Election Day is only three weeks away, but whether you voted early or remain undecided, Indiana University Northwest has plenty of political action happening on campus for you this week.
On Wednesday, the campus will host a viewing party for the final U.S. presidential debate of 2008 between Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. Political junkies, party partisans and anyone else interested in this year’s compelling election drama may join the IU Northwest community in the Moraine Student Center, located next to the Savannah Center just south of the main campus parking lot located at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The debate begins at 8 p.m. and will be shown on several large-screen televisions in the student center.
Pre- and post-debate discussions will help bring the issues into focus as members of the campus and the Northwest Indiana community engage in lively civic discourse. Light refreshments will be served. People of all political persuasions are invited to participate in this friendly civic event as this year’s contenders for the White House go head-to-head for the final time before Nov. 4.
The local discussion will continue the following evening, Thursday, Oct. 16, as the IU Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Alpha Gamma Phi chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society draw on the preceding debates for a moderated presidential forum, “What is at Stake in this Election?” Arguing the Democratic view will be IU Northwest Professor of Sociology Jack Bloom, Ph.D., and IU Northwest student Heather Walker. Arguing the Republican view will be Purdue University Calumet Professor of Political Science Maurice Eisenstein, Ph.D., and IU Northwest student Christopher Mercado. Topics will include the war in Iraq, healthcare, foreign policy, and the economy. Ms. Sandra Hall Smith of SPEA is the moderator for the event.
The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 105 C of the Library Conference Center, located on the IU Northwest campus just north of 35th Avenue. Light refreshments will be served. Parking will be available in the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway.
In this exciting and important election year, IU Northwest is pleased to bring these civic events to the Northwest Indiana community. The university encourages everyone who would like to exercise their voices as well as their votes in this election to visit campus this week and take part in this valuable civic discourse.