Showdown 2012: Pre-election Discussion on October 2

Yesterday we received an email about an upcoming campus event that I want to be sure your students know about.  The Institute for Public Engagement and Wake the Vote are hosting a forum on October 2nd and it looks very interesting.  Details from the email are below.

Election years are always so wonderful because they provide our students with some brilliant teachable moments about politics, civic engagement, local and national issues, and more.  Some of our students are actively working on campaigns, but at minimum we hope all students will be informed about the issues and the candidates they are voting for in November.

The other major benefit to this event is that it will give our students some exposure to our new Provost, Rogan Kersh, who is a 1986 graduate of Wake Forest and a remarkable academic and human being.  I have had the chance to see him lecture and he is riveting.  Your students should take this opportunity to attend and participate in civil discourse on October 2nd and get to meet Provost Kersh.

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Pro Humanitate and Active Citizenship – SHOWDOWN 2012 ONE MONTH AWAY Discussion led by Provost Rogan Kersh Kulynych Auditorium in Byrum Welcome Center Tuesday, October 2, 5:30 P.M.

As we head into the last month of Presidential campaign, there is increased interest by both Republicans and Democrats in engaging young voters. This is because young people between the ages of 18-29 years represent 21% of all eligible voters in the United States.  In the words of our Wake President Nathan Hatch, “Wake Forest is a deeply personal place, dedicated to community and face-to-face interaction.”

As part of this dedication, we invite all faculty, staff and students to participate in this discussion led by Provost Rogan Kersh, a nationally recognized expert on U.S. politics. Information on how to register and vote in the upcoming November elections will be available!

Red, white and blue cookies will be served!

And for those who are interested in the Voices of Our Time lecture last night with Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, the Winston-Salem Journal ran a story about it this morning.

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