On the second floor of the Mary Graydon Student Center in room 250 lies the shared office space for the Kennedy Political Union and the Student Union Board. The first time I ever went inside was for my interview for the First-Year Fellow position on the KPU team. I was…


As the year draws to a close, I am so proud to call myself a member of the KPU leadership team for the 2020–2021 school year. As so many of you know all too well, this year has presented a unique set of challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic brought the AU…


You always hear about KPU. Even before I arrived here at AU, I had heard about the amazing speakers and events that the Kennedy Political Union had put on — my Uncle, an AU alumn still remembers the events put on more than 40 years ago. You can maybe chalk…


Niko Keddy

With my first year of college near-complete (albeit virtually) I can confidently say that being a first-year fellow with the Kennedy Political Union has been the highlight of my AU experience. Transitioning to college is full of uncertainties in a normal year, and especially so during a global…


Thursday, March 12th, 2020, was the day that the American University community received the email that our campus was going online for the rest of the semester due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For many, if not all of us, the world was and continued to be upside down. The things…


If this year has taught me one thing, it is to be comfortable with change. When the Kennedy Political Union began its 2020–2021 year in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, I knew our team would have great challenges to overcome. These obstacles included maintaining student engagement, transitioning an in-person…


By: Julia Sheedy, KPU Content Manager

As a first-time voter back in 2018, I was eagerly anticipating going to the polls. But the fact that I was casting my first vote ever for Beto O’Rourke in his 2018 Senate campaign in an attempt to beat Ted Cruz to represent the…


By: Connor Miller, KPU Production Logistics Manager

At the start of the pandemic, I almost lost my campus job and had to move out of the dorms and back home. As a political science major, I wanted to spend the summer before the 2020 election working with a candidate that…


By: Winaly Simpson

This past week, I had the honor of managing a unique and thought-provoking event with Ana Navarro, cosponsored by The Kennedy Political Union and The School of Communication. Mrs. Navarro has been an inspiration and role model to me ever since I became interested in American politics…


As we brought renowned journalist Bob Woodward to AU for the third time in KPU’s History this year, we reached out to the KPU Director who first brought Woodward to campus in 1973, Mark Lewis. Mark shared with us some letters and photos to show how outreach and advertising was done on campus in his day.

A thank you letter from Mark to the Washington Post, and a response from the Editor.

Kennedy Political Union

The Kennedy Political Union (KPU) is the non-partisan, student-run, student-funded speakers bureau at American University.

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