12. April 2024

The White House Embattled The White House Embattled

Starting April 16 the University of Bonn will be holding a lecture series on the U.S. presidential election and its significance for world affairs

How will transnational relations be affected based on who wins the battle for the White House this coming November? This is the question to be illuminated from various perspectives in an upcoming lecture series organized by the University of Bonn North American Studies Program in partnership with Amerika Haus NRW, the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and the German-Canadian Centre (DKG). The first of these talks will be held in Bonn on April 16 at 6 pm in the Rabinstraße 8 building, seminar room 8.

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While the protagonists of the 2024 and 2020 U.S. presidential election remain the same, the geopolitical framework as well as the cultural and economic climate – in the U.S. as well as globally – have shifted considerably during the last four years. Accordingly, whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump will make the race to the White House in November 2024 does have a distinct impact on the shape of transnational relations, communication, and cooperation. Engaging the issues driving the 2024 presidential election from multiple perspectives, this lecture series offers a platform for interrogating the complexities of a momentous democratic decision fraught with consequences.

Dr. Jana Puglierin, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, will be the first program speaker, holding a talk on April 16 on how Russia´s war on Ukraine has transformed transatlantic relations. Dr. Puglierin believes Europeans need to urgently build a more balanced transatlantic relationship to be able to protect their own economic and security interests.

Further information and program

The lecture series will be held in English. For the lecture dates and times visit https://www.nas.uni-bonn.de/en/events/upcoming-events/up-events 

April 16: How Russia’s War on Ukraine Has Transformed Transatlantic Relations (Dr. Jana Puglierin, European Council on Foreign Relations Berlin)

April 23: Mapping the Race to the White House: The Political and Constitutional Factors That Shape the 2024 Presidential Election (PD Dr. Jasper Trautsch, North American Studies Program, University of Bonn)

May 7: The Digital and the Political: Perspectives and Implications for the Election Campaign (Dr. Nils Hoffmann, Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Transformation and Digitization & North American Studies Program, University of Bonn)

May 14: The Presidential Elections: Views from the States of the U.S. Federal Democracy (Prof. Dr. Jared Sonnicksen, RWTH Aachen)

May 26: New York City American Democracy at Risk: An Artist's View (Bill Travis; Artist)

May 27: Philadelphia Feeling Is Believing: Rethinking the Role of Conspiracy Theory in the 2024 U.S. Election Cycle (Prof. Donovan O. Schaefer, University of Pennsylvania)

May 28: The 2024 U.S. Election Seen from Down Under: What's at Stake for Australia? (Prof. David Smith, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney)

May 28: Europe Alone at Home: Is Security Possible Without the United States? (Marcus Pindur; Deutschlandfunk)

June 4: The Orbanization of the United States: Republican Strategies and the Transnational Networks of Radicalized Conservatives (PD Dr. Thomas Greven, John-F.-Kennedy-Institut, Free University Berlin)

June 6: Trump-Proofing Transatlantic Security: Challenges for Germany, NATO and the EU (Prof. Dr. Gerlinde Groitl, University of Freiburg)

June 11: Can It Happen Here? How the Republicans Threaten U.S. Democracy (Dr. Philipp Adorf, University of Bonn)

June 18: 'Heading for a Momento U.S. Vote'? Canadian Perspectives on the 2024 U.S. Election (PD Dr. Martin Thunert, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg)

June 25: An Old White Men's Election Campaign: Is There Room for Real Issues? (Prof. Dr. Andreas Falke, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

July 2: Earth in the Balance? Environmental Politics and US-American Elections (Dr. Hannes Bergthaller, National Taiwan Normal University)

July 9: Women, Power, and the Presidential Elections (PD Dr. Birte Christ, Universität Gießen)

July 11: The Economy as National Security? How Geoeconomic Competition and Geopolitical Confrontation Shape Economic and Security Policy (Dr. Laura von Daniels, German Institute for International and Security Affairs)

Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke
Department of English, American, and Celtic Studies
University of Bonn
Phone: +49 228-73 1836 (office)
E-Mail: ssielke@nap-uni-bonn.de

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