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Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 25, 2020

Berlin Seminar 2020 - Resources

Engage? Engage! The 66th Berlin Seminar is dedicated to engaging and participating in democracy. As a continuation of the seminars from the previous two years (“Change” and “Courage”), Fulbright Germany, with the motto “Engage,” emphasizes subjects that seek to further develop your democratic ability to think critically, to judge and to act, and that encourage you to actively engage in shaping a democratic community, locally and globally.

Democracy needs inspiration, networking and courage, as well as spaces for new and critical thinking. Democracies also need informed citizens. You can use these resources to prepare ahead of the seminar and to learn more about its subjects, to dive deeper into the topics of discussion, and to continue challenging your own points of view after the event:

Get Informed - Reading Material

These resources offer more information on the seminar subjects.

The United Nations on Democracy: "Democracy is a core value of the United Nations. The UN supports democracy by promoting human rights, development, and peace and security."

The European Parliament sees its role not only in promoting democratic decision-making in Europe but also in supporting the fight for democracy, freedom of speech and fair elections across the globe.

The German Bundestag on Democracy: "Nach Artikel 20 Absatz 1 des Grundgesetzes ist die Bundesrepublik Deutschland eine Demokratie. In dieser Staatsform übt das Volk die Herrschaftsgewalt aus."

Information on the 2019 European election results by the European Parliament, the 2017 German election results by the The Federal Returning Officer (Bundeswahlleiter), and the 2016 US election results (graphics pp. 12-21) by the Federal Election Commission.

The work of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) focuses on fostering an awareness of what democracy is and on furthering participation in politics and social life.

The magazine "Informationen zur Politischen Bildung" by the bpb has, for example, issues on the history of democracy and parliamentary democracy.

The article "Journalism is a societal profession" by the Media Guide, an online guide of new journalism and media ethics, highlights the importance of journalism to the functions of a democratic society.

Get Informed - Podcasts

These podcasts focus on democracy. Learn more about the seminar's topics while running errands or relaxing on the couch.

The Democracy Works podcast is produced by The McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State and WPSU Penn State, central Pennsylvania’s NPR station. The McCourtney Institute draws from the humanities and social sciences to examine democracy from multiple angles.

The Cable is a podcast production of the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group (TDWG) and the Institute of Current World Affairs in Washington. It addresses the threats to democracy in Europe and the transatlantic relationship.

Participate

These events focus on democracy and citizen engagement.

The coursera course Civic Engagement in American Democracy by Duke University focuses on the question: "How can I as a citizen influence politics?" 

March 8 - International Women's Day: 2020 is the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the US and the 101st anniversary in Germany. There are many events to celebrate this day, for example at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin (free admission).

"The Poetics of Democracy: Images and Counter-Images from the Spanish Transition" is an exhibition (5 Dec 2018 - 25 Nov 2020 in Madrid) on new aesthetic discourses and practices that accompanied the calls for democratic liberties during the Spanish transition in the 1970s.

Set up at the initiative of the European Parliament in cooperation with the European Commission, the EUROPA EXPERIENCE - the permanent exhibition in the European House Berlin gives you the opportunity to find out more about European politics and, above all, how you can make a difference.

Engage

These initiatives and organizations foster active engagement to strengthen civil society and democracy.

vostel.de is an online platform for volunteers and non-profits connecting individuals with charitable organisations in need of support (Berlin, Cologne, Munich and the Frankfurt area).

„Demokratie leben!“ is an initiative by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and supports civil society commitment to democracy and against all forms of extremism.

Heft des Handelns (booklet of action) encourages democratic commitment and presents 100 ideas - both large and small. It is part of the campaign "Demokratie leben!".

DEMOCRACY is an app and participation plattform that aims to bring more transparency, political education and discussion into the public discourse and your smartphone.

European Democracy Lab is a think tank generating innovative ideas for Europe.

Das Progressive Zentrum is an independent think tank that aims to strengthen democratic dialogue within Germany and across borders.

The Youth Democracy Award supports democracy projects by teenagers and young adults (16-27 years). Since 2008, the Youth Democracy Prize has been awarded once a year by a youth jury.

 

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