Today, I want to introduce you to what is (in part) student life at IHECS. Tuesday, March 3, 2020, was an important day in American political life, and on that occasion a conference was organized at the IHECS.
Super Tuesday, for those who do not know, is a decisive day in the race for the presidency of the United States. It is often the time to find out who will be the candidate who will oppose the incumbent president (in this case Donald Trump) once the primaries are over. On that day, many states simultaneously vote for the candidate they wish to oppose the incumbent president. However, these voting results are to be taken with a grain of salt, because mathematically, anything is still possible for candidates who do not come first.
It was on the initiative of Protagoras, a Think Tank attached to IHECS, that this conference was organized. Prestigious guests were brought together to talk about the communication strategies of each of the candidates in the Democratic primaries. Academics and specialists in political communication were invited to the debate.
The event was moderated by Nicolas Baygert, one of our professors. Nicolas Baygert is a lecturer in a course dedicated to Erasmus students and entitled “EU public communication”. He is also the head of the Think Tank Protagoras.
In the auditorium, about a hundred students but also external people came to attend this conference. The event was held entirely in English. We are getting used to it, many of our courses are also given in English.
The conference started at around nineteen o’clock, so the results were not yet announced. It was only during the night that we saw the victory of the centrist Joe Biden, followed closely by Bernie Sanders.
According to a hand poll, the crowd was more in favour of Bernie Sanders. Only one Donald Trump supporter had showed any interest in the Democratic primaries.
This event is not the only one of its kind at the IHECS. Regularly, outside of class hours, lectures and screenings are organized. The day before I attended a conference on youth movements against global warming.