NHIOP Senior Advisor Jennifer Donahue Featured in “The Washington Post”

August 29, 2007

Jennifer Donahue, NHIOP senior advisor, recently was featured in a Washington Post article and video. The video and an excerpt of the article is included below. The full article is available online (registration may be required).

Military Moms May Be a Force at the Polls

One of the foremost experts on politics in the Granite State thinks she has found the next critical constituency: military moms.

“She would typically be a Republican who is not against war and is not necessarily against this war — or at least may have supported it when it began,” Jennifer Donahue, senior adviser for political affairs at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, said over sodas at the Red Arrow Diner last week.

The military mom — who has either a child or a husband who is serving — is disenchanted with the war. The question is: Will she shift allegiance to support a Democrat, or is she looking for an independent-minded Republican? Full Article >>

Prof. Beth Salerno Blogs From South Korea

August 27, 2007

Prof Beth SalernoFollow Prof. Beth Salerno, associate professor of history, as she blogs about her experiences in South Korea during the 2007-2008 academic year. Prof. Salerno was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Pyeongtaek University in South Korea through June 2008. She is teaching courses in U.S. history, including issues of gender, race, and citizenship.

You can visit Prof. Salerno’s blog at http://blogs.saintanselmcollege.net/bethsalerno where you’ll find photos and a recounting of her day-to-day life in South Korea. If you want to receive her blog posts by e-mail on the day they are posted, an e-mail subscription form is provided on the blog.

In the past two weeks, Prof. Salerno has settled into her apartment, gone shopping, and has made her way around using public transportation. Her classes begin this week.

Prof. Salerno is one of approximately 800 American faculty and professionals selected to travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program this year. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to strengthen international peace and understanding through scholarly exchange.

Jennifer Donahue: McCain Understands the Granite State

August 23, 2007

Jennifer Donahue on CNNIn a recent opt-ed published in the Boston Globe, Jennifer Donahue, NHIOP senior advisor for political affairs, wrote about Sen. John McCain’s chances in New Hampshire given the recent shake up in his campaign staff.

“Senator John McCain just spent two weekends in a row in New Hampshire. Unlike some of the candidates who didn’t run in 2000, he understands two important things about the state’s presidential primary contest. One is the importance of the August before the primary. In August 1999, McCain solidified his base in New Hampshire, while George W. Bush all but ignored the state. McCain won the primary, though not the nomination.

The other thing McCain knows is that New Hampshire gives supposedly faltering front-runners a chance to come back. By campaigning intensely in the state, Al Gore effectively stamped Bill Bradley out in August 1999. Similarly, as insurgent Howard Dean focused on Iowa over New Hampshire in August 2003, John Kerry faced frustrated voters in New Hampshire — and ended up winning.

What McCain has in common this year with Gore and Kerry is that the press anointed all three as front-runners before the campaign began. The expectations for such “early favorites” are often based on polls taken so early that only the candidates with existing name recognition place well.

These expectations are also impossible to meet. As obscure candidates become known and gain a little ground in the polls, it suddenly looks as though the front-runner is in free fall. The money race is then affected by the press coverage and poll numbers, which make it harder for the “early favorites” to raise funds.”

To read Jennifer Donahue’s opt-ed in its entirety, visit www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/08/21/mccain_understands_granite_state.

Photo by Doug Minor

Peace Colloquium in the News

July 9, 2007

The Union Leader has published two articles about the college’s Colloquium on Peace, Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Global Citizenship. The colloquium, which runs July 1-13, is a two-week, intensive, interdisciplinary, residential program in peace-making, non-violence, and global citizenship, rooted in the teachings of social justice. The colloquium is being held at Saint Anselm College with students participating from both Saint Anselm College and St. Mary’s University College in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In a June 30 article titled, “Give Peace a Chance,” the Union Leader reported:

“As Catholic colleges, both St. Mary’s and Saint Anselm, have a particular interest in promoting peace, nonviolence, reconciliation, and greater awareness of social justice,” said [Saint Anselm Professor Elaine Rizzo].

At the colloquium, students will meet with a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, learn more about Muslim perspectives on pacifism from an imam, and hear about the Irish peace process from some of the people who made it happen.

Outside of the classroom, they are planning to tour the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and attend a town meeting in Goffstown.

The four-part program begins with a unit on diversity, multiculturalism, and democracy. Saint Anselm Professor Dale Kuehne will kick it off with a lecture on “Racism: America’s Original Sin: Why Can’t We All Get Along?” In successive units, students will be immersed in the theologies and philosophies of violence and nonviolence, global citizenship, women as peacemakers, and strategies and techniques for conflict resolution.

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BBC News Interviews Prof. Dean Spiliotes and Matt St. John ‘09

June 11, 2007

IMG_1996.JPGDuring last week’s CNN debates, nearly 600 media descended upon Saint Anselm College, including a global contingent of reporters from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, among others.

Prof. Dean Spiliotes, director of research at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Matt St. John ‘09 were both quoted in a BBC News story over the weekend. A photograph of St. John was included with the story. You can read an excerpt below and view the full story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6728595.stm.

Want to meet the next president of the United States? Move to New Hampshire and you stand a good chance.

In a country of some 300 million people, the state’s 1.3 million residents are perhaps the most heavily-canvassed and targeted voters of any in the nation, bar Iowa.

Last week each party’s candidates flocked to New Hampshire for the latest televised debates, as they seek the all-important nomination to run for president in 2008.

It’s not for lack of attention on the part of the candidates, however.

Rather, such is the buzz surrounding some of the frontrunners that instead of meeting them at a cosy coffee morning, people have found themselves in a crowd of hundreds or even thousands.

Senators Clinton and Obama have attracted large crowds to events

Dean Spiliotes, director of research at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, says this has been particularly true of some events held by Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

“Early on some of Obama’s advisors suggested in the media they would do something a bit differently from the traditional New Hampshire model,” he says.

“They are still doing some of these larger events - but also the smaller ones. But it’s difficult. Part of it is that they are popular candidates.”

He warns it is important not to underestimate the power of retail, or face-to-face, politicking - especially in a state where the residents are very switched-on.

“Voters meet the candidates directly and in general, what we have found is that voters seek out candidates that they already have an affinity for,” he says.

“Then they get more excited and so bring in their friends and their families and it has a multiplying effect. It helps the candidates mobilize networks of supporters.”

Both the Clinton and Obama campaign teams have said they intend to organize more small-scale events.

That should come as a relief to 19-year-old Matt St. John, who moved to New Hampshire to study precisely because he wanted to meet the political movers and shakers.

“I realized it was a different world,” he says. “I’ve seen every presidential candidate at least once or twice, I’ve seen Hillary Clinton, Karl Rove, President and Laura Bush.”

“There are 18 candidates. If I go to 18 events and ask the same questions of them all, I will be able to ask the next president of the United States something that is important to me.”

“It’s an amazing opportunity to have as a 19-year-old.”

For the full story, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6728595.stm.

Follow Saint Anselm Students on Archaeological Dig in Orvieto, Italy

June 3, 2007

dig photoStudents from Saint Anselm College join the University of Oklahoma Center for Classical Archaeology and Civilizations in Italy this May and June. You can follow the progress of the excavation by visiting www.anselmclassics.com. Students will be blogging, podcasting, and posting photos regularly during the time of the dig.

The excavation project is near Castel Viscardo, a town located at the southwest edge of Umbria approximately 8 miles northwest of Orvieto. Preliminary inspection of the area indicated the remains of what seems to be a Roman villa. This ‘villa’ lies immediately at the base of the immanence on which Castel Viscardo is located.

Last season (2006) uncovered many intriguing finds which posed more questions than answers. This 2007 season will focus on expanding trenches and unearthing clues which we hope will help us to unlock the mystery of the site.

Included below are links to some recent blog posts and podcasts.

Links ›› About the Project • Podcasts • Photo Gallery • Project Blog

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