2021 Onsite Presidential Inauguration Program

January 10-21, 2021


The Osgood Center is preparing two options for our Presidential Inauguration Program. One is the ON-SITE Presidential Program and will be available if health authorities allow it. Otherwise or perhaps in addition to this option, we will offer at a lower cost a VIRTUAL Presidential Program that can be accessed remotely. A third option of housing-only for five nights in a suite hotel, Jan. 16-21, 2021 is also available. Please inquire if you would prefer that option.”

The Osgood Center for International Studies invites your institution to participate in an 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. With a highly competitive election set to take place interest is running high, but regardless of the winner, reserve your space for the unique opportunity to celebrate this very special event on the National Mall and at special inaugural activities.

What is unique about this inauguration program is that the Osgood Center consults with faculty attending the program with their students in order to cover preferred topics and help arrange site visits if requested 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.

Program Schedule

WEEK ONE: The schedule involves check-in on Sunday, January 10, with a visit to the National Mall on Monday afternoon. Osgood Center morning speaker sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday. Speakers 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. Afternoons are reserved for faculty-arranged small group meetings for reflection as well as site visits to places such as Capitol Hill, special inauguration exhibits at the Smithsonian, and related sites. Assistance is available from the Osgood Center if requested. The Osgood Center will also arrange for some special briefings for the group, and a reception or other special evening event for the group. There will be much more to do than there is time, but we’ll be able to guide and prepare you the first week for the upcoming celebrations (and counter-celebrations) that will be going on.

WEEK TWO: Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, often used as a day of service. Service opportunities can be suggested for your group as the day is free for all participants. Tuesday is being left open for now, so as not to conflict with any public inaugural events. Wednesday, January 20 is the day of the inauguration, the inaugural parade and many evening events. Check-out is by noon on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Please note: The Osgood Center cannot provide tickets to inauguration events and activities. Based on many years of experience, we can provide advice to program participants on how to successfully obtain access to these events.

Program Options and Details

Early Bird Pricing
Invoiced prior to October 15 and paid by November 15

Price: $995 per student
Early Bird Discounted Price: $700 per student

Pricing after Oct. 1, 2020
Invoiced on or after Oct. 15 and paid by December 1

Regular Price: $995 per student

Substitutions may be allowed if feasible until Dec. 31, 2020.

Housing for 11 nights: Final housing costs may not be determined until the summer or fall of 2020. We expect the cost will be approximately in the range of averaging $55-60 per night per person in a shared room with up to 3 people. Singles for faculty may be in the average range of $200 per night.

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 based on the best room rate available to the Osgood Center.

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. Past experience indicates this program will be filled by early fall, so we urge your institution to reserve space to avoid being placed on a waiting list. Institutions that reserve spaces prior to October 1, 2020 will receive the Early Bird Pricing.

Payment in full is required 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. To avoid disappointment due to illness, inclement weather, change of plans, etc., we encourage participants to consider travel insurance. 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 experiential learning programs for college students in the U.S. and 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 and Dr. Eugene Alpert, president and vice president, respectively, 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 versus coming on one’s own to D.C.

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.

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