Presidential Debate Watch: Final event is Oct. 15, 2008

Election 2008

Presidential Debate Watch: Final event is Oct. 15, 2008

Vote buttonsSMU hosts its 4th and final debate watch event for the 3rd presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in O’Donnell Lecture and Recital Hall, Owen Arts Center.

Faculty experts will talk about what to expect beginning at 7 p.m., with live debate-watching to follow 8-9:30 p.m. SMU Forensics will sponsor a campus debate on the issues from 9:30-10:30 p.m. The evening will end with audience balloting on the results of the TV and campus debates.

The debate-watching events are part of an initiative by Meadows School of the Arts and its Division of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs to enhance SMU’s speech and debate programs.

SMU is part of the national DebateWatch 2008 program, a voter education initiative of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Attendance records will be provided to interested instructors. For more information, contact Director of Forensics Ben Voth.

Learn more about Presidential Debates at SMU
Visit SMU’s Election 2008 Experts site

October 13, 2008|Calendar Highlights, News|

Presidential Debate Watch: Round 2 Oct. 7

Vote buttonsSMU hosts its third debate watch event for the second presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in O’Donnell Lecture and Recital Hall, Owen Arts Center.

Faculty experts will talk about what to expect beginning at 7 p.m., with live debate-watching to follow 8-9:30 p.m. SMU Forensics will sponsor a campus debate on the issues from 9:30-10:30 p.m. The evening will end with audience balloting on the results of the TV and campus debates.

The debate-watching events are part of an initiative by Meadows School of the Arts and its Division of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs to enhance SMU’s speech and debate programs. The program will be repeated for the 4th presidential debate between McCain and Obama on Oct. 15.

SMU is part of the national DebateWatch 2008 program, a voter education initiative of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Attendance records will be provided to interested instructors. For more information, contact Director of Forensics Ben Voth.

Learn more about Presidential Debates at SMU
Visit SMU’s Election 2008 Experts site

October 7, 2008|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU hosts VP debate-watching event Oct. 2

(Originally published Sept. 30, 2008.)

Vote buttonsSMU will present an evening of events surrounding the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. The debate watch takes place 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in O’Donnell Lecture and Recital Hall, Owen Arts Center.

The event is part of an initiative by Meadows School of the Arts and its Division of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs to enhance SMU’s speech and debate programs.

Prior to the debate, beginning at 7 p.m., faculty experts will explain what to expect during the event. Live debate-watching takes place 8-9:30 p.m., followed by a campus debate on the issues sponsored by SMU Forensics from 9:30-10:30 p.m. The evening will end with audience balloting on the results of the TV and campus debates.

SMU is part of the national DebateWatch 2008 program, a voter education initiative of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The program will be repeated for the two remaining presidential debates between John McCain and Barack Obama on Oct. 7 and Oct. 15. Attendance records will be provided to interested instructors. For more information, contact Director of Forensics Ben Voth.

Learn more about Presidential Debates at SMU
Visit SMU’s Election 2008 Experts site

October 2, 2008|Calendar Highlights, News|

Gergen, Nunn discuss election-year issues in Tate Forum

The next U.S. president must make the most of common interests to restore leadership at home and abroad, two political veterans told students at SMU Sept. 16.

“We’ve got to get over this notion that you punish people by not talking to them. You’ve got to have dialogue,” said Sam Nunn, former U.S. Senator and chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Forces, at the Turner Construction/Wachovia Student Forum. Former White House adviser David Gergen questioned Nunn before an audience of SMU and local high school students in a preview of their Tate Distinguished Lecture, which also featured former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III.

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September 26, 2008|News|

Faculty in the News: Jan. 18, 2008

SMU faculty stayed busy over the holidays as they shared their expertise with the press and the public. Here’s a short summary of faculty media appearances during Winter Break:

Caroling on the SMU quadPeter Raad, Hart eCenter, was named one of the gaming industry’s “Top 25 People of 2007” by Next Generation Dec. 19, 2007.

Michael Hawn, Sacred Music, spoke on the declining tradition of Christmas caroling in USA Today Dec. 17, 2007.

Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, discussed interfaith understanding and his role as featured speaker in Temple Emanu-El’s annual adult education course with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 5, 2008.

Daniel Howard, Marketing, talked about how 2007 recalls have boosted demand for U.S.-made toys in The Oregonian Dec. 25, 2007.

Mike Davis, Finance, discussed Texas’ pursuit of energy diversity in The Killeen Daily Herald Dec. 31, 2007. He also spoke about the impact of the housing slump on real estate agents with the Dallas Business Journal Oct. 16, 2007

Debate tracking on CNNRita Kirk and Dan Schill, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, tracked Iowa debate viewers’ real-time responses during a Democratic presidential debate in a project undertaken with CNN. Kirk and Schill tracked viewer responses during a debate that took place Dec. 13, 2007.

Matthew Wilson and Cal Jillson, Political Science, talked about differences in state and national political polling with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 29, 2007. Jillson also discussed New Jersey’s vote to abolish the death penalty with Reuters Dec. 14, 2007.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, discussed what the U.S. Congress’ energy bill compromise means for North Texas pollution control with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2007.

Rick Halperin, History, discussed the phenomenon of European women befriending Texas death-row inmates with The Seattle Times Oct. 16, 2007. In addition, he coauthored an op-ed urging repeal of the death penalty that appeared in The Houston Chronicle Dec. 22, 2007.

January 18, 2008|Faculty in the News|
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