Fahrenkopf & Manatt Endowed Lecture Series


The Fahrenkopf-Manatt Endowed Lecture Series
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The Frank J. Fahrenkopf -Charles T. Manatt Endowed Lecture Series is an annual event that provides a forum for a national political leader to present a major address to a broad cross-section of the GW community.

  • The Fahrenkopf-Manatt Lecture Series highlights and encapsulates how productive and friendly relationships across the aisle lead to more constructive dialogue to advance the nation's business.

  • Open to the GW community, the Fahrenkopf-Manatt Lecture Series hosts an audience of practitioners, Capitol Hill staff, political strategists, academics and the media. It usually coincides with a board meeting of the GSPM Board of Advisors.

  • Past speakers have included Senators Tom Daschle (D-SD), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Trent Lott (R-MS), Olympia Snow (R-ME) and pollster Mark Penn.


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History of the Endowed Lecture Series
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Fahrenkopf and Manatt
From left to right: Frank J. Fahrenkopf and Charles T. Manatt.

The Fahrenkopf-Manatt Lecture Series is named for Frank Fahrenkopf, a former Chair of the Republican National Committee during Ronald Reagan's presidency, now the Co-Chair of the Commission of Presidential Debates, and the late Charles T. Manatt (d. 2011), who was Chair of the Democratic National Committee in the same time period and later served as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. 

Although the two leaders had disparate views on specific issues, such as tax policy and defense spending, they always championed the integrity of the U.S. electoral process. They respected the essential role of a vigorous, fact-based competition of ideas in politics. They respected one another and made many joint appearances, including on university campuses. 

Their careers as political leaders and the powerful example they continued to model after their terms ended inspired and helped to set the direction for the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) through its first 20 years. 

For GSPM graduate programs that have at their core applied politics and advocacy, the Fahrenkopf-Manatt Lecture Series highlights and encapsulates how productive and friendly relationships across the aisle lead to more constructive dialogue to advance the nation's business. 

"Over the course of my graduate study, I had the privilege of learning directly from former members of Congress, senior staff at the White House, and the Senate Majority Leader’s office, and many key congressional staffers and policy influencers in Washington, D.C. There is no better place to learn about our nation’s lawmaking and policy processes than at GW, surrounded by the people doing it every day."

Quentin Turner
GSPM '22

Quentin Turner GSPM '22


Information on Past Events

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Reinvigorating Democracy: Constitutional Origins & Evolution

In celebration of Constitution Day, GSPM organized an event with scholar & practitioner panels on the constitutional origins & modern evolutions of U.S. democracy.

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How Can We Renew Bipartisanship?

What can be done to counter the increasingly polarized political climate in the U.S.? A panel of experts discussed the urgent need to embrace bipartisanship.

Election 2020 Coverage

GSPM’s Election Coverage & Research Continues…

The presidential elections only come once in four years and GSPM is working overtime to provide the political expertise and coverage of this historic election.

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GSPM Celebrates Alumni Achievements, Hosts Election Integrity Lecture

An expert panel discussed how the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election challenges our ideas around national security, campaign management, and personal data.

For more information, please contact us at cpsevents@gwu.edu