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“The ingredients which constitute energy in the executive are unity; duration; an adequate provision for its support; and competent powers. The ingredients which constitute safety in the republican sense are due dependence on the people, and a due responsibility.” –Publius

All symposium events are free and open to the public.

Some of the symposium events will available for archived audio download. See below for links to those recordings.

NEW: Morton Kondracke
Listen to his talk on MP3 files -- Kondrake Talk Pt. I (5.3 MB) | Kondrake Talk Pt. II (5.3 MB)

"The World According to Bush," on foreign policy prospects in the second Bush Administration
1 February, 2005, 7:30 PM
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall
Sponsor: Lopat Memorial Lecture Series

Krondracke is editor of Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill. A member of TV's The McLaughlin Group for 16 years, he is now co-host of The Beltway Boys on Fox.


Past events

Norman Ornstein
Listen to his talk on MP3 files -- Ornstein Remarks Pt. I (6.7 MB) | Ornstein Remarks Pt. II (3.1 MB)

“Fighting For Advantage In an Age of Political Parity: Bush and Kerry, Democrats and Republicans In 2004 and Beyond”
7 September, 2004, 7:30 PM
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Sponsor: Department of Political Science – Sondermann and Manning Endowments
Professor Ornstein, author of The Permanent Campaign and Its Future, and others, is resident scholar at The American Enterprise Institute.

John Kasich
Listen to his talk on MP3 files -- Kasich introduction (1.4 MB) | Kasich Remarks (5.5 MB) | Kasick Q&A (5 MB)
“From the Heartland: Leadership, Values, Free Enterprise and
American Politics”
8 September, 2004 7:30 PM
Armstrong Hall

Sponsor: The President’s Office
Congressman Kasich, author of Courage Is Contagious, represented Ohio in the U.S. Congress for nine terms.

Colorado College Debate Team
"RESOLUTION: Re-elect President Bush"
15 September, 2004, 7:30 PM
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

*note new date
Susan Estrich
“A Critical Assessment of the 2004 Presidential Campaigns To Date”
12 October, 2004, 7:30 PM
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Sponsor: Department of Political Science – Sondermann and Manning Endowments
Estrich, law professor, lawyer and author, was national campaign manager for the 1988 Dukakis presidential campaign.

**CANCELLED**
Nelson Polsby
"Structural Elements in Presidential Elections"
18 October, 2004

Panel Discussion
Listen to the panel on an MP3 files (11 MB)
“The 2004 National Election In Colorado”
Andrew Dunham, Colorado College; Robert Loevy, Colorado College; Mike Littwin, Rocky Mountain News; Eric Sondermann, Sondermann Associates
20 October, 2004, 7:30 PM
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Sponsor: Department of Political Science – Sondermann and Manning Endowments

Juan Williams
Listen to his talk on an MP3 files (9.1 MB)
“Reflections on the Meaning of the 2004 Elections”
16 November, 2004, 7:30 PM
Armstrong Hall

Sponsor: Dean of the Faculty
Williams, author of Eyes on the Prize and others, is senior correspondent at National Public Radio.

Stephen Skowronek
Listen to his talk on an MP3 files (8.4 MB)
"Leadership By Definition: George W. Bush and the Politics of Orthodox Innovation"
6 December, 2004, 7:30 PM
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Sponsor: Abbott Memorial Lecture
Professor Skowronek, Pelatiah Parit Professor of Political Science at Yale University, is author of The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton and others

 

Spring 2004 events

Mara Liasson

“Electoral Politics In Twenty-First Century America”
19 February, 2004, 7:30 PM
Gates Common Room

Sponsor: McHugh Leadership Endowment
Liasson is National Public Radio national political correspondent.

David Brooks

“Thinking About and Analyzing the Issues in the 2004 Presidential Campaign”
20 April, 2004, 7:30 PM
Gates Common Room

Sponsor: Marianne Lannon Lopat Memorial Lecture
Brooks is a New York Times correspondent.

 

 

This is a preliminary schedule. Please continue to check this web page for the latest dates and times. You may also call the Worner Campus Information Desk (389-6607) or Political Science (389-6583).

Background: Fred Sondermann taught in the political science department from 1953 to 1978, establishing himself as one of the great teachers in the history of Colorado College. It was his inspiration to inaugurate a quadrennial symposium on the presidency in 1968, over which he presided through 1976. The symposium became, and remains, a central feature of the department’s public affairs program. Beginning in 1980, it became the Fred A. Sondermann Symposium on the Presidency in honor of Fred’s legacy to the department, the college and the Colorado Springs Community.

“The power to persuade is the power to bargain. Status and authority yield bargaining advantages. But in a government of ‘separated institutions sharing powers,’ they yield them to all sides. With the array of vantage points at his disposal, a President may be far more persuasive than his logic or his charm could make him...outcomes are not guaranteed by his advantages. There remain the counter pressures those whom he would influence can bring to bear on him from vantage points at their disposal. Command has limited utility; persuasion becomes give-and-take. It is well that the White House holds the vantage points it does. In such a business any President may need them all--and more.” –Richard Neustadt