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2008 Fulbright US Elections Program

The GTI, in collaboration with NC State's School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), hosted a group of 20 Brazilian students in October and November of 2008 as part of a US Elections Program sponsored by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in cooperation with the Fulbright Commission and the US Embassy in Brazil. The program involved students from Brazil’s leading universities who experienced the US elections process on the local, state, and national levels.

Brazil Fulbright Elections Program

Program Summary

Participants spent ten days in class and workshops, and they participated in local site visits to the Governor's Mansion, the State Capitol, the headquarters for the state Democratic and Republican parties. They also traveled to Washington DC to meet political leaders, tour government buildings and museums, and debrief at the State Department. The 2008 elections were one of the most exciting, pivotal, and talked about elections in US history. In addition to a closely fought presidential election, the state of North Carolina had close races for state governor, the US Senate, and other offices.

Brazilian Fulbright students

The following faculty from SPIA were involved in the program:

  • Rick Kearney, Director of SPIA
  • Andy Taylor, Chair of the Political Science Department
  • Michael Struett, SPIA faculty member
  • Bill Boettcher, SPIA faculty member
  • Steven Greene, SPIA faculty member
  • Chris Ellis, SPIA faculty member

SPIA faculty presented seminars on hard and soft foreign policy, campaign strategy, electoral strategy, as well as media and politics.

Brazilian Fulbright students in Washington DC Brazilian Fulbright students tour the nation's capital