Slavic and Eurasian Studies


A study in contrasts: elections and the political process in Russia and America

A workshop for Texas Educators

Mon, November 10, 2008 | University of Texas campus

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

In this politically-charged season the US presidential election is uppermost in everyone's mind. Voter registration and campaign fundraising are the highest in history and polls show that the election will be extremely close. In contrast, Russia's parliamentary elections in the winter and presidential election in the spring were considered a foregone conclusion. Despite the fact that Russia is considered a democracy, outside observers disputed Russia's claim of "free and fair" elections. How does Russia's electoral process differ from America's? Does a multi-party system allow for more political opportunities, or more voter confusion? And how might the continuing predominance of Vladimir Putin affect the relationship between our countries?

CREEES is offering a one-day workshop for secondary school educators. Teachers attend lectures by University professors and then explore ways to incorporate the ideas into curriculum materials for their own classroom use.

The workshop will be held on the University of Texas campus. Registration includes handouts, parking, lunch, and snacks. Please return the registration form by fax before October 27.
There is no charge to attend but spaces are limited.

Interested educators should contact:
Allegra Azulay, CREEES Outreach Coordinator,
at 512-471-7782 or

Sponsored by: CREEES

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