Gun­ston School to host panel on 2016 elec­tion

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — On Fri­day, Oct. 28, a dis­tin­guished panel will gather at Gun­ston for “Elect­ing the Pres­i­dent: A Con­ver­sa­tion,” a spe­cial elec­tion edi­tion of its an­nual In Cel­e­bra­tion of Books pro­gram, which will be­gin at 8 a.m. in the Field House. Head­mas­ter John Lewis, who teaches Amer­i­can Govern­ment, will mod­er­ate as guests weigh in on the history, pol­i­tics, de­mo­graph­ics and the­ater of pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in the United States.

Pan­elists will in­clude Adam Good­heart, di­rec­tor of the Starr Cen­ter for the Amer­i­can Ex­pe­ri­ence at Washington Col­lege and New York Times best­selling au­thor of “1861: The Civil War Awak­en­ing”; Dr. Melissa Deck­man, chair­man of Washington Col­lege’s Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence Depart­ment and a spe­cial­ist on women in pol­i­tics and au­thor of the re­cently pub­lished “Tea Party Women: Mama Griz­zlies, Grass­roots Lead­ers, and the Chang­ing Face of the Amer­i­can Right”; po­lit­i­cal his­to­rian Dr. Matthew Dallek, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at Ge­orge Washington Univer­sity and au­thor of “De­fense­less Un­der the Night: The Roo­sevelt Years and the Ori­gins of Home­land Se­cu­rity”; and Dr. Michele Volan­sky, chair­man of the Depart­ment of Theatre and Dance at Washington Col­lege.

Volan­sky re­cently at­tended the cam­paign ral­lies and events of six pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates to re­search the dy­nam­ics of the can­di­dates’ in­ter­ac­tions with au­di­ences. Her ar­ti­cle, “All the World’s a Cam­paign,” was pub­lished in Amer­i­can Theatre mag­a­zine.

Af­ter the panel con­cludes at 9 a.m., stu­dents will break out into smaller “Elec­tion 101 Sem­i­nars,” where they will have the op­por­tu­nity for fur­ther con­ver­sa­tion with the pan­elists in a town hall for­mat. Other sem­i­nars will fo­cus on cam­paign ad­ver­tise­ments, polling and voter turnout, and the Elec­toral Col­lege and ger­ry­man­der­ing. The morn­ing pro­gram will con­clude with a pub­lic fo­rum-style de­bate by mem­bers of Gun­ston’s De­bate Club, who will be ad­dress­ing the fol­low­ing res­o­lu­tion: “Re­solved: On bal­ance, it is more im­por tant to vote for a can­di­date based on their pol­icy po­si­tions rather than their per­sonal con­duct.”

In the af­ter­noon, mem­bers of Gun­ston’s Model United Na­tions Club and De­bate Club will lead a va­ri­ety of teach-in ses­sions for stu­dents on a wide range of is­sues, in­clud­ing cli­mate change, trade pol­icy, im­mi­gra­tion, third party can­di­dates, and health­care, among oth­ers. The day’s pro­gram will con­clude with a mock elec­tion.

The morn­ing panel is free and open to the pub­lic. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Amanda Newell at anewell@gun­ston.org.

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