An Epic Day in Brexit-Era London, Part 2

After grabbing a quick bite at Methodist Central Hall, we headed to Europe House to meet the European Commission’s Education team in the UK: the indomitable Sam Evans and new staffer Jav! Anyone who could break through the jet-lag and post-prandial sleepies is a total super star – and these two are! Former speechwriter for Plaid Cymru (Welsh Natl Party), Sam has been heading up the European Commission’s Involver education initiative in the UK – the only country where the EU has an educational outreach team. What does that tell us, I wonder?

We leaned SO much – but perhaps one of the things I’ll remember most is taking a quiz that Sam also gave to MPs right after Brexit, about the EU and the UK’s relationship with it. Out of 19 questions, they got an average of — wait for it – SEVEN questions right. Several of the students today got 10 or more right!

Games and quizzes aside, Sam and Jav were two of the most knowledgeable and dynamic presenters I’ve EVER met – and it was a bit odd to be visiting Europe house when their positions are getting ready to be eliminated, come the finalization of Brexit.

 

 

 

About Bethany Barratt

Dr. Barratt earned her PhD from the University of California in 2002, and her BA in Political Science/History from Duke University in 1994. She is Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, which joins forces with community partners in Chicago and cities abroad to draw and apply comparative lessons to make measurable gains in respect for human rights in urban settings. Professor Barratt has conducted archival and field research in Yellowstone National Park, Central Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. She is author or editor of several books including “Human Rights and Foreign Aid” (Routledge, 2007), "The Politics of Harry Potter" (Palgrave McMillan, 2012), and coeditor o "Public Opinion and War: Lessons from Iraq" (Potomac, 2012). She has also authored articles on environmental politics and justice, conservation policy, human rights, foreign aid, US, British, Canadian, and Australian foreign policy, and counterterrorism, in Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and edited volumes from Ashgate and Lexington Books. Besides her teaching experience at Roosevelt and the University of California, she has also taught in a number of jails and prisons. She is an officer or member of several scholarly associations including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.
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