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.

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