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Birch Bayh

Birch Bayh is a leading statesman and former member of the United States Senate from Indiana.  During his three-term service in the Senate – from 1962 to 1980 – he played a key role in passing historic legislation affecting the American presidency and the individual rights of women, minorities, and youth. He is the only person since the founding fathers to draft more than one amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

A longtime Senior Fellow at the C.V. Starr Center, in 2008 Bayh was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Washington College. He has taught five extracurricular Senatorial Colloquy seminars on history and politics for Washington College students since 2005. During these intensive sessions, the Senator leads discussions on such topics as women’s rights, civil rights, the Supreme Court, and electoral politics - and shares firsthand stories from a career in which he has worked closely with everyone from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. Each session includes an informal dinner with Senator Bayh.

To learn more about Birch Bayh, please click this link

Click here to view C-SPAN’s video of Senator Bayh’s talk, Separation of Church and State in Principle and Politics, at Washington College. 

Click here to read about Steve Clemons’ experiences helping to moderate Senator Bayh’s Senatorial Colloquies.