election 2012

Students Examine Election, Next American Leader in Real Time

This semester, students at the University of Kentucky are learning about American leadership and democracy as it unfolds.

2012 Presidential Town Hall Debate: Students Analyze the Candidates' Performances

In the weeks and months leading up to the 2012 election, the University of Kentucky and the College of Arts and Sciences held events to help students become more engaged with the political process. One such event, as detailed in another article, was a collective viewing of the second of three Presidential debates this season.

Presented by the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Media and organized by Brandy Scalise, the event also featured a panel of faculty members who discussed the issues most pressing in this campaign and their intersection with student interests. Political science professor Stephen Voss discussed student loan debt with the debate viewing audience while history professors Paul Chamberlin and David Hamilton covered foreign policy and the broader economic issues of the campaign respectively.

Along with the debate viewing, the WRD Department also facilitated conversation groups for students the following night. WRD department faculty guided student conversations and encouraged them to thoughtfully engage one another on the various topics discussed by the candidates which included manufacturing, energy, and the wars in the middle east.

In this podcast, students react to the debate between President Obama and Governor Romney and discuss the ways in which both the debates and the campaigns affect them.

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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Following the Campaign Trail: Currents Fall 2012

Fall of 2012 was the perfect time to conduct a class about American electoral politics - so it was taken up as the topic for Currents, a class offered to incoming Freshmen. The course explores the 2012 election from a variety of academic perspectives - including, but not limited to, philosophy, economics, history, and, of course, political science. In this podcast, five Currents students shared their experiences with the class. 

The students interviewed are: Trevor McNary, a double major in International Studies and Economics with a minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies; Jonathan Burdick, a Chemistry major; Elisabeth Campbell, a double major in Russian and Political Science with a minor in Spanish; Kevin States, a double major in marketing & management; and Kyle Richardson, a Political Science major. 

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman.

 

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A&S Course Offers Lens into 2012 Election

The course, designed for first-year students, aims to facilitate high-level discussion in a nonpartisan manner and to explore how elections really work. The focus will span across historical data from past elections, such as voter demographics, important cultural issues such as religion, women's rights and civil rights, to the key challenges that the nation faces for the 2012 election.

The Politics of Spin: A&S Student Patrick O’Dowd at the VP Debate

The Presidential debates are over now but a couple of weeks ago University of Kentucky student Patrick O’Dowd had the chance to attend 2012’s one and only Vice Presidential debate. Held at Kentucky’s own Centre College in Danville, he was able to experience what many only get to see on television every four years.

O’Dowd began his undergraduate education as a political science major but is now about to graduate with a degree in English. The opportunity to attend the debate came after a summer spent interning for the local alt-weekly newspaper, Ace Weekly, where he spent his time both writing and running their website. O’Dowd’s press pass allowed him extensive access to the debate grounds and to those there representing both of the campaigns. In this podcast, he walks us through his experience and gives listeners a chance to look behind the red, white, and blue curtain of national American politics.

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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Watch and Learn: Viewing the Vice Presidential Debate with International Students

The Center for English as a Second Language organized a discussion and viewing of the 2012 Vice Presidential debate, which gave students an opportunity to practice conversation and express their political opinions. In this podcast, students share some political insight, comparisons to politics in their home countries, and reactions to the debate. View the photos from this event here.

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman

 

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#AskACat Twitter Chat Focuses on the Election

As voters begin to select their candidates, the University of Kentucky will present an #AskACat Twitter chat on the election. Individuals are encouraged to send their questions on the upcoming election as part of this live Twitter chat.

A&S Offers Student Events Surrounding Presidential Debate

In the 2008 election, young Americans voted in their largest numbers since the 1970s. With the 2012 election around the corner, the UK College of Arts and Sciences, with the support of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Media (WRD) will present several events for UK students to become more informed about the election, specifically surrounding the second presidential debate.

Presidential Debate Brings International and Local Students Together

A large university setting like the University of Kentucky can often present difficulties in facilitating one-on-one interaction between international students and local students; however this exchange is very important. It allows international students to enhance their cultural experiences and English proficiency, and it provides domestic students with global perspectives. The University of Kentucky Center for English as a Second Language Department (CESL) works to facilitate these interactions, most recently through a joint-viewing of the first presidential debate.

Faculty Panel to Explore Issues of Affordable Care Act

A panel of faculty members will address a growing debate in national health care policy on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in the White Hall Classroom Building, Room 114.

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