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Students Chosen for Prestigious Washington Center Seminar

Washington Seminar 2015
Washington Seminar 2015

Six students with outstanding academic records and an interest in political science have been chosen to participate in a prestigious January seminar on bi-partisan cooperation at The Washington Center.

This is the third year that Hofstra has sent students to the Washington Center January seminar, thanks in part to scholarships provided by Scott Rechler, chief executive officer of RexCorp, Realty, LLC. Dr. Meena Bose, PhD, director of Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency  will be the faculty director for the seminar.

The seminar is called “Inside Washington” and runs from Jan. 4-17. It will be broken into two week-long sessions; the first week will focus on “Exploring Bipartisan Solutions and the New Congress” and the second on “Politics and the Media”. The Washington Center is a non-profit organization that hosts seminars and other courses about American politics and governance for more than 30 years.

The six students attending the seminar are:

  • Dylan Cahir, a senior from Providence, RI, who is pursuing a triple major in Political Science, Global Studies, and Italian with minors in European Studies and Geography. Dylan has worked for several political campaigns and interned with one of his senators. He also is active in community service, including an AmeriCorps fellowship this past summer and extensive work with Habitat for Humanity. Dylan is also President of his Hall Council.
  •  Rachael Durant, a junior Public Relations and Psychology major from Framingham, MA. In addition to working in Hofstra’s Office of University Relations, Rachael stays involved on campus through Zeta Phi Eta, the Hofstra University Honors College Lion Mentor program, and various other clubs, including Hofstra Body Positive, of which she is Vice President. She has also interned with one of her U.S. senators last summer.
  • Steven Eareckson is a sophomore from Deer Park, NY, who is majoring in Political Science and History, with a minor in Legal Studies in Business. He has taken classes on The American Presidency, Constitutional Law, Comparative Politics, History of American Immigration and much more. He plans to attend law school and eventually open his own practice.
  • Seema Gupta is a mother of two who came to the United States in 1978 from India to study Journalism in Berkeley, CA, but instead pursued a career in banking for the next 15 years. Now living in New York, she has returned to school to study multimedia journalism at Hofstra and seeks to gain first-hand knowledge of American politics. Seema is fluent in six different Indian dialects and is currently the owner of a small business that exports ‘made in America’ products to India.
  • Tara Hamilton is a junior from Oceanside, NY, majoring in History, Elementary Education, and Early Childhood Education with an interest in learning about politics first-hand. She has a Global Studies minor and will be going on the European Odyssey study abroad trip in Spring 2015. Tara plans to be an elementary school teacher after graduation.
  • Justin Hurdle has a double major in Political Science and Criminology, with a minor in Psychology. He comes to Hofstra from the suburbs of Chicago. He is currently an intern at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, and based on his work there, plans to pursue a career in public policy research.  He is interested in fixing a broken criminal justice system, getting people more involved in the political process, and making government more efficient.

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