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IU Northwest to host inauguration viewing party on Tuesday, Jan. 20

Discussion will precede and follow historic swearing-in of America’s first African-American president

The inauguration of the nation’s first African-American president is not the sort of once-in-a-lifetime event that any American should watch alone. At Indiana University Northwest on Tuesday, Jan. 20, students, faculty and staff will join together with members of the Northwest Indiana community to watch President-elect Barack Obama take the oath of office in the nation’s capital. Conversation about this momentous event will precede and follow the approximately two-hour inauguration program, with the festivities broadcast live from Washington D.C. on large-screen televisions in the Moraine Student Center.

Sponsored by the IU Northwest Departments of Minority Studies and Sociology, the inauguration viewing party is the latest in a series of political-themed events that have been held at IU Northwest starting in the fall election season. The campus held three debate viewing parties last October, all of which were well-attended, and students and faculty also gathered on Nov. 4, Election Day, to watch returns from the historic contest between Obama and GOP contender Sen. John McCain.

Tuesday’s event will begin officially at 10 a.m., but TVs in Moraine will go on at 8:30 a.m. to provide continuous coverage of the inaugural festivities. Associate Professor of Sociology Jack Bloom, Ph.D., will give brief opening remarks and will also moderate questions and discussion. Post-inaugural discussion may be moved to Savannah Auditorium, depending on turnout.

Students, university employees and community members are encouraged to drop by Moraine as their schedules allow to take part in this campus gathering on what promises to be one of the most memorable days in the history of America.

For more information on Tuesday’s inauguration viewing party, contact Associate Professor of Minority Studies Earl Jones, Ph.D., at (219) 980-6704, or email him at



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