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NKU to host live viewing, analysis of presidential debates


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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University’s George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium will host a series of interactive viewing events this fall for community members who want to not only watch, but also participate in, the presidential debates.

The “Digital Debate-In” events will turn NKU’s Digitorium and its theatre-style screen into a digital polling booth, where viewers can watch the debates and participate in live polling and analysis. Political and communication experts from NKU will also offer pre and post-analysis of the candidates’ performances.

“This presidential election has been unlike any other in recent memory – and perhaps never before have the presidential debates been so eagerly anticipated. We are excited to welcome community members to campus for a debate viewing experience also unlike any other,” said Dr. Steven Weiss, professor of argumentation at NKU and author of Making ArgumentsReason in Context.

The Digital Debate-In events are:

  • Monday, Sept. 26
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19

Doors will open at 7:15 p.m., and Weiss and other NKU faculty experts will deliver lectures prior to each event. The event will conclude at the conclusion of each debate. NKU faculty experts and students in Weiss’ “Presidential Debates” class will be available for media interviews.

The “Digital Debate-In” is an initiative of NKU’s Department of Communication and the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. The events are open to the public and free of charge. The Rieveschl Digitorium is located in NKU’s Griffin Hall, located on Kenton Drive. Parking is available in the Kenton Drive Garage.