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By Sean Foreman, Phd, Associate Professor Of Political Science
I have been fortunate enough to be called upon several times by the Miami Council for International Visitors to host political and civic leaders from around the globe at Barry’s Miami campus. The visits are enriching both for guests and for students who get to interact with them.
Two such visits occurred leading up to and following the 2012 presidential election. First, a group of five visitors from Argentina with experience in media-related businesses came to hear me discuss the presidential campaign, Florida politics more generally, and the role of the Barry radio station in covering elections. This led to a lively discussion about campaign coverage in the United States and South America. Two days after Barack Obama won a second term as president, we hosted 16 visitors from 13 African countries for the “Young African Leaders: Grassroots Democracy and the U.S. Elections” program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. I answered questions about why President Obama won reelection and what it meant for the U.S. and the world moving forward. The opportunity led to students and staff making meaningful connections for other project interests they have in Africa. Additionally, I was interviewed live on election night by the BBC to talk about the results and the vote in Florida – an interview seen internationally.
We also hosted four young political leaders from Brazil for a program on governmental affairs that included meetings with different organizations to discuss the collaboration between governments and other stakeholders in administration and planning. These emerging leaders wanted to discuss the impact that South Florida has on overall U.S foreign policy, especially toward Latin America. The Brazilians engaged in a panel discussion with one of our American Government classes, first telling about their own political experiences and their impressions of the U.S. government, and then answering students’ questions about Brazil and broader global issues.
The opportunities for Barry students to interact with program participants from abroad are an invaluable addition to their educational experiences that cannot be gained simply from textbooks.