Null, Brown to lead trip to U.S. Capitol

UCCS Political Science Professor Jim Null and CU President Emeritus Hank Brown will lead a group of undergraduate students on a class trip to Washington, D.C., to study art in the U.S. Capitol Building Nov. 13-15.

The trip is part of Brown’s “Icons of the American Republic” class, which introduces students to the founding period of the United States through the events, concepts and individuals depicted in art exhibited in the U.S. Capitol Building. The class of 25 students from the Boulder campus and six students from the Colorado Springs campus will visit the floors of both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

This is the second consecutive year Brown has led his students on the visit to Washington. The class trip is made possible by financial contributions from donors.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for students,” Null said. “They learn about the American experiment in the heart of the government itself. In past years, we’ve learned that it is often the students’ first trip to Washington, D.C.”

Brown has 30 years of public policy experience as a legislator, congressman, U.S. senator and higher education executive. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1991 and in the U.S. Senate from 1991 to 1997.

He joined the CU-Boulder faculty last year after serving as president of the University of Colorado from 2005 to 2008. In addition to his political science appointment, he holds the Quigg and Virginia S. Newton Endowed Chair in Leadership at CU-Boulder and is an adjunct professor in the CU School of Law.

Null, a member of the UCCS faculty since 1970, teaches political science and American political theory. For 18 years, he served as dean of the UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and held leadership positions within the School of Public Affairs. Since 2001, he has directed the Center for the Study of Government and the Individual.

In the community, Null serves on the board of trustees for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Government Board of Directors, Colorado Municipal League’s Executive Board, the El Paso County Criminal Justice Advisory Council and the Pikes Peak Mental Health Center. In 1997, he was elected to a four-year term on the Colorado Springs City Council. He was reelected in 2001. He resigned his seat to campaign for mayor.

The Colorado Springs campus students who will be traveling with Null and Brown are:

Nicole Chiarolanzio, Colorado Springs, senior.
Daniel Garcia, Colorado Springs, junior.
Thomas Gorham, Larkspur, senior.

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