Who Knew? What to Visit in the Northwest Territory

  In sixth grade I thought it was hilarious, as eleven year-olds do, that Ohio was part of the “Northwest Territory,” so I wrote a report about it. I remember not a word of the report. But, I made a colorful picture of the tract, for my cover: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part [...]

By | 2017-11-14T10:09:13+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Observations from China

  Thanks to the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries,  I recently had the privilege of spending a week in this beautiful and fascinating country  with three others from SLLF, and fourteen state legislators from across the US. Now that I have returned home and have had [...]

By | 2017-11-06T10:53:54+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Diary of a Majority Leader Conference

  Thursday July 20, 3:45am: At this hour there’s only one proper thing to be doing, unless you’re in emergency services, morning broadcasting, or writing a term paper. That’s sleeping. Why am I getting dressed? Thursday July 20, 7:05am: Large airplane, me in it, takes off from Boston’s airport, heading exactly for London. I love [...]

By | 2017-10-23T10:34:59+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Leading with Civility

Here’s a fun fact: almost one American in ten thinks that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Only four in ten are pretty sure our Civil War was fought over slavery. Three-quarters (just) are confident that the earth revolves around the sun, or that the U.S. got its independence from Great Britain. But 95% of [...]

By | 2017-09-19T14:18:43+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Climbing Down from the Ivory Tower

  I consider myself bilingual: I speak English and “Acadamese.”   I earned a Ph.D. at The Ohio State University, and spent ten years as a full-time academic at American University and the University of Texas at Arlington.  I earned tenure at UTA. I’ve published several articles in academic journals. When it come to the ivory [...]

By | 2017-09-12T11:34:50+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

On Charlottesville

Several days ago, in the beautiful central Virginia town of Charlottesville, groups of American citizens clashed with clubs, shields, torches, and projectiles. One local person’s life has ended. Two State Police officers are gone forever. A town will not forget being invaded, by hundreds of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, and members of other White [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:23+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Power of Proximity

Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research   More than thirty years ago, while I was racing the academic tenure clock at the University of Texas at Arlington, I conducted a study of political friendship patterns in the Senates of Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. The objective of the research (and [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:23+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Seeing Through the Eyes of Another

Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research   Each summer for the past twelve or so years, I have had the pleasure of spending three days on the historic and beautiful campus of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in Charlottesville with fifty dedicated public servants in SLLF’s Emerging [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:23+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

America before Titanic

Eric Allen SLLF Curriculum Development and Research   I don’t know if you tried being 10, and a boy. When I did it the times seemed gentler, which sounds like something my grandfather would say, and when Granddad was 10 himself, everyone knew how to brush, bridle, and clean up after a horse. McKinley was [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:23+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Hon. William J. Howell: An Inspiring Tale

by Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. SLLF Director of Curriculum Development and Research   Three weeks ago I posted “Millennial Matt: A Cautionary Tale,” the story of former Representative Matthew Wollman of South Dakota. Matthew’s very promising political future was derailed because of a consensual relationship with an adult legislative intern. Today, I want to offer [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:23+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|