Monday, May 11, 2020

presentation "The Impact of COVID-19 on the US Presidential Election," Global Summit COVID-19, May 2020

At the invitation of Professor Gjyla Celiku (with whom I worked at University of Tetovo), I was honored to speak about the "Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Presidential Election" at a Global Zoom Summit, organized by Northern Illinois University and the International Women's Club.

Presenters included a diverse array of experts -- including speakers from the US and from throughout the Balkans.
In addition to speaking about the ways in which COVID-19 will impact the election and voting, the way the candidates campaign, and the political landscape in the US, Dr. McLauchlan (in response to audience questions) shared information about the Road to the White House 2020 curriculum and the New Hampshire presidential campaign internships.

Ambassador James Pardew

Professor Gjylia Celiku, conference organizer and moderator

Kevin Lampe, Chicago-based political consultant

Here is an article about the summit:

Zoom Summit “Covid19”, në organizim të profesoreshës së njohur Gjyla Çeliku

Personalitete të rëndësishme të diplomacisë, shkencës dhe politikës janë pjesë e një samiti ndërkombëtar që do të mbahet online ditën e hënë.
Ky eveniment organizohet nga profesoresha e njohur Gjyla Çeliku, e cila do ta udhëheq të njejtin. Në fokusin e këtij debati do të jenë tema mbi shëndetësinë, politikën, ekonominë dhe arsimin. Pjesë e debatit do të jetë edhe diplomati dhe ish-ambasadori amerikan Xhejms Perdju, diplomatë dhe ekspertë të njohur ndërkombëtar, personalitete politike të vendit si dhe nga diaspora. (INA)

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Monday, March 2, 2020

UKIM Law Review Article Published December 2019: "Presidential Correspondence During the Clinton Administration: Staying in Touch with the American People"

As I was completely consumed with planning for my Road to the White House 2020 course (a course about US Presidential Campaigns and Elections that includes a presidential campaign internship in New Hampshire in advance of the first-in-the-nation primary -- this year I brought 29 students who were working on 8 campaigns in 3 cities!) -- I was pleased to learn that my article

"Presidential Correspondence during the Clinton Administration: Staying in Touch with the American People"

was published in the UKIM law review (Годишник на Правен факултет Јустинијан Први (Journal of the Faculty of Law Iustinuanus Primus) in December 2019.

For more about the Road to the White House 2020 course, see our website:

You can see photos and more about our adventures in New Hampshire on our course blog here:

For more about UKIM's Law School, see

Thank you to the editor (Prof. Karolina Ristova-Aasterud) and to the reviewers for including this article about the Clinton Administration.

(I was delighted to deliver a guest lecture at the law school based on the research in this article when I visited UKIM in November 2019....more pics of that visit in a forthcoming post)


Monday, November 11, 2019

Fulbright Association Annual Meeting -- Lifetime Acheivement Awards -- President of the Republic of Croatia -- Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

The President of the Republic of Croatia (Hrvatska) Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fulbright Association.  Earlier in her career, she was a Fulbrighter at GW studying International relations.  A former Assistant Secretary General of NATO, she spoke of the importance of the Euro-Atlantic partnership.  She also chairs the only association of current/former women heads of state (76 members— I hope one day from the U.S!) and talked about the importance of women’s empowerment- rather than glass ceiling, she spoke of glass labyrinth , and she shared her theory of leadership.

with President Grabar-Kitarovic


President Grabar-Kitarovic accepting the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Award
  This NPR junkie loved hearing from (former) All Things Considered duo Robert Siegel and Melissa Block — Siegel introduced Block , who was being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fulbright Association ...Block read thru her application to Fulbright from 1982 as well as her letters home from Switzerland (which her mom had saved) to prepare for her remarks- enjoyed hearing about how her Fulbright (literature)prepared her for journalism career ... but for me, the most inspiring part of her remarks were the passages she shared from Fulbright’s book The Arrogance of Power, the chapter on citizenship and dissent. I have not read this book yet- but I have already ordered a copy!


Fulbright Association Annual Meeting 2019 -- Welcome Reception -- Fulbright Hungary and Marymount

After our Fulbright Advocacy Day activities, we attended a Welcome Reception hosted by Fulbright Hungary and Marymount University (Ballston Campus)
with colleagues from USF Tampa, USF Sarasota, and the ED of the Fulbright Association
we met at the Marymount Ballston Campus

The President of Marymount welcoming Fulbrighters

Team USF

the Director of the Fulbright Commission in Mexico --and my Advocacy Day team leader -- she got the memo about the pearls ;-)

Fulbright Association Annual Meeting: Advocacy Days 2019

This was the first time that I was able to participate in Fulbright Advocacy Days -- to be able to share my story of the impact of Fulbright and the importance of this public diplomacy program.

I was assigned to a team of Fulbrighters from Florida, led by the Director of the Fulbright commission in Mexico. Our group of Floridians met with the offices of Representative Charlie Crist, Representative Lois Frankel, and Senator Rick Scott.

I was so pleased when I learned that our first meeting would be with the office of Congressman Charlie Crist (my Member of Congress) and that we would be meeting with my former student!

When we met with Senator Rick Scott's senior policy advisor about the Fulbright Program, I learned that he is a former Provost and mentor to another Fulbrighter to Moldova and that he did his dissertation in Mexico (the head of Fulbright Commission in Mexico was our Team Leader). So we had lots to talk about.  Our team thoroughly enjoyed our discussion in Senator Scott's Office about higher ed in general and the Fulbright Program in particular.

We also had an engaging meeting with Representative Lois Frankel's office about the Fulbright Program.  We met with her foreign policy advisor, who was quite knowledgeable (and he also shared info about initiatives Rep Frankel is working on that I want to learn more about, e.g., assistance for rape victims in Kosovo).


Our meeting in Rep Charlie Crist' Office was with my former student  :-)  proud prof moment


Rep Lois Frankel is the artist!

Office of Representative Lois Frankel

Office of Senator Rick Scott

Fulbright Association Annual Meeting: 60th Anniversary of Polish - US Fulbright Program

While in DC for the Fulbright Association Annual Meeting, it was a pleasure to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Polish-US Fulbright Program at the Polish Ambassador's Residence in Washington, DC.

Speakers at the event included the Director of the Fulbright Poland, the Vice Chair of the Fulbright Scholarship Board (Anita McBride), the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Lussenhop, His Excellency the Polish Ambassador Piotr Wilczek, and the Chair of the Board of Fulbright Association Mary Ellen Schmider.
With His Excellency Piotr Wilczek, the Polish Ambassador- and the Director of Fulbright Poland
with my colleagues from USF Tampa and USF Sarasota
Tried this cherry brandy

Pierogis at the Polish Ambassador’s Residence

With the Directors of Fulbright Poland and Fulbright Mexico

  I was particularly touched by Mary Ellen's reference to the WH Auden poem written as the Germans had invaded Poland at the start of WWII -- including relevant stanza:

W.H. Auden's September 1, 1939 poem

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I , composed like them
Of Eros and of dust
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair
Show an affirming flame

(My blog post from my visit to the post office in Gdansk where the first shots of WWII were fired