Media Advisory: Debate Watch: Post-Debate discussion to tackle tough issues

On Oct. 17 from 6 to 7:15 p.m., in Greene Hall, Room 162 on the Wake Forest campus, College Democrats, College Republicans and the Political Science Honors Society will host a discussion of the policy topics discussed during the Oct. 16 presidential debate.

James Rex, the president of College Republicans will discuss the debate with Gerard Neely, co-president of the College Democrats. Two students, Emily Earle and James O’Connell, will moderate the panel. Moderators will ask panelists to comment on the overall strengths and weaknesses of each candidate and then specifically address policy topics discussed during the debate. Foreign policy, jobs, immigration and social issues are likely to be on the table.

The event is part of the University’s “Wake the Vote” initiative to promote public engagement and get students to the polls.

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

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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