Webinar - Teaching the U.S. Elections 2020

Webinar - Teaching the U.S. Elections 2020




16:00 - 17:30





Teach About U.S.
From the Public Affairs Team at U.S. Mission Germany


Date: May 27, 2020
Time: 16:00-17:30
Language: English

Teaching the U.S. Elections 2020 – Campaigning and Voting in Times of the Corona Health Crisis

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

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

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The U.S. Embassy Berlin and the U.S. Consulates General in Germany, our principal project partners Leuphana University Lüneburg and LIFE e.V., together with a number of local and state partners will conduct the U.S. Embassy School Election Project 2020 in the fall. This seminar will introduce potential participants and future teachers to cutting-edge pedagogical approaches and educational technologies. It will 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 webinar.

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

Project goals
The U.S. Embassy School Election Project is designed to promote a better understanding of the U.S. presidential election process. The project links numerous schools in Germany with partner schools in the United States. Many teachers and students in Germany work with their American counterparts and through the Meet US program to research the political viewpoints in their particular adopted state. Students not only learn about the foundation of American democracy, they build one-on-one relationships with the people who form it.


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
Researcher 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.

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