Oct. 29 session on the critical issues in the upcoming election, including the economy, health care, the environment and education, will be broadcast live on Detroit Public Television

October 22, 2008

DEARBORN / Oct. 22, 2008---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will host a “town-hall meeting” on the issues facing Michigan in the presidential election at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Room 1500 in the Social Sciences Building. The discussion will be broadcast live on Detroit Public Television as part of DPTV’s collaboration with UM-Dearborn on an interactive multimedia project called MiVote.org.

The town-hall discussion will be moderated by Channel 4 news anchor Devin Scillian. The session is free and open to the public, but space will be limited. Those interested in attending should plan to be seated by 8 p.m.

“The program will feature UM-Dearborn students and experts from the faculty and community on the critical issues of interest to voters in the upcoming election, including the economy, health care, the environment and education,” according to Prof. Jonathan Smith, associate dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. “We are inviting the entire university community to join us for this unique and historic event.”

The core of the UM-Dearborn-Detroit Public Television collaboration is an interactive Web site at www.mivote.org that has “enabled students and others to upload videos explaining to the presidential candidates what they should know about Michigan and its citizens,” according to Dave Manney, DPTV’s director of program development.

Since the project began in early September, more than 300 videos have been uploaded by students all across the state, and the site has been visited by thousands of visitors from more than 40 states and dozens of foreign countries. Some of the videos are being broadcast on Detroit Public Television and other media outlets, and some of the students who produced them will participate in the town hall.

“This live discussion promises a great opportunity for serious discussion of the issues that are central to this presidential election and how they affect people in Michigan, especially our young people,” Smith said. “It also is a terrific chance to see how the world of live TV meets the realities of a political campaign.”

 
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