It's a commonplace that good writers in America today are an endangered species. Clear thinkers are said to be an even rarer breed. But there is a remedy, and it happens to be found in Claremont, California. For more than 20 years, the Claremont Institute has tutored students in the art and craft of political journalism. A new class starts Monday.
The Institute's Publius Fellows Program is a summer resident seminar designed for college seniors and graduate students who aspire to write for newspapers and opinion journals. This highly competitive program takes its name from the nom de plume used by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, authors of The Federalist Papers. For both their intellectual richness and political effectiveness, these articles remain the standard by which all subsequent American political journalism has been judged.
Through daily seminars and intensive writing assignments and critiques, the Publius Fellows are schooled in the classics of American political thought and in the art of effective political writing. They are encouraged to use Publius as their model and to question vigorously the received opinions from the mainstream media.
More than 130 students have graduated from the program since its inception in 1979. Many of them have gone on to places of prominence within political, journalistic, and academic institutions. Past Publius Fellows include best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza, MSNBC commentator Laura Ingraham, and Public Interest Executive Editor Adam Wolfson, among many others.