Online Seminars

Teaching the U.S. Elections 2020 Online Seminars

NEW Student webinar with David Goldfield on October 1, 2020, 4–5:30 PM (see below)!

Together with local, European and U.S. based partners, the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Consulates General, LIFE e.V., Leuphana University Lüneburg and a number of local partners throughout Germany will conduct the U.S. Embassy School Election Project 2020 in the fall. This seminar will introduce potential participants and future teachers to the format, cutting-edge pedagogical approaches and educational technologies and include input from an American expert on the U.S. elections.

Due to concerns about the coronavirus and in order to enable a wider audience to participate in this discussion, we invite you to join us via webinar. Please register to join the conversation and take part in the Q&A with the faculty. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the Online Training.


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Online Seminars overview:

Registration

Register online via https://leuphana.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r5rNVt89RZuc3MjrwNNd8Q
The seminar will be done via zoom. Participant slots are limited, so please delete your registration if you know you can't participate.
Submit your questions in advance via the forum in the Virtual Town Hall, our Facebook page, or via email (teachaboutus@leuphana.de).

Program

Program moderated by Dr. Martina Kohl, U.S. Embassy Berlin 

For an update on the campaign, to provide insights into what has happened so far, and, most of all, to allow you and your students to ask questions, Dr. David Goldfield (Robert Lee Bailey Prof. of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte) will join us again for a webinar on October 1, 4-5:30PM (German time).

Prof. Goldfield will begin with a brief input and then allow plenty of time for audience questions.

Prof. Dr. David Goldfield
Robert Lee Bailey Prof. of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 
A native of Memphis, he grew up in Brooklyn and attended the University of Maryland. He is the author or editor of sixteen books including two, Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers (1982) and Black, White, and Southern (1991), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in history, and America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation (2011). His newest book, The Gifted Generation, about life and the transformation of American politics after the Second World War (2017) was described by NPR as one of the “great books to hunker down with in 2018.” Goldfield is the Editor of the Journal of Urban History. He serves as Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and as an expert witness in voting rights cases. He is Past President of the Southern Historical Association (2012-2013).

Program

Program moderated by Dr. Martina Kohl, U.S. Embassy Berlin 

This is a webinar entirely dedicated to introducing teachers to the U.S. Embassy School Election Project. The program will include an introduction to the project curriculum and Moodle platform and input from our partners and guests. We will also announce the results of our State Lottery during this webinar. More information tba. 


Program

Program moderated by Dr. Martina Kohl, U.S. Embassy Berlin 

Teaching the U.S. Elections 2020 – Social Media in Times of Limited Campaigning   
Prof. Dr. Terri Towner, Associate Professor of Political Science, Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan

Teach About US - Innovative Ways of Teaching English: The Election Project 2020
Joannis Kaliampos, Program Manager, Teach About US, Leuphana University Lüneburg


Faculty

Prof. Dr. Terri Towner
Associate Professor of Political Science at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan
Dr. Towner’s research interests include examining how new media sources, particularly Web 2.0 sources, influence attitudes toward politics. She is currently engaged in several research projects involving President Trump's use of Twitter, Instagram, political memes, and more. In 2007, Dr. Towner received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Purdue University. She studies American Politics, specializing in public opinion, elections, voting behavior, and quantitative methodology. Presently, her specific research lines include investigating the role of race in politics, attitudes toward war, the influence of new media on political attitudes and the pedagogical value of social networks. She has authored several articles and book chapters on subjects ranging from the permanent campaign to the role of new media. Dr. Towner teaches a wide variety of courses at Oakland University, including Introduction to American Politics, Public Opinion, Elections and Voting Behavior, Research Methods and Statistics, and Politics and the Internet. The latter course is a new offering that examines issues involving privacy, e-government, blog power and social media in campaigning. The course draws on cutting-edge research in multiple disciplines, including political science, communications, psychology, and computer technology.

Joannis Kaliampos
Research Associate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Leuphana University Lüneburg
Joannis Kaliampos is the educational project manager and teacher trainer for the project Teach About US which includes the award-winning U.S. Embassy School Election Project (Hans Eberhard Piepho Prize 2013) and Going Green – Education for Sustainability project (“Ausgezeichnete Orte – Land der Ideen” 2015). He received a Staatsexamen degree in English and History (Gymnasium) from Justus Liebig University Gießen. He has held teaching positions at a secondary school (Lahntalschule Lahnau), in the German program of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (Fulbright scholarship), and as writing consultant for international students (Justus Liebig University Gießen). Joannis Kaliampos is currently completing a PhD on learner task perceptions in blended learning EFL projects.

Program

Program moderated by Dr. Martina Kohl, U.S. Embassy Berlin 

Teaching the U.S. Elections 2020 – Campaigning and Voting in Times of the Corona Health Crisis
Prof. Dr. Mark Rozell, Ruth D. and John T. Hazel Chair in Public Policy, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University

Teach About US - Innovative Ways of Teaching English: The Election Project 2020
Joannis Kaliampos, Program Manager, Teach About US, Leuphana University Lüneburg


Faculty

Prof. Dr. Mark Rozell, Dean
Ruth D. and John T. Hazel Chair in Public Policy, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University
 
Mark J. Rozell is the Founding Dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He holds the Ruth D. and John T. Hazel chair in public policy. He is the author of nine books and editor of twenty additional books on various topics in US government and politics, including the Presidency, religion and politics, media and politics, and interest groups in elections. His latest book is “Federalism: A Very Short Introduction” (Oxford University Press, 2019). He has testified before Congress on executive privilege issues and has lectured extensively in the US and abroad. In recent years, he has lectured in Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and Vietnam. Rozell writes frequent opinion columns for major media outlets such as The Hill, New York Daily News, and Politico. He is often asked to comment about his areas of expertise for television and in publications such as The Washington Post and Time Magazine. He currently serves as a Judge for the Gerald R. Ford Award Committee for Outstanding Reporting on the Presidency for the Gerald R. Ford Foundation.

Joannis Kaliampos
Research Associate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Leuphana University Lüneburg
Joannis Kaliampos is the educational project manager and teacher trainer for the project Teach About US which includes the award-winning U.S. Embassy School Election Project (Hans Eberhard Piepho Prize 2013) and Going Green – Education for Sustainability project (“Ausgezeichnete Orte – Land der Ideen” 2015). He received a Staatsexamen degree in English and History (Gymnasium) from Justus Liebig University Gießen. He has held teaching positions at a secondary school (Lahntalschule Lahnau), in the German program of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (Fulbright scholarship), and as writing consultant for international students (Justus Liebig University Gießen). Joannis Kaliampos is currently completing a PhD on learner task perceptions in blended learning EFL projects.

Program

Program moderated by Dr. Martina Kohl, U.S. Embassy Berlin

Teaching the U.S. Elections 2020 – Campaigning and Voting in Times of the Corona Health Crisis
Prof. Dr. David Goldfield, Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Teach About US - Innovative Ways of Teaching English: The Election Project 2020
Joannis Kaliampos, Program Manager, Teach About US, Leuphana University Lüneburg


Faculty

Prof. Dr. David Goldfield
Robert Lee Bailey Prof. of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 
A native of Memphis, he grew up in Brooklyn and attended the University of Maryland. He is the author or editor of sixteen books including two, Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers (1982) and Black, White, and Southern (1991), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in history, and America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation (2011). His newest book, The Gifted Generation, about life and the transformation of American politics after the Second World War (2017) was described by NPR as one of the “great books to hunker down with in 2018.” Goldfield is the Editor of the Journal of Urban History. He serves as Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and as an expert witness in voting rights cases. He is Past President of the Southern Historical Association (2012-2013).

Joannis Kaliampos
Research Associate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Leuphana University Lüneburg
Joannis Kaliampos is the educational project manager and teacher trainer for the project Teach About US which includes the award-winning U.S. Embassy School Election Project (Hans Eberhard Piepho Prize 2013) and Going Green – Education for Sustainability project (“Ausgezeichnete Orte – Land der Ideen” 2015). He received a Staatsexamen degree in English and History (Gymnasium) from Justus Liebig University Gießen. He has held teaching positions at a secondary school (Lahntalschule Lahnau), in the German program of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (Fulbright scholarship), and as writing consultant for international students (Justus Liebig University Gießen). Joannis Kaliampos is currently completing a PhD on learner task perceptions in blended learning EFL projects.


Our Mission

The U.S. Embassy School Election Project is an intercultural blended-learning program promoting democratic engagement and civil discourse in the context of the U.S. presidential campaign. Our goal is to provide participants with evidence-based information and analytical tools to predict and evaluate the election outcome of an adopted state. Teachers and students research and understand competing viewpoints and political arguments. This project promotes respect, civility and open-mindedness as the basis for intercultural engagement.

The U.S. Embassy School Election Project was awarded the renowned Hans-Eberhard-Piepho Prize for Ideas in Communicative Language Teaching in 2013.  

Last modified: Thursday, 10 September 2020, 2:18 PM