- Jan 30 Opening conversation for "The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection"
- Feb 3 Taste of Service
- Feb 3 Macalester New Music Series presents INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
- Feb 4 'Moving Beyond Minnesota Nice:' Engaging Diversity in the Classroom
- Feb 12 Mitau Lecture
- Feb 17 Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy - "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
- Feb 18 Mental Health Awareness Film & Speaker
- Feb 19 The Inaugural Lecture of James Dawes as DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
- Feb 19 Robert Blanchette on "Tombs, sunken ships and historic huts: studying ancient wood reveals secrets from the past"
- Feb 19 Chamber Music at Macalester: Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vanska
"I became a much better writer, researcher, and communicator in a very short time working for a congressman."
I interned at Congressman Keith Ellison’s office in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, where I had a wide range of responsibilities. I did a lot of day-to-day administrative work, but also worked with constituents and conducted research for Ellison staffers.
It was a privilege to work for the Congressman, and I learned a lot about politics and democracy from the experience. I’m a geography major and economics minor with an urban studies concentration, so they assigned me to work with financial services and housing. Obviously there was plenty of overlap with my academic interests. We often acted as the intermediary between banks and constituents seeking mortgage modifications or assistance fighting the foreclosure process.
Although I have no plans to enter politics, I became a much better writer, researcher, and communicator in a very short time working for a congressman.
You can learn a lot about government just by attending college in a city that contains both congressional offices and state offices. District offices are located close to both federal offices and local constituents. Policy is a two-way street—it’s influenced from the top down and the bottom up.
One of my favorite parts about working at the Ellison office was the opportunity it provided to learn from many mentors. The most memorable piece of advice I received was this: Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know, but always try to find an answer and follow up.