Panel to debate key presidential election issues Sept. 26

WHAT: “Educate the Vote: Presidential Election 2016” will feature live academic debate among prominent political scientists and policy experts

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca

MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Media members must RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-254-4799 or by Friday, Sept. 23.

ITHACA, N.Y. – Immediately preceding the first presidential election debate Sept. 26, a Cornell event, “Educate the Vote: Presidential Election 2016,” at 7:30 p.m. in Bailey Hall will feature a live academic debate among prominent political scientists and policy experts on two key domestic policy issues, immigration and incarceration, followed by questions from the audience.

The audience can then watch the presidential debate at 9 p.m. live on a big screen in Bailey. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and will be available starting Sept. 12 at Willard Straight Hall, Robert Purcell Community Center and the Ithaca Visitors Bureau. Doors to Bailey Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. The academic panel will be livestreamed on CornellCast.

Gretchen Ritter ’83, the Harold Tanner Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will moderate panelists across the ideological spectrum to engage students and the Cornell community on major issues facing the candidates.

The debaters include:

  • Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on civic participation, immigration policy and the politics of race, ethnicity and immigration in the United States. He is the author of several books including, most recently, “The New Immigration Federalism,” and is founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.
  • Vesla Mae Weaver, associate professor of African-American studies and political science at Yale University, is founding director of Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies Center for the Study of Inequality. She studies racial inequality in the United States, how state policies shape citizenship, and the political causes and consequences of the growth of the criminal justice system in the U.S. She is the author of “Frontlash: Civil Rights, the Carceral State, and the Transformation of American Politics.”
  • Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute Policy fellow. He is a columnist for Slate, a contributing editor at National Affairs, a member of the board of New America and an adviser to the Energy Innovation Reform Project and the Niskanen Center.
  • Marc A. Levin is director of the Center for Effective Justice at the think tank Texas Public Policy Foundation and policy director of its Right on Crime initiative, a national clearinghouse for conservative criminal justice reforms that Levin developed in 2010. Levin led the drafting of the Right on Crime Statement of Principles in 2010, which has been signed by Newt Gingrich, Jeb Bush, Ed Meese and Grover Norquist.

Daryl Lovell
office: 607-254-4799
cell: 607-592-3925

Cornell University has television, ISDN and dedicated Skype/Google+ Hangout studios available for media interviews. For more on this event, see this Cornell Chronicle story.