Media Advisory: Debate watch

On Oct. 22 from 8:30 to 11 p.m., Wake Forest students will watch the presidential debate on campus in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum at the same time a group of Wake Forest alumni will be “debate watching” in Washington, D.C.

The two groups, in their respective cities, will capitalize on instant technology — using audience response “clickers” to answer real-time polling questions as they listen to the candidates. Polling results for students in Annenberg Forum will be projected to the audience during the debate. Both groups will tweet poll results using #DeacsDebate. Tweets will be projected in Carswell Hall so students will know alumni polling responses.

The Washington, D.C., Alumni Club will meet at Hill Country BBQ at 410 7th Street NW. Wake Forest communication professor and debate expert Allan Louden, will join the debate watchers. Louden has provided expert commentary and analysis for USA Today, MSNBC, Newsweek and other major media outlets.  He will be available for comment during the D.C. event.

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

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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