2008 Election Year Programming

For information about planning for election year programming and available funding opportunities, please click here.

Any campus groups planning to host a viewing of the debate on campus should contact Phyllis Jackson at (314) 935-6637 or phyllis.jackson@wustl.edu. She will coordinate with IS&T to be sure that a feed is available in all event locations.

Live! From Washington University
Want to be on national TV? Many opportunities will arise this week as the national media descends on the WUSTL campus. Students are encouraged to come out and be a part of live camera shots that will showcase WUSTL to the nation and the world. Show school spirit, make signs and greetings to the folks at home, or simply see the detail that is involved in the production of a national broadcast.

CBS' "The Early Show" with Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez will broadcast starting at 5:30 a.m. Oct. 2–3 from Holmes Lounge and then will move outside of Holmes Lounge from 7-8 a.m.

MSNBC will be broadcasting live from outside Graham Chapel throughout the day Oct. 2, starting with NBC News' Political Director Chuck Todd at 11 a.m. and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell at noon. "Hardball with Chris Matthews" will broadcast live from the MSNBC stage outside Graham Chapel from 4-5 p.m., 6-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-midnight.

Also on Oct. 2, the CNN Election Express Yourself Tour Bus will be parked on campus at the northeast courtyard of the Danforth University Center, and C-SPAN's Campaign 2008 Bus will be located outside the Mallinckrodt Student Center.

Student Voting
Shuttles will be available to area polling places on Nov. 4 for students who are registered to vote in the St. Louis area. Students who are registered to vote in other parts of Missouri or out of state can go to www.canivote.org to find information on absentee and early voting in their state.

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OCTOBER  
All month Artistic Installations related to the Election Year
Funding is available for students to create installations or artistic expressions with political or election themes. Email ascinstallationfellowship@gmail.com for details and to submit a formal proposal.
VP Debate Program Planning Committee and Art School Council
Oct. 1–17 History of the Office of the Vice President and Vice Presidency Debates Exhibit
Olin Library Lobby
Monday-Thursday, 7:30am - 2:00am*
Friday, 7:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am - 10:00pm*
Sunday, 10:00am - 2:00am*
* Washington University ID required after 9pm
Oct. 1 Young, Black and Ready to Vote
7 p.m., Location TBA
A nonpartisan panel discussion focusing on the importance of the young African American vote and making informed decisions on the candidates. Featuring: Kelli Goff, a social and political commentator, and Malcolm Glenn, a writer and political commentator. Contact: Tiffany Johnson, Association of Black Students, (313) 310-5399 or tajohnson10@gmail.com. More information
Association of Black Students, Campus Progress

The Power and Problems of the Vice Presidency Panel Discussion
7:30–9:30 p.m., Brown Hall Room 100
Three experts come together for a discussion: Joel Goldstein, Douglas Kriner, and Michael Nelson. (Reservations are required: http://wc.wustl.edu) More information
Weidenbaum Center Forum

Oct. 2
DEBATE
DAY
Vice Presidential Debate at Washington University
8 p.m., Athletic Complex
Televised Viewing Sites:
Graham Chapel, Danforth University Center,
Lab Sciences Auditorium, Whitaker Hall Auditorium, Ursa's

Visit the CNN Election Express Yourself Tour Bus and C-SPAN's Campaign 2008 Bus while they are on campus today!

CBS "The Early Show" Broadcast
5:30 a.m., Holmes Lounge (moving outside at 7:00 a.m.)
Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez. Students are encouraged to come out and be a part of live camera shots that will showcase WUSTL to the nation and the world. Show school spirit, make signs and greetings to the folks at home, or simply see the detail that is involved in the production of a national broadcast.

Debate Between Economic Advisers to McCain and Obama
9:00 a.m., Lee Auditorium of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park
Two of the presidential candidates' top economic advisors, Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the John McCain camp and Austan Dean Goolsbee of the Barack Obama camp, will square off in St. Louis for a spirited debate on the candidates' economic platforms. More information

MSNBC Broadcast
11:00 a.m., outside Graham Chapel
NBC News' Political Director Chuck Todd will begin the broadcast at 11 a.m. and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell will begin at noon. "Hardball with Chris Matthews" will broadcast live from the MSNBC stage from 4-5 p.m., 6-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-midnight. Students are encouraged to come out and be a part of live camera shots that will showcase WUSTL to the nation and the world. Show school spirit, make signs and greetings to the folks at home, or simply see the detail that is involved in the production of a national broadcast.

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
2:00–8:00 p.m., Bowles Plaza
More information

"Spinning the Presidency"
6:30–7:30 p.m., Edison Theatre
Panel remarks, video and other media presentations, and audience Q&A focused on the topic of how the political campaigns and the media craft and control the information we get on presidential candidates.
Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, Student Union, and the Gephardt Institute for Public Service

Vice Presidential Debate Viewing at the School of Law
6:30 p.m., Crowder Courtyard, Anheuser-Busch Hall
Pre-debate strategy and discussion featuring Charles Burson, chief of staff and legal counsel to Vice President Al Gore and Tom Schweich, Bush Administration ambassador for counternarcotics and justice reform in Afghanistan. Refreshments provided.
School of Law

Vice Presidential Debate Watch & Panel Discussion for the Community
7:30 p.m., 560 Music Center
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
Office of Governmental and Community Relations

Red vs. Blue Post-Debate Program
9:30 p.m., Graham Chapel. More information
Congress of the South 40 and Student Union

Oct. 3 CBS "The Early Show" Broadcast
5:30 a.m., Holmes Lounge (moving outside at 7:00 a.m.)
Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez. Students are encouraged to come out and be a part of live camera shots that will showcase WUSTL to the nation and the world. Show school spirit, make signs and greetings to the folks at home, or simply see the detail that is involved in the production of a national broadcast.
Oct. 6 Panel Discussion: Inside U.S. Politics
4–5:30 p.m., Danforth University Center Graduate Center 3rd Floor
Do you have questions about the U.S. presidential election? Do you want to know what will possibly change after the election, particularly international relations? Featuring moderator Leigh Greenhaw, senior lecturer in law. Panel: Jim Davis, professor emeritus of political science; Sunita Parikh, associate professor of political science; Andy Sobel, associate professor of political science. Everyone is welcome—U.S. or international graduate students. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Grace Lin at yinhsiu_lin@wulaw.wustl.edu.
International Graduate Students Association for Career Development and Networking
Oct. 7 Art the Vote Panel Discussion and Voter Registration
6 p.m., Steinberg Auditorium
Four artists discuss how art can energize, motivate and turn out voters in the upcoming election. For information on Art the Vote visit http://artthevote.com/about/; for information on the panel visit http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/Calendar/ or call (314) 935-9300.
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Oct. 13 Controversy N' Coffee
7:30–9:30 p.m., Location TBA
"The Role of the President" featuring Washington University faculty and administrators. Free coffee and dessert.
Controvesy N' Coffee
Oct. 23 Carl Bernstein: "Public Ethics: The Responsibilities of Elected Officials"
4 p.m., Graham Chapel
The famous investigative journalist will discuss the need for ethical governance and a free press to ensure it. More information.
Assembly Series
Oct. 24 Of Thee I Sing
8 p.m., Edison Theatre
Political satire delivered by Ira and George Gershwin. Tickets available by calling (314) 935-6543.
Performing Arts Department
Oct. 25 Of Thee I Sing
8 p.m., Edison Theatre
Political satire delivered by Ira and George Gershwin. Tickets available by calling (314) 935-6543.
Performing Arts Department
Oct. 26 Of Thee I Sing
2 p.m., Edison Theatre
Political satire delivered by Ira and George Gershwin. Tickets available by calling (314) 935-6543.
Performing Arts Department
Oct. 31 Of Thee I Sing
8 p.m., Edison Theatre
Political satire delivered by Ira and George Gershwin. Tickets available by calling (314) 935-6543.
Performing Arts Department
   
NOVEMBER  
Nov. 1 Of Thee I Sing
8 p.m., Edison Theatre
Political satire delivered by Ira and George Gershwin. Tickets available by calling (314) 935-6543.
Performing Arts Department
Nov. 2 Of Thee I Sing
2 p.m., Edison Theatre
Political satire delivered by Ira and George Gershwin. Tickets available by calling (314) 935-6543.
Performing Arts Department
Nov. 3 Controversy N' Coffee
7:30–9:30 p.m., Location TBA
"Education Policy" featuring Washington University faculty and administrators. Free coffee and dessert.
Controvesy N' Coffee
Nov. 4 Election Day
Shuttles available to area polling sites.
Student Union and Gephardt Institute for Public Service

Volunteer to be a poll worker and help others to fulfill their civic duty. Visit http://www.sos.mo.gov/pollworker/ to sign up. To determine your polling location, visit https://mcvr.mo.gov/PollingPlaceLookup/.

Nov. 12 University Blood Drive
All day, 13 locations throughout campus. More information.
Community Service Office
   
Past Events
AUGUST  
Aug. 21 Freshman Orientation Voter Registration Drive
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., South 40
Office of Orientation and Gephardt Institute for Public Service
Aug. 25 Graduate Student Voter Registration Drive
5–7 p.m., Graduate Center, 3rd Floor, Danforth University Center
Graduate Professional Council and Gephardt Institute for Public Service
Aug. 29 Dean's Lecture on Sustainability
9–10 a.m., Givens Hall 116
Utilizing Field Notes from a Catastrophe as a starting point, Bruce Lindsey, dean, College of Architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, will explore the topic of sustainability.
Freshman Reading Program
   
SEPTEMBER  
All month Artistic Installations related to the Election Year
Funding is available for students to create installations or artistic expressions with political or election themes. Email ascinstallationfellowship@gmail.com for details and to submit a formal proposal.
VP Debate Program Planning Committee and Art School Council

History of the Office of the Vice President and Vice Presidency Debates Exhibit
Olin Library Lobby
Monday-Thursday, 7:30am - 2:00am*
Friday, 7:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am - 10:00pm*
Sunday, 10:00am - 2:00am*
* Washington University ID required after 9pm

Sept. 8 Using Nuclear Power Panel Discussion
6–9 p.m., Danforth University Center Room 276
Join Hiroshima survivor Yoshiko Kajimoto and WUSTL professors Clare Palmer, Leila Sadat, Lori Watt and James Wertsch on this important topic.
International Areas and Studies and Heisei Japan Club
Sept. 10 Mo Rocca, "Making It Up as I Go Along: Satire in an Absurd World"
4 p.m., Graham Chapel
Enjoy the political satirist's take on this year's election. More information.
Assembly Series
Sept. 11 Take A Stand Rally
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Danforth University Center NE Courtyard
(Rain location: Umrath Lounge)
Join us to observe a moment of silence commemorating September 11, 2001, enjoy lunch, listen to speakers, and participate in advocacy activities. Student groups can apply for funding to create displays or set up tables to share their causes and opinions about social issues. Contact: dsalls@ymcastlouis.org for information. More information.
VP Debate Program Planning Committee
Sept. 15 "Make It Clear" Multimedia Competition (Oct. 1 Deadline)
You have five minutes alone with the next would-be U.S. president. Write, describe, express or otherwise show what would transpire. Cash prizes! Check details at Gephardt Institute for Public Service. Submit entries in any format to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. More information.
VP Debate Program Planning Committee and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sept. 16 University Blood Drive
All day, 13 locations throughout campus. Click here to make a reservation. More information.
Community Service Office

Constitution Day Trivia Challenge: SLU vs. WUSTL
6–9 p.m., Danforth University Center Rooms 233 & 234
Test your knowledge of the Constitution and enjoy refreshments.
College Democrats, School of Law and Gephardt Institute for Public Service

Sept. 17 Elizabeth Kolbert, "Field Notes from a Catastrophe"
4 p.m., Graham Chapel
Kolbert's book on global climate change is the freshman reading selection. More information.
Assembly Series and Freshman Reading Program
Sept. 18 Voter Registration/Change of Address Drive
Mallinckrodt Main Floor
9:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Danforth University Center Commons
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wohl Center
5 – 8 p.m.
Art/Architecture Café
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ursa's Stageside
6 – 9 p.m.
Village Café
5 – 8 p.m.
Farrell Learning and Teaching Center
(Medical School)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
George Warren Brown School of
Social Work Commons
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Law School Café
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Olin Business School Main Entrance
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Campus Y
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
More information

WU Votes Committee of Gephardt Institute for Public Service

Meet the Leaders: The Role of Women in the Political Process
4:00-5:30 p.m., Danforth University Center Formal Lounge
Featuring Vivian Eveloff (Executive Director, Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at the University of Missouri), St Louis, Bunny Burson (Founder of Art the Vote), and Denise Lieberman (Voter Protection Coordinator for Missouri)
The Women's Club of Washington University

Sept. 22 Panel Presentation: Why Vote?
6–7 p.m., Lab Sciences 300
Featuring MO State Senators Jeff Smith (D) and Scott Rupp (R), Professor Denise Lieberman, and former Rock the Vote President Jehmu Greene.
College Democrats with co-sponsors College Republicans, Congress of the South 40, Gephardt Institute for Public Service

Controversy N' Coffee
7:30–9:30 p.m., Danforth University Center Room 275
"The Motivation that Caused the Green Generation" featuring Washington University faculty and administrators. Free coffee and dessert.
Controvesy N' Coffee

Sept. 23 Public Service Fair
3–5 p.m., Danforth University Center Commons
Meet with nonprofit organizations working for social change in a variety of areas. Learn how you can give back to the St. Louis community through long and short-term volunteer opportunities as well as internships. Related events will be held throughout the day. More information
Community Service Office and Gephardt Institute for Public Service
Sept. 24 Professor Steven Fazzari, "The U.S. Economy in the Consumer Age"
4 p.m., Women's Building Formal Lounge
The history behind the present economic slowdown and how it will affect us.More information.
Assembly Series

Why Should I Care Who the Vice President Is?
7 p.m., Women's Building Formal Lounge
Let VP expert Joel Goldstein answer your questions and enjoy refreshments.
VP Debate Program Planning Committee

Sept. 28 Tours of the Debate Venue
12–6 p.m., Athletic Complex
Individuals and school groups are invited to take the tour. Groups should contact Terri Brennan in advance at (314) 935-5040 to schedule a time. Please note that cameras and camera phones will not be allowed inside the debate venue.
Sept. 29 Tours of the Debate Venue
10 a.m.–6 p.m., Athletic Complex
Individuals and school groups are invited to take the tour. Groups should contact Terri Brennan in advance at (314) 935-5040 to schedule a time. Please note that cameras and camera phones will not be allowed inside the debate venue.

The Mathematics of Voting
5:15 p.m., Cupples I Room 199
In many elections, the choice of voting system determines the outcome. Math Club hosts a discussion on the mathematics of voting and how to ensure your candidate is democratically elected. Discussion led by Professor John McCarthy. Free pizza will follow the talk. For all students—not just math majors!
Math Club

Tours of the Debate Venue
Washington University will again offer public tours of the vice presidential debate venue. Tours will be given on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 12–6 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tours begin at the main entrance of the Athletic Complex.

Individuals and school groups are invited to take the tour. Groups should contact Terri Brennan in advance at (314) 935-5040 to schedule a time. Please note that cameras and camera phones will not be allowed inside the debate venue.