‘Beyond wins & losses: citizen’s guide to 2012 presidential debates’

Monday, October 1, 2012

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million Americans will watch them, thousands of journalists will cover them, and hundreds of pundits will tell us what to think about them. An interactive discussion at the Newseum on Oct. 1, a public program of the National Communication Association in partnership with the First Amendment Center, will go beyond the wins and losses, beyond the snap judgments and easy answers, and offer a citizen’s guide for watching and processing the hours of debating coming up in October.

When & where
Interactive discussion at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Knight Television Studio, 6th Street entrance (6th & Pennsylvania)
Monday, Oct. 1
Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; program begins promptly at 1 p.m.
RSVP: ariskind@natcom.org


Event moderator: John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center
A former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Seigenthaler served for 43 years as an award-winning journalist for The Tennessean of Nashville. In 1982 he became the founding editorial director of USA Today, serving in that position until retiring from newspapers in 1991.

Event panelists

Annie Groer, journalist
A Washington Post contributor, and a D.C.-based political reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, Groer has also written for The New York Times, Town & Country, More and Washingtonian magazines. She was a panelist in the first 1988 presidential debate between George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis.

J. Michael Hogan, Ph.D., liberal-arts research professor of communication arts & sciences at Pennsylvania State University, where he is also the director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation. Hogan is the author or editor of six books and numerous articles on issues related to rhetoric, debate, and democratic deliberation.

Charlton McIlwain, Ph.D., associate professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University. He is the co-author of Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity.

Kathryn Olson, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is also the director of the Rhetorical Leadership Program. She is a co-author of the forthcoming book, Making the Case: Advocacy and Judgment in Public Argument.

Sander Vanocur, journalist
A veteran of more than 40 years in print, radio and television journalism, Vanocur is the only surviving participant of the first televised presidential debate, held in 1960.

The National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry.


To cover this event and/or to schedule an interview with a panelist, please contact Arlyn G. Riskind at ariskind@natcom.org or 202/534-1104.

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