Election 2016: Debating the Issues

The purpose of the conference is to leave its audience better briefed on key issues now in debate in this election, and better informed about the various candidates’ policy positions on these issues. The sequence of sessions has been designed to move us from national to state-wide issues over time.

There will be six 90-minute sessions, two per evening, on the evenings of October 25, 26 and 27. Sessions will be held during the late afternoon and early evening – so timed to allow students to attend without clashing with most class times, and to facilitate attendance by members of the local community.

Each session will be held in the Pugh Auditorium in the Benson Center, with normally two speakers brought in from outside the University, with each session culminating in a Q&A.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of American Ethnic Studies, Education, Economics, Communication, Latin American & Latino Studies, Politics & International Affairs, and Sociology in conjunction with the Pro Humanitate Institute and Wake Forward (with supporting finance from the Office of the Provost).





Session 1: Foreign Policy and National Security
4:00 – 5:30

Session 2: Economic Policy
6:30 – 8:00


Al Hunt: An Insider’s Perspective on American Politics Today
3:00 – 4:00 Pugh Auditorium, Benson Center

Session 3: Immigration Politics
4:00 – 5:30

Session 4: Education Policy in North Carolina
6:30 – 8:00


Session 5: North Carolina Matters in the 2016 Election
5:00 – 6:30

Session 6: Covering Elections – The Intersection of State-Wide Media and Politics
7:00 – 8:30