Posted by Jack S. Feldman

A tour of NPR

A tour of NPR

By Jack Feldman Getting a chance to shop at the NPR gift shop was surreal. Well, I guess the tour was cool too. Actually, getting to see all of the people busily handling the next news cycle in the NPR building was fascinating. Not to mention the absolute pristine condition of the building they are … Continue reading

A Portrait of America

A Portrait of America

By Jack Feldman On a beautiful day in D.C., a group of Drake students including myself decided to see what the National Portrait Gallery had to offer. I had been to the gallery before and I knew that I had to see a few of my favorite paintings again. However, I was surprised at how … Continue reading

A relaxing day of volunteer work

A relaxing day of volunteer work

By Jack Feldman   Today for MLK day, Drake students embarked bright and early at 7:15 AM and headed to Roosevelt senior high school. The City Year team, which is part of Americorps, set up a volunteer day for people to come to local schools and help them with beautification projects. People were building, sanding, and … Continue reading

Believing again

Believing again

By Jack Feldman Today, Drake students explored the National Archives and saw the country’s most precious documents. The experience reminded me of my American values, which are so intrinsic that they seem to be one with my conscience. However, since the election, and even since the primaries, my pride as an American has been anything but … Continue reading

Never forget

Never forget

By Jack Feldman Today I had one of the most powerful experiences in my life. The bleak, metal elevator doors shut and a voice came crackling through the speakers of the little monitor on the ceiling. An American accent told us that some kind of camp had been discovered, that they didn’t know what we … Continue reading

A smattering of foreign policy

A smattering of foreign policy

By: Jack Feldman Today we heard from two foreign policy experts on what to expect from the next administration.   The two speakers were Barbara Slavin, Director, Future of Iran Initiative – Atlantic Council and Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress.   Slavin and Korb both made a very similar point in the … Continue reading

Election Postmortem and a Side on Jazz Apples

By Jack Feldman At The Washington Center, academic sessions are now in full swing. Today was a look at the election. At why what happened, happened. This postmortem discussion was held in the form of a panel with a Q&A afterward. The panelists were: Ruy Teixiera, Research Fellow, The Century Foundation,  John Hudak, Deputy Director – Center for … Continue reading

A tale of two tours

  By Jack Feldman For Drake students, the past two days have been one giant speed date with the District of Columbia. Part of our “getting to know you” process started on Sunday when we all embarked on a journey to find just a few of the many local landmarks in D.C. Sunday was packed … Continue reading

Expectations Essay

By Jack Feldman First, I must give my expectations for the inauguration of Donald Trump, which is the focal point of this January Term. I expect the inauguration to be very hectic. There are so many protests planned for this event that my head is spinning. Perhaps I will join one but, the crowd is … Continue reading