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Dr. Melanie Blumberg

Posted on September 24, 2012

California University is keeping an eye on the presidential debates.

For the third time in its history, Cal U will participate in Debate Watch, a nationwide program held under the auspices of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Students, faculty, staff and members of the public will gather to view the televised debates between the major-party candidates for president and vice president of the United States.

When each debate ends, faculty and student facilitators at the Debate Watch site will lead an open discussion of the candidates, their performance and the issues they raised.

Cal U broke ground in 2004 by becoming the first university or community group to hold “watch parties” for all four debates. This year the University once again will hold Debate Watch events for all three presidential debates and the vice-presidential face-off.

The campus community is invited to attend these Debate Watch events, which are sponsored by the American Democracy Project at Cal U:

  • First Presidential Debate: 9 p.m. Oct. 3, with facilitators Dr. Patricia Milford, Kembia Munsanje and Cameron Cochran.
  • Vice-Presidential Debate: 9 p.m. Oct. 11, with facilitators Dr. Kelton Edmonds and Mario Coppola.
  • Second Presidential Debate: 9 p.m. Oct. 16, with facilitators Dr. Melanie Blumberg, LaMont Coleman, Joy Helsel and Camilla Cionni. 
  • Third Presidential Debate: 9 p.m. Oct. 22, with facilitators Dr. Gwendolyn Perry-Burney and Charles Gilliam-Brownlee. 

All Debate Watch events will be held in Room 110, Eberly Hall. Admission is free, and the public may attend. Discussions are held in the spirit of Cal U’s core values: integrity, civility and responsibility.

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