Lynn students to attend President Obama’s re-inauguration

A January Term course taking 15 students to witness history in D.C.
Lynn students to attend President Obama’s re-inauguration Lynn students in D.C. for the inauguration of President Obama in January 2009

Published Nov. 14, 2012

Fifteen Lynn University students will travel to Washington D.C. (Jan. 14 – 21, 2013) to observe and celebrate the re-inauguration of the nation’s 44th president, Barack Obama. The trip marks the conclusion of the 400 level January Term (J-Term) course, “Witness to History: The 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.” taught by Sindee Kerker, associate professor of criminal justice in Lynn’s College of Liberal Education

Kerker, who made a similar trip to D.C. to observe Obama’s inauguration four years ago, will accompany the students. J.J. Dawson, president of Lynn’s Democratic Club and Eric Gooden, Obama’s stand-in for the third and final presidential debate held on campus, are among the 15 students attending.

“The students are more engaged this year since Lynn hosted the third presidential debate,” said Kerker. “They volunteered for the debate, enrolled in debate related courses, and many assisted political campaigns and participated in rallies.” 

As required by the United States Constitution, Obama’s first swearing in ceremony will be on Jan. 20, 2013. Because Jan. 20 falls on a Sunday this year, the outdoor ceremony celebrating his inauguration will fall on Monday, Jan. 21 – which also happens to be Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The students will view the inauguration in the secure ticketed seating section thanks to Congressman Ted Deutch who helped arrange for them to attend. 

"Inaugural tickets are a hot commodity, so, our students are fortunate to have a friend of the university such as Congressman Ted Deutch. This is an unparalleled educational opportunity to have a front-row seat to history!" said Robert Watson, American Studies professor in Lynn's College of Liberal Education.

Prior to the inauguration, students will participate in pre-inauguration activities and explore our nation’s capital via variety of tours including: monuments and memorials, the U.S. Supreme Court and the White House among other landmarks.

Making it memorable

In addition to the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness history, students in Kerker’s class will be required to demonstrate their learning outcomes though a variety of written assignments and oral presentations. Among other tasks, students will be required to keep a daily journal in addition to read the book, Memo to a New President by Dr. Michael Genovese, which addresses the strengths and weaknesses of presidential leadership in the United States.

Before the class departs for D.C. on Jan. 14, students will meet on campus to discuss the media’s impact on the political process, the results of the 2012 presidential and congressional elections and the importance of the president’s relationship with other political branches of the U.S. government, among other topics.