Daily Archives: September 6, 2012

Speakers’ Corner

An update from Amie at the Democratic National Convention:  Who would've known that downtown Charlotte would temporarily turn into Speakers' Corner? Protests show the power of freedom of speech, as I have witnessed them on an SMU study abroad trip to London, as well as this week at the Democratic National Convention. Free speech, in the form of protests that emphasize debate and discussion, are much more prevalent in the United Kingdom than in the United States. Areas such as Hyde Park in London are solely dedicated to the showcasing of all interests, and debate is welcomed and expected. From women protesting the bank bailouts dressed in pink satin boas and carrying champagne flutes to adolescents passing out brochures on [...]

2012-09-06T18:42:48+00:00 September 6th, 2012|Communication Studies, National Conventions 2012|

Security at the convention

An update from Amie at the Democratic National Convention: Working at the Democratic National Convention that includes the President, Vice President, First Lady and countless Congressmen and women has given me many jaw-dropping experiences, especially with security. Our credentials On our first day, the security perimeter was already in existence, and the Secret Service conducted a security sweep of the arena that lasted over twelve hours and forced the relocation of many pre-Convention operations. Snipers have been spotted, motorcades are frequent, and it is the norm to see Secret Service agents with their distinct lapel pins on their left suit collar. Our credentials, which include passes on our lanyards to grant us access to multiple areas throughout the [...]

2012-09-06T18:36:50+00:00 September 6th, 2012|Communication Studies, National Conventions 2012|

The power of The Shirt

An update from Devin at the Democratic National Convention: Being a runner for CNN has its benefits. Aside from the unparalleled learning experience and the incredible access I have to the political process, I also get to wear a navy blue T-shirt emblazoned with “CNN” on the front and “RUNNER” on the back in large white letters. There is certainly something to be said about the amount of amusement the shirt provides while out running messages for various CNN journalists.  Here are some experiences my fellow runners and I have had (with a touch of sarcasm) while sporting what will henceforth be dubbed “The Shirt:” During a protest march, a protestor pushed pamphlets in my face, looking to recruit a [...]

2012-09-06T18:28:15+00:00 September 6th, 2012|Communication Studies, National Conventions 2012|

Talking with history

An update from Lauren at the Democratic National Convention: A few nights ago, I was allowed the privilege to hear first lady Michelle Obama’s history-making convention speech. From where I stood in the CNN press box, I was able to clearly hear the powerful words she spoke about the value of family and hard work. As a young African-American woman, I was touched by how warmly she was received by the enthusiastic delegates who packed the arena. No matter one’s political beliefs, the strength and grace that emanated from her onstage was inspiring, and I felt so proud of her. As I watched, I couldn’t help but reflect on the road that led her to this point and how the [...]

2012-09-06T18:18:37+00:00 September 6th, 2012|Communication Studies, National Conventions 2012|

Face to face with genocide

My professor speaking at Neuengamme concentration camp This past weekend I spent time in Hamburg, Germany, with my Holocaust and Genocide class. In Hamburg we got to immerse ourselves in a little bit of Holocaust history by visiting the Bullenhuser Damm School as well as Neuengamme Concentration Camp. I can’t think of a better time to visit these places after just spending my summer learning about these sites in Dr. Halperin’s human rights class. It is one thing to sit in the classroom and hear the horrifying statistics of the number of individuals killed at these sites, but to touch the buildings and have a moment to reflect brings the issue even closer than I could have ever [...]

2012-09-07T17:04:20+00:00 September 6th, 2012|Roza, Copenhagen|