2021 Virtual Presidential Inauguration Program

Eugene AlpertJanuary 10-21, 2021

The Osgood Center mourns the passing of its Vice President, Eugene Alpert. An educator for 45 years, Gene was a stalwart supporter of experiential education at TCU, The Washington Center, and, for the past 5 years, the Osgood Center. This January’s Program is hereby designated as the Gene Alpert Presidential Inauguration Program.

Presidential Inauguration 2021

The Osgood Center for International Studies invites your institution to participate in a virtual academic seminar that revolves around the historic 2021 presidential inauguration. This quadrennial event is one of the most important events in American history that is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of people who come to D.C. to witness history-in-the-making. To be safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are offering an alternative program that will combine an academic perspective with the exciting events associated with the transition of power or the anticipation of a second term of our next president.

Reserve your space for the unique opportunity to celebrate this very special event on the National Mall and at special inaugural activities.


To prepare for the program, we will provide a videography of programs that will provide background and context for presidential inaugurations.


Osgood Center speaker sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday. Speakers each morning will include experts in the history and traditions of presidential inaugurations, political campaigns, presidential-congressional relations, politics and the media, and if relevant, presidential transitions or presidential second terms. There will also be a focus on some of the major public policy issues that the next president will likely face in the next four years.


Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will have some speakers who will address the historical and present significance of the day. Tuesday is being left open for now, so as not to conflict with any public inaugural events that might be viewed on C-SPAN. Wednesday, January 20 is the day of the inauguration, the inaugural parade and many evening events. These are always covered by the major news outlets and C-SPAN.

Program Costs

Pricing – $500 per student

Deadlines and Payments

All payments are due no later than Dec. 11, 2020 unless other arrangements are made. Requests (in writing via email) for a full refund minus a $150 administrative fee are possible until December 11, 2020. No refunds are available for any reason after that date. Substitutions may be allowed if feasible by December 31, 2020.

About the Osgood Center

The Osgood Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers short-term foreign policy and experiential learning programs for college and graduate students from around the globe.

At the Osgood Center, our mission is to advance understanding of public affairs and contemporary international and domestic issues. We positively affect the lives of our participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize short-term active engagement and experiential learning programs such as academic seminars and internships. Our vision is a generation of young people who strive to understand public policy issues and work to find creative solutions to global problems.

Dr. Shelton Williams, president, and Dr. Eugene Alpert, vice president, of the Osgood Center have been planning presidential inauguration programs since the 1980s. Our contacts and familiarity with procedures and protocols will serve as an invaluable resource for those attending this program.

We are known for the personal attention we provide our program participants and for the customized instructional model that we utilize to help them achieve their academic and career goals. We strive to make our programs affordable and accessible with attention paid to the special interests of our students and faculty.


Online Registration

For more information, contact us at:

Shelton L. Williams, Ph.D.
The Osgood Center for International Studies
1629 K St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
Email: swilliams@osgoodcenter.org
Phone: 301-704-5538