Holden Forum Reports Record-Breaking Participation for 2012 Election Season

| November 12, 2012
Holden Public Policy Forum at Webster University

Last week’s election night party drew a record crowd of nearly 300 participants to the University Center.

Through the efforts of the Holden Public Policy Forum, Housing & Residential Life, Campus Activities, and Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs (MCISA), last week’s Election Night Party broke a record, hosting nearly 300 guests throughout the evening and into the early hours of the election results announcement.

In addition to watching the live coverage, guests had the opportunity to hear from statewide candidates and national political consultants on exit polls, including Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Republican national media consultant Steve Grand (Karl Rove campaign), and Paul Wilson (Paul Ryan Congressional campaigns).

Over the course of the semester, the Forum hosted a series of four self-produced, live-stream shows on campus aptly titled “The Electorate.” The shows featured local academics, political consultants, and media-types recapping the week’s activities, from focusing on policy implementation to candidate gaffes.

Three of Webster’s five schools had faculty representation in the programs (College of Arts and Sciences: Gwyneth Williams, Dan Hellinger; George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology: Jim Brasfield; School Of Communications: Gary Ford, Scott Jensen, Art Silverblatt).

Since “The Electorate” episodes were available for viewing in-person and online, many Webster faculty brought their classes to our one hour programs as part of their curriculum.

“I was delighted with this record student participation last week, and it was refreshing to see such a successful joint departmental effort,” remarked Forum director and former Missouri Gov. Bob Holden.

The Pizza & Politics program will resume in the spring semester.

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