K-State’s ICDD to Hold Economic Forum, DebateWatch Events

Kansas State University students and surrounding community members will have multiple opportunities this October to learn about the 2012 presidential election and current issues in a nonpartisan environment.

K-State's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) will hold three events in October about the presidential election and related issues. All three events are free of charge and open to the public. No registration is required.

DebateWatch events will be held October 3rd and October 22nd in the K-State Student Union Room 227 at 7:30 p.m. During the events, participants will watch the presidential debate, followed by a small-group discussion about the debate and the issues that were raised.

DebateWatch is a voter education program run by the Commission on Presidential Debates, concerned with bringing citizens together to discuss political issues.

A National Issues Forum (NIF) event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on October 9th in the Ecumenical Campus Ministry (ECM) Auditorium, located at 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 solution to current economic issues. The economic policy platforms of both presidential candidates will also be addressed.  Download the Issue Guide.

NIF is a “nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues,” according to the organization’s website.

All three events will be moderated by K-State faculty.

“We fundamentally believe that if we can improve the way that we talk about politics, we can improve the decisions about the important issues we face,” says David Procter, director of ICDD. “Our purpose in holding these events goes back to our mission of building community capacity.”