Washington Program

Special Events

Each semester CMC commits to providing an educationally stimulating experience. For example, every semester we plan special events in which our students are introduced to the unique personalities and places of the nation's capital. Some of the events from the recent semesters include:


Martin Frost, former Democratic congressman from Texas • John Faranda ’79, CMC vice president for alumni relations • Peter Beinart, editor-at large of The New Republic Dr. Frank Fukuyama, author of The End of History and The Last Man Mary Habeck, professor at The John Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) • Dr. Fred Kagan, American Enterprise Institute • Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute • Morgan Gray (POM), of Representative Ed Markey’s Office • Jennifer Wickre ’03, legislative assistant for Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA) • Joel Malina, of Wexler & Walker public Policy Associates • Christian Brose, head speech writer to the Secretary of State • John Judis, senior editor of The New Republic and visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace • Rep. George Miller (D-CA) • Rep. David Dreier ’75 (R-CA) • William Moore, former chief of staff for Rep. David Price (D-NC) and Rep. Jim Chapman (D-Texas) • Scott Carle, security expert • John Poesta, president of the Center for American Progress • Dr. Jessica Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace • Donna Leinwand, president of the National Press Club • Jonathan Dengner, Democratic campaign manager • Dr. Kimberly Kagan, president of the Institute for the Study of War • Jon Etherton, Senate Armed Services Committee GOP staffer


Supreme Court • Monticello • Mount Vernon • U.S. Capitol • Annapolis • Gettysburg • White House • CIA


Amy Walter, editor-in-chief ofThe HotlineJohn McLaughlin of The McLaughlin GroupJoe Schatz, budget and tax reporter for Congressional QuarterlyJill Zuckerman, chief congressional correspondent for the Chicago Tribune • Michael Wilbon, columnist for The Washington Post and co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the InterruptionBill Kristol, editor of The Weekly StandardThomas Ricks, The Washington Post Pentagon reporter • Rajiv Chandrasekaran, The Washington Post associate editor • John Mercurio, of The Hotline and Fox News • Andy Barr '07, of Politico • Michael Chear '90, of the Washington PostPatrick Pexton '76, of the National Journal

Around Town

Mark & Orlando’s in Dupont Circle • Washington Capitals game • CMC Admission Office reception for newly-accepted students • Pizza and politics with Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) • Guapo’s near Tenleytown • End-of-semester dinner at the Spalding’s • Chef Geoff’s downtown • Washington Program 35th anniversary at the Sewell-Belmont House • Washington Nationals game • Capital Grille downtown • Georgetown Hoyas game