For more than a month, some 30 Winthrop Students have taken a crash course in political conventions, and Thursday they wrapped up nearly two weeks of intense, hands-on study of both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
All this week, the students were in Charlotte getting a hands-on look at what occurs behind the scenes at the DNC and how new ideas make their way to the respective parties’ platforms. Senior Political Science
Junior broadcast major Zoe Irizary of Lancaster tells WRHI this was her first political science class and it opened her eyes to different sides of the political spectrum.
Winthrop’s Political Science department chairwoman Karen Kedrowski was one of two professors leading the group throughout the week. She says that seeing her students engaged in the experience was worth the hot and wet weather, traffic and security lines.
She says the learning process doesn’t end with Thursday’s final bang of the gavel.
Later this fall, Kate Edwards, the daughter of former presidential candidate John Edwards will speak on what it’s like to be the daughter of a national-level politician.
Kedrowski said her students did have community credentials to watch President Obama’s acceptance speech live in person Thursday, but due to the change in venue Wednesday, many students held their own watch parties in Rock Hill.