This seminar for teachers critically assesses the eight-year- presidency of Barack Obama. 



The Presidency of Barack Obama: A Critical Assessment

Teacher Training / Fully booked


Eight years ago the candidacy of Barack Obama triggered a worldwide wave of enthusiasm, and his inauguration was accompanied with many high hopes for renewal, substantial reforms and the ‘healing’ of the many wounds that the culture wars of the 1990s and early 2000s had inflicted on the American nation. Most of these hopes have been shattered, which threatens to completely reverse the original enthusiasm projected onto Barack Obama, blinding us to the first African American president’s lasting achievements.


Reason enough to critically assess the presidency of Barack Obama, focusing on his foreign and domestic policies, his stand on environmental issues, and his position towards the rapid pluralization and individualization of U.S. society translating into debates about same-sex marriage, family values, ongoing racism, and American identity.



9:00 “Yes, We Can.” The Election of 2008 as a Watershed Moment

10:00 President Obama’s Domestic Policies

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 President Obama’s Foreign Policies

12:15 Coffee break

12:30 How Black a President was Barack Obama?

13:30 Final Discussion

14:00 End


Speaker: Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat, Professur für Amerikanistik, Universität Regensburg


Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations