Youth Seminar: Race to the White House - the U.S. in an Election Year


Thursday, October 24 - Friday, October 25


Jugendherberge Mainz


You can register for the seminar here.

Anmeldeschluss ist der 14. Juli! 



Target group:

Das Seminar richtet sich an Jugendliche und junge Erwachsene aus Hessen und Rheinland-Pfalz mit Interesse an der amerikanischen Politik- und Medienlandschaft. Gute englische Sprachkenntnisse sind Voraussetzung, denn die Seminarsprache ist Englisch.

Bei Minderjährigen muss nach der Anmeldung die Einverständniserklärung eines Erziehungsberechtigten eingereicht werden. Die Anmeldung ist erst damit vollständig.

Die Teilnehmendenzahl ist begrenzt, daher bitte rechtzeitig anmelden!

In cooperation with:

Fridtjof-Nansen-Akademie für politische Bildung
Hessische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung
US-Generalkonsulat Frankfurt


On November 5, Americans will cast their vote and decide who will win the White House and which party will receive the majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Will 81-year-old Joe Biden and the Democrats win a second term or will his challenger, 77-year-old Donald Trump, and the Republicans be successful this election season? In a long and very expensive election year, American voters are not happy about the choices they are presented with and worry about the direction their country is headed. At the same time, important topics such as democracy, abortion rights, immigration, the economy, and the support for Ukraine could be at stake. In this youth seminar, we want to discuss why this election is so important not just for the United States, but also for Germany and transatlantic relations. With experts, we will discuss the election system, the candidates, and the topics and what a win of either party might mean for Germany and Europe. Practice your English, get to know other young people and learn more about the U.S. with us this October! 

You can find the flyer and the entire program here.



Thursday, October 24

Check-In until 1.45 pm

2 - 2.30 pm
Welcome Remarks and Introduction to the Program
Lena Oschewsky, Pia Snella, Sarah Wagner

2.30 - 4 pm
The U.S. Election System and Its Challenges
Prof. Sarah Surak, Salisbury University

4 - 4.30 pm

4.30 - 6 pm
The Election and the Media: How do the Candidates and Parties Communicate?
Dr. Mike Cowburn, European University Viadrina

6 - 7 pm

7 pm
Interview with Social Media Correspondent Anna Kleiser (ZDF)

Friday, October 25

9 - 10.30 am
The Candidates and Their Campaigns: Style and Substance
Prof. Sarah Surak, Salisbury University

10.30 - 12 pm
Workshop: "What If?"
The Impact of the Elections on Germany

12 - 1 pm

1 - 2.30 pm
Where Do We Go From Here?
Presentation of Workshop Results and Discussion

2.30 pm
End of program, departure