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The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

A bipartisan research, teaching and experiential learning institute dedicated to increasing understanding of the political process with special emphasis on political parties, grassroots activity, civility and ethics, and hands-on learning through internships and events.


Jerry Austin, Political Consultant

January 24, 2023, 11:30 a.m., Quaker Station

Long-time political strategist Jerry Austin will speak at the Akron Press Club luncheon, co-sponsored by the Bliss Institute.  There will be an opportunity for Austin to sign copies of his books, "Tales from the Campaign Trail" and "Tales from the Campaign Trail, Vol. II."  

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Setting standards, providing resources, and working to create a culture of civility in the Greater Akron community.

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Why study applied politics

Catey Breck, MPA, BA '06, discusses her career path and how the Bliss Institute helped her.

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UA graduate student, Kevin Cohen, shares his internship experience with the Tim Ryan for Congress Campaign.

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Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
The University of Akron
Olin Hall 325
Akron, OH 44325-1914
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