Winter 2013 Newsletter

N.Y. Times Correspondent David Sanger To Visit Bloomington as Hamilton Fellow

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times, will speak at Indiana University Bloomington on March 28, and while on campus he will receive the Lee H. Hamilton Public Service Fellowship for 2013. Sanger reports on foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation and Asian affairs. His visit to campus is co-sponsored by the Center on Congress, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the IU School of Journalism. Full story


Experts Surveyed on Congress’ Performance Give The Institution a “C” for 2012

Experts on Congress gave the institution a weak “C” for its work in 2012. It’s a mediocre grade, but might suggest that the national legislature’s slide toward rock-bottom could have halted. “There’s a little more positivity in the experts’ evaluations for 2012,” said Indiana University political scientist Ted Carmines, Director of Research for the Center on Congress. Full story


Center Co-Hosts Seminar for Journalists On Understanding the Federal Budget

Covering the massive federal budget is one of the toughest jobs for Washington journalists. Each winter, the Center on Congress partners with the National Press Foundation and POLITICO to sponsor a free, half-day seminar in which experienced analysts and reporters share insights on the economic, political, personality, and state and local angles of the budget and appropriations process. Our eighth annual budget seminar was Feb. 4 in Washington, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Full story


Former Congressional Colleagues Hamilton and Lugar Join IU’s School of Global and International Studies

Center on Congress Director Lee Hamilton and Richard Lugar, two Hoosiers who during their long congressional careers built reputations for knowledge in foreign affairs and probity in public service, have been named Distinguished Scholars in Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies, and co-chairs of the new IU International Engagement Advisory Board. Full story


Poll of Public’s Views on Congress Shows There’s Nowhere to Go But Up

A public opinion survey sponsored by the Center on Congress showed “a quite decided, lopsided disapproval of Congress,” said Center Research Director Ted Carmines. “If Congress could compromise, they certainly would gain public support, because that’s what the public’s looking for.” Full story


Hamilton Named “Professor of Practice” in IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Center on Congress Director Lee Hamilton has been appointed a Professor of Practice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. To fulfill his academic title, Hamilton will lead classes at SPEA and have more formalized interaction with students and faculty. Full story