Forensic & Debate Team to Host Political Panel Discussion Oct. 4

| September 26, 2012

The Webster University forensic and debate program is hosting a panel discussion entitled “Pointing Fingers, Calling Names, and Learning Lessons: How Has Political Discourse Shaped the Current Campaign Season?” Thursday, Oct. 4, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Moore Auditorium.

Disagreement and argument are inherent in any political campaign. However, participants in the political process, while advocating for issues, ideas, and candidates, choose the tone of their communication. This current campaign season, and arguably political decision making over the past few years, has brought attention to the notion of civility in communication.

The panel includes former Missouri Governor Bob Holden, founder and organizer of The Holden Forum and an adjunct professor at Webster; Bill Sharpe, adjunct professor and the teacher of a political campaign rhetoric course at Webster; Justin Raymundo, former SGA President and Webster alum; and Gary Jackson, president of the forensic and debate program.

These individuals bring with them unique perspectives as former candidates, national campaign workers, and students with academic and co-curricular background in politics, community organizing, and persuasive communication who, as young voters, are directly impacted by the state of political discourse today.

The panel will include brief comments from each of the panelists, followed by questions and discussion prompted by the audience. The event is part of a national program, Young Yet Political, sponsored by Pi Kappa Delta, the nation’s oldest and largest honor society. The program urges other college campuses to sponsor similar advocacy events around this same theme on the same day.

Light refreshments will be provided. The public is invited to this free event. For more information, please contact Scott Jensen, director of Forensics and professor of Speech Communication Studies, at or 314-968-7439.

Other campuses participating in the Young Yet Political national program include Texas Christian University, North Dakota State University, Marietta College, Simpson College and Ottawa University, whose program is directed by Ryan Louis, a 2003 graduate of Webster’s School of Communication and former member of Webster’s forensic program.


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