Hobart and William Smith Students and Faculty Attend Political Conference
December 17, 1999 Geneva, NY — Two Hobart and William Smith students traveled with one of their professors to the First Annual Academic Outreach Conference sponsored by the American Association of Political Consultants in Baton Rouge, La., in November. They spent four days in Baton Rouge with some of the top political consultants in the country, including James Carville, Mark Mellman, Gary Nordlinger, and Ray Strother.
The two students, Jennifer Leshnower, a William Smith senior of Brighton, N.Y., and James Richardson, a Hobart senior of Lisbon, N.Y., were accompanied by Iva Deutchman, an associate professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith and a national expert on women and politics. Both Leshnower and Richardson are political science majors who are members of the Colleges' political science honor society.
Leshnower said she was impressed with James Carville and she recalled the advise he shared with her. “James Carville was honest, dead-honest, when he told us about his career. He said the job is about working within the system. We were told to be ready to make tough legal and moral decisions.”
Most recently, Carville led Ehud Barak to victory in Israel defeating Prime Minister Binymin Netanyahu. He currently consults Francisco Labastida for the Presidency of Mexico. Along with Stan Greenberg, a Democratic pollster, and Phillip Gould, a consultant to Tony Blair, Carville founded the international consulting firm of Gould Greenberg Carville/NOP in 1997. The firm offers polling, strategy, and communication advice for modernizing campaigns, institutions, and companies.
Carville said he was impressed with the HWS contingency, when contacted following the conference. “I was glad to meet the Hobart and William Smith students and Professor Deutchman. I was impressed with their commitment to the political process,” Carville said.
The goal of the AAPC's first annual event was to provide outreach to students and professors. Leshnower and Richardson said for them, the objective was met. “We both have been connected with mentors and we both submitted papers that were reviewed by eight consultants. The event was a wonderful opportunity,” Richardson said.
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