Media Advisory: Debate watch

On Oct. 3 from 8:30 to 11 p.m., 150 Wake Forest students will watch the Presidential debate in Annenberg Forum in Carswell Hall.

Students from five communication classes will meet to watch the debates as part of the University’s “Wake the Vote” initiative to promote public engagement and get students to the polls. Debate watchers will integrate instant polling and tracking activities to gather real-time feedback as they listen to the candidates.

The event is open to all students, faculty and staff.

The following Wake Forest experts in politics, debate and civic engagement will be available for commentary at the event.

Allan Louden, professor of communication
From presidential debates to political advertising, Louden has provided expert commentary and analysis for USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, Newsweek and a wide range of other media outlets.

Michael Pisapia, assistant professor of politics and international affairs

Pisapia can discuss immigration policy and debates about the Dream Act, the Obama administration’s record and Romney’s plans.

Alessandra Beasley Von Burg, assistant professor of communication

With expertise in citizenship, Von Burg can discuss the importance of young people deliberating on and participating in the upcoming election.

Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication

Von Burg studies public debates on science policy and can discuss public understanding of science efforts. He has taught courses on public speaking and argument.


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