2018 Continuity and Change in American Leadership

Two Weeks: Jan. 7-20, 2018
One Week: Jan. 7-13, 2018 or Jan. 14-20, 2018

January Leadership ProgramA new administration and seemingly a new era in American politics are presenting the US profound challenges to established approaches to education, journalism, politics, diplomacy and even science. This program brings together leading journalists, analysts, diplomats, and educators to examine the historical significance of the times and to explore what is new, what is ephemeral, and what is lasting. Informed speakers, visits to Washington institutions, and diverse student participation will make this a unique experiential learning opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders.

The Osgood Center for International Studies invites your institution to participate in an academic seminar that past participants have said has transformed their views of our nation’s most important issues, inspired them to follow in the footsteps of leaders they admire, and dedicate themselves to an action-oriented future in society.

To accommodate various types of academic calendars, we are offering both a two-week program, ideal for Jan Term schools, or a one-week program for those institutions not quite starting their spring semester.

What is unique about this program is that the Osgood Center will consult with faculty attending the program with their students in order to cover preferred topics and arrange site visits that fit their academic focus. Whether this involves an emphasis on politics, domestic policy, foreign policy, the role of the media and interest groups, various public policy issues or even the arts and humanities, we often can arrange appropriate activities to suit your preferences.

Here are the program options and details:

Two-week program
Jan. 7-20, 2018
Program Cost: $750

One-Week Program
Jan. 7-13, 2018 or Jan. 14-20, 2018
Program Cost: $500 per week

Very affordable housing options available. Please contact us for more information.

There is no program charge for the faculty, but they are charged the cost of housing. Food, transportation and other personal expenses are also not included. Arrangements can be made to arrive a day earlier or depart a day later upon consultation.

What we provide:

A bus tour of major DC sights, an Osgood Center promotional item and a reception with a speaker during week two. We will generally provide two speaker sessions in the morning and one site visit in the afternoon, unless faculty desire to arrange their own visits and afternoon schedule. The site visits will be customized to reflect the interests of the faculty leading the group. During week two we will provide a ticket for each student to the Newseum. Time will be available for small group meetings for discussion and reflection. Martin Luther King Day schedule may involve a day of service or other special activities on the National Mall.

Deadlines and Payments

Reservations (via email) from institutions will be accepted until spaces are filled. We are limiting the program to under 100 students and faculty. Deadline for applications is December 1, but applications may still be accepted if space is available. Housing costs may increase the closer to the start of the program, so we encourage early applications.

Payment in full is required by December 8, 2017 unless other arrangements are made. Housing payment may be required at an earlier time to guarantee rates. Requests (in writing via email) for a full refund minus a $150 administrative fee are possible until December 15, 2017. No refunds are available for any reason after that date. To avoid disappointment due to illness, inclement weather, change of plans, etc., we encourage participants to consider travel insurance.

The Osgood Center Difference

Dr. Shelton Williams and Dr. Eugene Alpert, president and vice president, respectively, of the Osgood Center, have been leading academic seminar programs since the 1980s. Our contacts and familiarity with procedures and protocols will serve as an invaluable resource for those attending this program and help ensure that Washington’s resources become fully accessible to those with diverse interests.

About the Osgood Center

The Osgood Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers short-term foreign policy and experiential learning programs for graduate, college, and, occasionally, high school 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.

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.

For more information and to make reservations, contact us at:

Eugene J. Alpert, Ph.D.
Vice President
The Osgood Center for International Studies
1629 K St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
Email: alpert@osgoodcenter.org
Phone: 202-349-1698, X11698

Osgood Center Partners with ACHS

The Osgood Center for International Studies is proud to be a partner with ACHS and its member societies and to offer a $500 scholarship to be applied to the cost of its internship program in Washington, D.C. This scholarship is automatically awarded to any student who is a member of an ACHS member society.

Shelly Williams – Author

Shelton Williams

Shelton L Williams (Shelly) writes and talks for a living. His book sales’ “profits” go either to the non-profit, The Osgood Center for International Studies, or Rotary International.

Buy a book, help a cause.

About Shelly


Shelly Williams is an educator and a storyteller. He is in his fifty-first year of college and university teaching. He’s written books on Asia, nuclear proliferation, and world politics. All that led him into diplomacy and government service. The State Department gave him a Superior Performance medal for work at the 1995 NPT Review Conference. Even today, he runs the Osgood Center for International Studies where students come to DC to experience diplomacy, politics, and DC itself in this transformational era of U.S. Foreign Policy. A Johns Hopkins Ph. D. helped make all this possible.

But Shelly grew up in Texas. He went to the school and played on the football team that eventually made the phrase “Friday Night Lights” famous. His experiences in Texas and his perspectives gradually led him to write about crime and society. The books below, both non-fiction and fiction, address those events and those views. There will be more of them.

The Books:

About The Books:

More about Shelly

CURRICULUM VITAE: Shelton L. (Shelly) Williams
Birth date: July 13, 1944
Ph.D. – The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), 1971
M.A. – SAIS, 1968 (with distinction)
B.A. – The University of Texas, 1966, with High Honors
Phi Beta Kappa, Special Honors in Government


2004-present – President, The Osgood Center for International Studies
2005-present – Visiting Professor, Norwich University, Masters Program in Diplomacy
1970-2008 – Austin College, Professor, Political Science, Emeritus 1997-2005 – Director, Leadership Institute
1988-94 – Director, International Education
1982-87 – Dean, Social Science Division
1978-81 – Director, College Honors Program
Other: Director, Summer Symposium on Foreign Policy in Washington, DC,
1981-present; Director, Model United Nations, 1983-2005; Chair, Committee on Educational Resources, Re-accreditation for the Southern Association of Colleges, 1997-1998; Faculty Executive Committee, 1991-1993, Chair, 1992-93; Selection Committee for VPAA, elected as Faculty At -Large Representative, 1999, Curriculum Review Committee, elected At-Large, 2000.


2017 – Covey Jencks, fiction novel, Southern Owl Publications
2007 – Inside Higher Education, “Learning from Tragedy,” May 24
2007 – Washed in the Blood, non-fiction novel, Zone Press Publishing Company
2007 – The Summer of 66, non-fiction novel, Zone Press
2006 – “Considering Nuclear Earth Penetrators,” American Center for International Policy Studies
2005 – “Citizen Diplomacy in the 1995 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference,” in Multilateral Diplomacy in the Post Cold War United Nations, Westview Press (revised and updated)
2001 – “Newsday,” The Bush-Putin Talks on ABM, July 27
2001 – “Facts on File,” UN Encyclopedia, articles on arms control and disarmament
1972 – Nonproliferation in International Politics: The Japanese Case, University of Denver Social Science Foundation, Monograph Series in World Affairs
1969 – The U.S., India, and the Bomb, Johns Hopkins Press


2009 – Alumni Service Award, Austin College
2008 – Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, Austin College
2004 – Named Leslie B. Crane Chair of Leadership
1999 – Named Jno. D. Moseley Chair of Government and Public Policy
1998 – Homer P. Rainey Award for Outstanding Achievement and Service to Austin College
1998 – Austin College Nominee for CASE National Professor of the Year 1995-96 – William C. Foster Visiting Fellow, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA)
1996 – Outstanding Achievement Award, ACDA, for work associated with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
1996 – Superior Honor Award, ACDA, for accomplishments at the
1995 Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference
1987 – North Texas Phi Beta Kappa “Professor of the Year” nominee
1976 – Minnie Stephens Piper Award as one of ten outstanding Professors in Texas


Shelton L. Williams
The Osgood Center
1629 K Street, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
202-349-1698, x11698 (O)
301-704-5538 (C)

World Scout Jamboree Model UN 2019

World Scount Jamboree MUNThe Osgood Center for International Studies firmly believes in the positive effects of Model United Nations simulations. For the last 15 years, the Osgood Center has trained students from all around the world in Model United Nations and Model Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, inspiring and encouraging the creation of Model United Nations programs in various high schools and universities globally. Now we are proud to assist the WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE in offering the WSJMUN2019 in July 23-25, 2019, in Bechtel, West Virginia.

At the Osgood Center for International Studies we believe that we live in a big, complex world of interconnected cultures, economies, ecosystems, and countries. The Osgood Center team believes that WSJMUN 2019 will give participants the tools to understand it.

“When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it” (Yo-Yo-Ma)

Models UN are characterized by a spirit of collaboration, an appreciation for interconnectedness, and a diplomatic perspective. Both the academic experience and the cross-cultural dialogue promoted in the conference committees help young people to develop informed perspectives on today’s global world, along with the critical thinking, leadership, communication, and collaboration skills to solve pressing problems and to promote authentic global citizenship. Global and cross-cultural learning goes on every day whenever delegates, student experts, and participants from various cultural backgrounds interact. Student delegates are encouraged to ponder:

How can I learn about the world?
How does what I know about key global issues and do about them make sense in the larger context of today’s world?

Under Dr. Shelton Williams’s leadership, the Osgood Center’s annual Model United Nations program, the International Model United Nations, was first held in 2003 in Washington, DC. Since 2007, the Osgood Center has partnered with the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) to co-host National Model United Nations-DC (MUN-DC) each fall. From 2015 to present, Osgood Center has staged the Texas Model UN in various locations around the state. This is our first WSJ Model UN. If you would like to be part of the program as an attendee to the WSJMUN 2019, please APPLY:

View the Country Matrix
View the Committee Topics
View the Preparation Guide
View the Registration Form

Background Briefs: