Elisabeth Ktenidou

Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association 15
Life and Justice in America: Implications of the New Administration, September 22-26, 2017
2017 Fulbright Nominee

The symposium started with a discussion on the American Dream and the extent to which it has been fulfilled in terms of the feeling of security since the Cold War. Issues of gender and race discrimination in contemporary America were analyzed. Particular emphasis during the symposium was placed on Trump’s rhetorical presidency and his extensive use of social media for making announcements. As participants, we had the chance to converse during the sessions, to pose questions and therefore, to enhance the dialogue. During coffee discussion groups we also had the opportunity to analyze issues on migration, issues correlated with the electoral college/election system, the U.S. justice system and other. Being separated into different groups we interacted with different people each time. We were given the chance to attend a wonderful piano concert as well as a play entitled Dreamscape where issues of race and police brutality were viewed from an artistic perspective. The experience at Leopoldskron Schloss was unique, combining academia with art and with a genuine interest in taking action over what is going on around the globe.

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