From foreign policy to education policy, Wake Forest University will host “Election 2016: Debating the Issues,” a three-day series of forums featuring national and regional experts offering different perspectives on key election issues. Free and open to the public, the sessions will be held Oct. 25, 26, and 27.
“The purpose of the conference is to leave the audience better briefed on key issues now in debate in this election, and better informed about the various candidates’ policy positions on these issues,” said David Coates, professor of politics and international affairs and one of the organizers of the event.
Conservative and liberal voices are represented on panels moderated by Wake Forest professors. Speakers include members of the Council on Foreign Relations, immigration policy analysts from the Cato Institute and the Center for American Progress, a member of President Obama’s economic team, an economics columnist from the American Enterprise Institute, an education policy researcher, leading journalists covering North Carolina politics and a high school teacher.
Two 90-minute moderated panels ending with a question-and-answer session will be held each day beginning in the late afternoon. All sessions will be held in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center on the Wake Forest campus. The schedule is below. Additional details are posted on the conference website.
Foreign Policy and National Security
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Moderator: David Coates, politics professor at Wake Forest
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Moderators: Robert Whaples and Todd McFall, Wake Forest economics professors
Al Hunt: An Insider’s Perspective on American Politics Today
3 – 4 p.m.
Moderator: David Coates, politics professor and Rose O’Brien, politics and international affairs major
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Moderator: Hana Brown, Wake Forest sociology professor
Education Policy in North Carolina
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Moderators: Sara Dahill-Brown, Wake Forest politics professor; Alan Brown, Wake Forest education professor
Voting and Politics in North Carolina
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Moderator: Michael Pisapia, Wake Forest politics professor
Covering Elections – the Intersection of State-Wide Media and Politics
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Moderator: Allan Louden, chair of communication and professor of political communication
The event is co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Departments of Education, Communication, Politics and International Affairs, and Sociology as well as the American Ethnic Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies programs in conjunction with the Pro Humanitate Institute and Wake Forward.
This news release was updated to include information about “Al Hunt: An Insider’s Perspective on American Politics Today” on Oct. 26 from 3-4 p.m.