General Session 1 — Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton
Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton both served in President George Washington's Cabinet. By choosing the
best people for their respective Cabinet positions, Washington created an ideological culture of competition
between his first Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury. How did their views of government and the
economy shape the history and culture of the United States? Our opening Honors Institute session is your
opportunity to hear what Jefferson and Hamilton themselves had to say about the subject.
General Session 2 — Carlotta Walls LaNier
Carlotta Walls LaNier is best known as the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine, the first wave of black
students to begin the desegregation of American schools following the Supreme Court's long overdue
determination that segregated schooling was unconstitutional. LaNier studied at Michigan State University before
graduating from Colorado State College (now known as the University of Northern Colorado) in 1968, where she now
serves on the board of trustees. She previously worked as a program administrator for the YMCA and then started
her own real estate brokerage firm. She is a wife and mother of two children.
With the other members of the Little Rock Nine and Daisy Bates, LaNier was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1958. She has served as president of the
Little Rock Nine Foundation, a scholarship organization that seeks to promote and maintain equal rights in
education for all. LaNier holds two honorary doctorate degrees and has been recognized with countless other
awards and accolades. In 1999, she, along with the other members of the Little Rock Nine, was honored by
President Bill Clinton with a Congressional Gold Medal. She continues to lecture widely throughout the
Session 3 — Bill Rancic
What does it feel like to hear the words, "You're hired" from Donald Trump? The first winner of
"The Apprentice" will discuss the culture of competition in business and communications. Award-winning
personality Rancic hosts the successful nationally-syndicated television show, "America Now," and
serves as co-executive producer with his wife Giuliana Rancic on the top-rated reality show, "Giuliana and
Bill." The duo will also share hosting duties for the NBC prime time program "Ready for Love."
Rancic's unique life experiences as an entrepreneur, best-selling author, television personality and
restaurateur of the popular Chicago restaurant RPM-Italian chain have given him the opportunity to travel the
world and experience different lifestyles and numerous cultures.
A published author of New York Times best-selling books, Rancic wrote You're Hired: How to Succeed in
Business and Life and Beyond The Lemonade Stand. Most recently Bill and Giuliana co-authored the best seller I
Do… Now What, where the duo shares secrets to everlasting love and understanding.
Rancic believes that it is necessary for successful people to give back to the community, and he demonstrates
this in his volunteer work. He serves as a national spokesperson for the Starkey Hearing Foundation (SHF) to
help the organization on its mission to change the social consciousness of hearing and health care. Much of his
efforts have been focused on helping those in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. In addition to SHF,
Bill is a Spokesperson for the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, a Chicago-based organization that betters the
lives of children and families in need.
Throughout his career, Bill has been blessed with opportunities to meet many leaders in business and politics and
has seen the world through the eyes of others. He is a cultured man, with strong messages of leadership,
entrepreneurship, dedication and volunteerism.
General Session 4 — City as Text: Historic Philadelphia
Philadelphia was home to the First and Second Continental Congresses during the American Revolution as well as the
Constitutional Convention. In the Pennsylvania Assembly Room at Independence Hall, representatives from the 13 colonies
(and later states) met to debate and adopt the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the
Constitution of 1877. Step into late-eighteenth-century Philadelphia as you visit the Liberty Bell, Independence
Hall and the Independence Visitor Center.
General Session 5 — The Phillies v. The Washington Nationals
The Philadelphia Phillies will play the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The two teams have a history of
competition with one another as National League rivals. Last year, the Nationals won the NL East Division title
stopping the Phillies five-year run at the top of the division.
Who will win this year? For more up-to-the-minute information about these teams, visit the
Phillies and the
Nationals on the Web.
General Session 6 — Temple Grandin
Dr. Temple Grandin didn't talk until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration
instead by screaming, peeping and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism, and her parents were told she
should be institutionalized. She tells her story of "groping her way from the far side of darkness" in
her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book which stunned the world because, until its publication, most
professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or
productivity in life.
Even though she was considered "weird" in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor, who
recognized her interests and abilities. Dr. Grandin later developed her talents into a successful career as a
livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has now designed the facilities in
which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald's,
Swift and others.
Dr. Grandin been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), major television programs, such as the BBC special
"The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow," ABC's Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours
and 20/20, and has been written about in many national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine,
Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times. Among numerous other recognitions by media, Bravo Cable
did a half-hour show on her life, and she was featured in the best-selling book, Anthropologist from Mars.
Claire Danes played Dr. Grandin in the HBO Film, "Temple Grandin."
Dr. Grandin presently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also speaks around
the world on both autism and cattle handling. Her books include The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and
Asperger's, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make us Human, Animals in Translation, Thinking
in Pictures, Emergence: Labeled Autistic.
General Session 7 — The Capitol Steps
The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that
employed them. Their motto is "We put the Mock in Democracy!"
The group was born in December 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for
a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't
find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song
parodies and skits, which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.
In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"),
and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the
performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and
Senate staff experience.
Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Take the Money and
Run — for President. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a
year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.