: Democratic National Convention
Overview: Democratic National Convention
Combining formal instruction, guest lectures, panels, tours, site visits, and fieldwork assignments, the program gives students the opportunity to experience the convention from behind the scenes, and to witness democracy in action at both the grassroots and national levels.
During the first week, students witness and participate in the building excitement of the convention preparations. As the weekend approaches, students are able to volunteer for convention-related assignments and attend convention receptions and rallies. Topics during the first week include the history of political campaigns and conventions, the nomination process, convention planning and procedures, party organizations, campaign finance, and media coverage. Students also enjoy an introduction to the host city and the convention facility.
During week two, the week of the convention, the daily program continues as each previous day’s events are analyzed and the upcoming events of the day are anticipated and discussed. The second week focuses on the keynote address, party platform, party factions, selection of the presidential and vice presidential nominees, campaign issues and strategies, and other important races.
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Photos from the 2008 Conventions