September 22, 2016
Blinn College is inviting the public to join it for a series of non-partisan presidential and vice presidential debate watch parties taking place in the Bryan Campus Student Center.
Presidential debates are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26; Sunday, Oct. 9; and Wednesday, Oct. 19; and a vice presidential debate will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Each watch party is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., with the debate beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
“Blinn College takes great pride in providing opportunities to discuss and consider important issues in a respectful and constructive manner,” said Kathryn Kelly, Blinn Speech Professor. “The presidential debates provide an incredible opportunity to consider the political ideas and communications strategies utilized by the candidates.”
Each watch party will begin with a recorded interview with Dr. Tomeka Robinson, Forensics Program Director and Speech and Communications Professor at Hofstra University, regarding her responsibilities in hosting the first presidential debate on Sept. 26.
Each debate also will be preceded by a recording of Dr. Jennifer Mercieca’s TEDxBlinnCollege presentation in June arguing that current views of citizenship treat Americans as partisans, which prevents them from acting for the common good.
An Associate Professor for Texas A&M University’s Department of Communication, Mercieca is a historian of American political discourse, especially discourses about citizenship, democracy, and the presidency, and her scholarship combines American history with rhetorical and political theory in an effort to understand democratic practices.
The watch parties are hosted by Blinn’s Communication Studies Program, which offers courses in public speaking, interpersonal communication, business and professional speaking, voice and diction, interviewing, discussion and small group communication, argumentation and debate, and oral interpretation. The program focuses on modern, relevant communication practices taught by an engaged and contemporary faculty.