Upcoming presidential debate
October 2, 2007
One of the most important missions of the University of Michigan-Dearborn is to foster an environment that supports the free and open exchange of opinions and information about the most important issues facing our region, our state, the nation and the world. It is in that spirit that we are pleased to be able to sponsor the debate among Republican presidential candidates that is coming to Dearborn on Oct. 9. Other sponsors include the City of Dearborn, CNBC and The Wall Street Journal.
The debate will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, and many of our students will be gaining valuable experience as volunteers at that site. In addition, we are planning a rich variety of educational opportunities connected to the debate in the University Center the same day. Candidates or their representatives, along with reporters and other media personalities, will be invited to meet with groups of students in Kochoff Hall before the debate. Faculty members in political science and other disciplines are planning a panel discussion beginning at 2:30 p.m. And Kochoff Hall will be the site of a “watch party” while the debate is under way, featuring a live broadcast of the event.
WWJ-AM is planning to set up a studio in the University Center and broadcast live from campus all day, and other media outlets will be likely to broadcast reactions from students and others who follow the debate at the “watch party.”
I want to thank the many students, faculty and staff members who are working to arrange these activities, and I want to encourage all members of our campus community to stop by the University Center on Oct. 9 to participate in one of the events that day.
For more information and ways to get involved please visit the Presidential debate web site http://www.umd.umich.edu/08debate.