Sources: David Procter, 785-532-6868, dprocter@k-state.edu;
and Myles Alexander, 785-532-7252, mylesk@k-state.edu
Hometown connection/news tip: Manhattan

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012

Presidential election 2012: Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy offers economic forum, debatewatch events

MANHATTAN -- The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University will sponsor three events in October about the presidential election and related issues. All are free and open to the public, with no registration required.

DebateWatch is a voter education program run by the Commission on Presidential Debates that brings citizens together to discuss political issues.

Kansas State University's DebateWatch events will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 22 in Room 227 at the K-State Student Union. At each event, participants will watch the presidential debate and then form small groups to discuss the debate and the issues raised.

A National Issues Forum will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Ecumenical Christian Ministries, or ECM, auditorium, 1021 Denison Avenue. The topic will be "Economic Security: How Should We Take Charge of Our Future?" Participants will engage in small group sessions aimed at constructing a mutually acceptable approach to current economic challenges. The economic policy platforms of both presidential candidates will also be addressed.

The National Issues Forum is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues.

All three events will be moderated by associates from the university's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy.