Go inside “the Hill” and learn how ethics, the government and law interact to form America’s center of political and legal power.
Capitol Hill is the seat of power for the U.S. federal government, comprising the U.S. Senate, Congress, Supreme Court, many federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and other politically powerful groups. In this Exploration, students will learn how government, law and ethics interact to form America’s political and legal systems and power structure. Students will explore how the abstract idea of “the law” functions on the ground, delve into the inner workings of the government and learn what it takes for the Times reporters to cover all that happens on the Hill.
This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared towards students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.
This is a new course. Possible site visits include:
- A visit to the U.S. Capitol to see the Senate or Congress in action
- An opportunity to interview stakeholders at an influential lobbying firm on how they work with the federal government
- A U.S. executive or cabinet- level agency such as the U.S. Department of State, National Science Foundation
- A Smithsonian museum such as the National Air and Space Museum
Previous guest speakers on this subject include:
- The New York Times reporters and staff who cover Washington DC and the federal government
- George Freeman, VP & Assistant General Counsel, The New York Times (1981-2012), Executive Director, Media Law Resource Center
- Ben Wizner, Director of the ACLU’s Speech, Technology, and Privacy Project
- Emily Bazelon, Staff Writer, The New York Times Magazine
Cost and Session Information
Day Program: $5,150*
Residential Program: $5,750*
Dates: June 23 - July 5
LOCATION Washington, DC
*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.