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9/24/2004 Linfield offers debate viewing, discussion

The Linfield College forensics program is offering an opportunity to view and discuss the upcoming presidential debates.

The debates scheduled on Sept. 30 and Oct. 13 can be viewed in the media room in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield. Both debates begin at 6 p.m. and are open to the public.

Following the debates, the broadcast will be turned off to avoid outside analysis and critiques and a discussion of the debate, moderated by Jackson Miller, professor of communication arts and director of forensics at Linfield, will be held.

"There is so much spin in presidential political ads," Miller said. "The debates provide one raw moment with the candidates where they are not reading off a teleprompter and they are thinking on their feet."

The program is part of DebateWatch, sponsored by the National Communication Association and Pi Kappa Delta, the Linfield forensics program. DebateWatch is designed to help increase public involvement in the upcoming election and improve awareness of the candidates and the issues they support.

The Linfield program is sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, as well as the Linfield Chapter of the Pi Kappa Delta forensics honorary. For more information, contact Miller at 503-883-2625.