By Lauren Ehrler
That’s how many legislators make up the U.S. House of Representatives. That’s also about how many students are participating in The Washington Center’s Presidential Inauguration seminar.
Now imagine getting up in front of those 435 people and asking a question. That’s 435 heads turning in your direction as you approach the microphone. That’s 870 eyes watching… waiting…
A handful of Drake students have overcome that fear several times this week already, posing thoughtful and concise questions to our lineup of impressive speakers.
Topic: “Gun Control” with Brian Lamb, Executive Chairman and Founder of C-SPAN
“I think social media is exacerbating the problem of stigmatization of those with mental health problems. In this conversation we are referring to people with mental health problems as ‘them,’ instead of as people, like us. We all have issues and its not fair to blame gun problems on people with mental health issues.”
Topic: “The President and Congress in a Polarized Capital” with David Welna, Congressional Correspondent for National Public Radio and Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report
“By most accounts, Republicans didn’t win in November. Do you think this will make them more likely to negotiate? And will this strengthen the position of Democrats and President Obama?”
(I even got my chance today, too!)
Topic: “The Impact of Super PACs on American Politics” with Rodell Mollineau, President of American Bridge 21st Century.
“Attack ads may work, but is that the right way to run a campaign? Is it responsible? Is it ethical?”
For a few good question asking tips, check out: “Not All Questions Are Created Equal.”