Campus community invited to participate in DebateWatch 2012

The School of Communications is partnering with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Student Government Association to host four DebateWatch events for the Quinnipiac community.

DebateWatch is an educational program sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates that encourages groups to host debate viewing parties and discussions about the presidential campaign.

Here is the schedule:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, first presidential debate (domestic policy), York Hill Dining Hall
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, vice presidential debate, Carl Hansen Student Center Piazza
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, second presidential debate (town hall), Carl Hansen Student Center Piazza
  • Monday, Oct. 22, third presidential debate (foreign policy), York Hill Dining Hall

All of the events run from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Brief informational programs will be held prior to the three presidential debates.

On Oct. 3, Scott McLean, professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences, and members of SGA will talk about voter registration and the role of presidential debates in elections.

Lisa Burns, professor of communications, and Paul Friedman, the School of Communications’ journalist-in-residence, will discuss the town hall debate format on Oct. 16.

Before the final presidential debate, Sean Duffy, associate professor of political science, and his students will discuss foreign policy issues in the 2012 campaign.

Following the second and third presidential debates, students from Burns’ political communication class will break audience members into small groups to discuss their reactions to the debates.

Her students have also been promoting the DebateWatch events to classes and student organizations on campus.

Quinnipiac has served as an official voter education partner of the Commission on Presidential Debates since 2004.

This is the first time that the university has hosted DebateWatch events for all four debates.

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