Hi! Do you remember me? Your NYE Resolutions?
Yep, it's time to check in on my promise to myself to push my learning to the limits this year. So far, so good.
1.) I have been reading. Finished two of the books, have another one coming my way via the local library. (They were great! You should check them out... Scalia Dissents and Congressional Anecdotes! Beautiful!)
2.) I have been taking field trips. I went to the LOC and got my library card... I went to the National Portrait Gallery to create a visual literacy lesson... and I went on an AMAZING, (nearly) all-expenses paid retreat/college course in two and a half days.
Specifically, I attended a workshop on Congress, the Constitution, and Contemporary Politics put on by the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution. Our guest lecturer was William F. Connelly Jr., PhD. He is the John K. Boardman Politics Professor at Washington & Lee University, and had insights on the political and procedural composition of Congress that made the trip well worth it. (Dr. Connelly spent time as an elected member of the Connecticut General Assembly, and worked as a legislative assistant in Congressman Cheney and Senator Lugar's offices. He has been published again and again, and wow! what a gift that I got to talk shop with him on a financial award.
See, that is the beauty. There are workshops like this one offered by the Robert H. Smith Center. There are workshops that run throughout the year on the Presidency, the Courts, and many other Constitutional topics, as well as the acclaimed "We the People" program, and the "ConText" (a collaborative Constitution interpretation program.)
I can tell you that I intend on applying for additional weekends. The opportunity to get away and completely submerge myself in Constitutional history, interpretation, and understanding is beautiful. Not to mention, you meet great people, eat great food, and stay in beautiful accommodations. What are you waiting for?
Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan