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Emory's Debate Watch 2012 argues for public participation

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"Debate Watch 2012," a series of Emory campus viewing parties for each of the presidential and vice presidential debates during this election season.   


Emory University's nationally ranked Barkley Forum debate team and a consortium of student groups will host. Members of the Barkley Forum coaching staff, who have vast experience as media commentators and advisors for political debates, will facilitate discussions before and after each debate. Audience members also will cast ballots for who they think performed best. And the public can follow via Twitter @atlantadebate.  


Wednesday, Oct. 3
8:30 p.m.,  before the first presidential debate on domestic policy is aired at 9 p.m.
Harland Cinema of the Dobbs University Center, 605 Asbury Circle
Additional event dates:   Oct. 11, Oct. 16, Oct. 22  


Organizers hope the events will increase public engagement with the political process. 

"We want to share our expertise to help voters cut through the standard media commentary that can overwhelm even the most engaged citizens. We want to empower them to judge with their own minds what they see and what they hear with their own eyes and ears,"  says Bill Newnam, associate executive director of the Barkley Forum.


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For interviews with Emory debate experts, contact Beverly Clark:, 404-712-8780. 

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