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Thirteen universities, 24 hours, one important election

Thursday 29 October 2020 10:27am

University of Otago students and academics will join experts from universities across the globe next week for a live review of the US presidential election.

During the Academic Live Review, students and academics from 13 universities will debate and analyse events as they unfold in the US.

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Dr Aidan Gnoth

Global Governance and Journalism students from the University of South Wales (USW) will anchor the online broadcast, which begins on 3 November and continues for 24 hours, connecting student teams to spotlight their expertise.

At 6:20pm, Wednesday 4 November, students from Otago’s National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) and the Politics Programme will broadcast their 90-minute segment on the election’s impact on Aotearoa, the Pacific, and climate change.

Chaired by NCPACS researcher Dr Aidan Gnoth, Otago’s segment will include pre-recorded interviews with NCPACS academics and discussion from student-panelists Kate Hellings, Melissa Lama, Liam Wairepo, Emily Peers and Charlotte Brewer.

Professor Richard Jackson

NCPACS Director Professor Richard Jackson says the event is an “excellent initiative which showcases student voices and insights from around the world on what is undoubtedly a momentous election with far reaching consequences.”

“The real expertise that the University of Otago’s students and academics will bring to the table on issues surrounding climate change, the Pacific, and Aotearoa will enable New Zealand viewers to better understand how the election will directly impact their lives for years to come, while showcasing the considerable knowledge and talents of our students to a global audience.”

In addition to the panelists, Lydia Le Gros will be a production team member.

 Otago students will be broadcasting live at6:20pm, Wednesday 4 November via

About: content from the contributing students will be interspersed with updates on developments in the US.

UK institutions involved include Birmingham University, the University of East Anglia (UEA), the University of Stirling, City University, University of London, Loughborough University, and SOAS University of London. Their experts will comment on US foreign policy and NATO, the role of religion in elections, the impact the election result will have on global security, and power, privilege, race and ethnicity.

University of Sydney specialists will look at the mechanics of voting and media coverage of elections, while those at Pune University in India will focus on Senator Kamala Harris, who is standing for the position of US Vice-President. University of São Paulo experts will look at the election’s impact on Brazil, and Cameron University of Oklahoma academics will analyse the impact of the outcome on US foreign policy.

The project is being run in collaboration with 3PH Group Production and media professionals and is being sponsored by the British International Studies Association, City University and the USW.