“A house divided against itself cannot stand." While President Abraham Lincoln was talking specifically about slavery in the context of his speech in 1858, the essence of his statement seems to apply to the modern-day United States with forceful premonition.
A polarized political environment, worrisome social trends that are deepening divisions within society, a media system which is driven by profit, breaking news and an incessant flow of information as well as the reemergence of passionate social activism are currently on vivid display in the United States. In all societal spheres, various fault lines are visible, no matter if they are economic, generational, ethnic, and regional or related to gender, ideology or globalization. Americans increasingly view their country and where it is heading through different lenses: Urban and rural regions are perceived differently in terms of their potential and political attitudes, educational backgrounds and income differences seem to become more pronounced, and younger generations often seem at odds with the political traditions of the generations before them.
To fully understand current discussions and events in the United States, it is crucial to dive deeper into these subjects and to debate their impact with Americans. This year‘s teacher seminar will tackle issues such as polarization, inequality and social protest to give you comprehensive insights into the challenges that America faces today as well as its potential for renewal and change. Next to input from experts, we invite you to join a discussion with young Americans on their beliefs, thoughts and hopes for the future of their country.
We cordially invite you to our teacher seminar!
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