About the Program

The Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs was founded in 1947 by Professor Ben Arneson who had a 36-year career at Ohio Wesleyan University. His vision was summarized in a pledge that all of his students signed which read: “With a view to serving the public interest and regardless of the nature of my future vocation I pledge that, upon leaving college, I will devote a portion of my time to active and definite participation in public affairs.”

Upcoming Events
“Quantum Mind and Social Science”
Alexander Wendt, Ralph D. Mershon Professor of International Security and Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 4:10 p.m., HWCC Benes B
Sponsored by the OWU Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs
“The United States and Asia: The Future of Military Power and Conflict”
John R. Deni, Research Professor of National Security Studies, Strategic Studies Institute
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m., HWCC Benes B
Sponsored by the International Studies Program and the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs.

Although students today no longer sign pledge cards, Ohio Wesleyan University’s role as a leader in national and international theory and practice remains embodied in Ben Arneson’s favorite quotation from Thomas Jefferson: “Better minds for better politics.” Today, the Arneson Institute features prominent national and international guest speakers on campus; supports interdisciplinary student and faculty research projects involving local, state, national, and international public policy; supports Ohio Wesleyan University’s seminal “Mock Convention,” during which students conduct a presidential nomination process, the oldest such event in the world; as well as supporting Ohio Wesleyan University’s Model United Nations and Moot Court teams. It also supports the Civic Arts Review, a journal focusing on the relationships between education and public life.

link to mock convention site, model UN and Moot Courts and Civic Arts Review

The Arneson Institute hosts and manages the “Wesleyan in Washington” program of internship study for Ohio Wesleyan University students. It also facilitates career-long professional contacts and development for Ohio Wesleyan University alumni.