We look forward to the Center’s continued guidance and collaboration on this unsurpassed experiential learning opportunity.”

Doug Brattebo, director of the James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency, noted that the Center is working to create additional student-centered experiences, both in Washington, D.C., and in Ohio, in the coming years.

“Hiram College was fortunate to have its history intersect from the very beginning with President Garfield’s life,” Brattebo said. “His legacy of leadership and learning offer a window through which young people to can explore the people who have led this country in the most challenging times.”

Detailed information about the Presidential Leadership Seminar may be found at www.workshops.org.