Experts on presidential debates to gather Tuesday at Wake Forest for public forum

Five leading experts on presidential debates from across the country will gather at Wake Forest University for a public forum on Oct. 10, the day before the Oct. 11 presidential debate at the university. Tamala Edwards, a reporter for Time magazine, will moderate the discussion.

The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum. The panelists will preview the Oct. 11 debate, discuss the place of debates in the political process and talk about historical trends in presidential debates.

Edwards covers politics, society and breaking news for Time magazine. She covered Bob Dole’s presidential campaign and is now covering Al Gore’s run for the presidency. A frequent guest on television talk shows including “Inside Politics” and “Washington Journal,” Edwards is also participating in MTV’s “Choose or Lose” broadcasts designed to inform young voters.

The following speakers will participate:

  • William Benoit, University of Missouri, co-author of “Candidates in Conflict: Persuasive Attack and Defense in the 1992 Presidential Debates.”
  • Diana Carlin, University of Kansas, co-author of “The 1992 Presidential Debates in Focus.”
  • Sidney Kraus, Cleveland State University, author of “Televised Presidential Debates and Public Policy.”
  • Michael Pfau, University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-author of “Televised Presidential Debate.”
  • Alan Schroeder, Northeastern University, author of “Presidential Debates: Forty Years of High Risk TV.”

The event is free and open to the public. Parking will not be available on campus, but a shuttle will provide transportation from a parking lot at the corner of Shorefair Drive and Deacon Boulevard (approximately 1.5 miles from campus). To reach the Shorefair Drive lot if you are traveling south past Wake Forest University on University Parkway, take a left on Reynolds Boulevard, turn right on Shorefair Drive, then turn left into the Shorefair lot. If you are traveling north on University Parkway, turn right on 27th street, then left on Shorefair Drive and right into the Shorefair parking lot. For information, call 336-758-5405.

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