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Conservatism outside the Classroom

Deutchman and Students Attend CPAC

For two political science majors, conservatism is more than an academic interest-it’s a political preference and way of life. To pursue their politics outside the classroom, Kelly Stephens ’09 and Teddy Tanzer ’10 will attend the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with Iva Deutchman, professor of political science and conservatism scholar.

“CPAC is the best opportunity for young and old Republicans to meet other members of the party and listen to conservative leaders speak,” explained Stephens. “The conference helps determine the direction of the party and decide who will be the key players in the future as well.”

 Next week, Stephens and Tanzer will participate in the third annual trip to the Washington, D.C. conference led by Deutchman on behalf of the Colleges. The trip is funded through support from the Smith Richardson Foundation.

“The conference is unique because in addition to its political perspective, gained through the many important lectures, CPAC also allows young Republicans to speak with intellectuals who specialize in conservatism, which adds an intellectual component to the experience,” Deutchman said.  “In addition, everyone who attends, including our students, is able to network and socialize with other Republicans.”

Stephens and Tanzer believe that Deutchman’s classes have prepared them well. “Kelly and I have read the work of most of the politicians and intellectuals that we’ll hear speak at the conference in Professor Deutchman’s classes,” explained Tanzer. “But going to an event like this adds all new, firsthand insight that will surely complement our academic familiarity with the material as students.”

Agreeing with her peer, Stephens added that, “Going to the conference will take everything that we’ve read and allow us to experience it in person outside of the classroom.”

Deutchman holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in political science and economics. She has a long list of publications in major journals, the latest of which is “Fundamentalist Christians, Raunch Culture and Post-industrial Capitalism,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Summer 2008. 

Stephens has served as the William Smith Congress president and vice president as well as the president of her first-year class. She has held internships at Horn Group, Inc. and with Congressman Randy Kuhl. She grew up around politics; her father, Willis H. Stephens Jr., and her grandfather, Willis H. Stephens Sr., were New York State Assemblymen.

Tanzer is the chairman of the College Republicans and is involved in the Hobart Student Government. He also volunteers his time in the Geneva community with Project Eye-to-Eye.