If you'd like to learn more about American politics, you can attend many lectures in Washington DC with interesting themes. Here's one that's coming up that caught my attention (the title sounds like a comedy, but is the title of a book). On Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7 p.m., the National Archives
hosts a discussion titled The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans
. This public program is free, and no registration is required. A panel of former members of Congress will discuss America's political system, including redistricting, closed primaries, and the 24-hour news cycle. Moderated by New York Times journalČist Jackie Calmes, panelists include Mickey Edwards (R-OK), author of The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans
; Charlie Stenholm (D-TX); David Skaggs (D-CO) and John Porter (R-IL). A book signing follows the program.
A wide range of educational programs are offered by many organizations in Washington DC. To learn more, see a guide to Washington DC Lectures, Films and Classes.