In 2000, Michelle Purdy, assistant professor of education in Arts & Sciences, was Student Union president. Here's a glimpse into her Debate Day experience.
As the eyes of the world turn to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Washington University in St. Louis will play a prominent role in the national political conversation when it hosts a presidential debate on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.
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Just how did Washington University get that first debate in 1992? From Washington magazine, here's a glimpse of how it came to be -- in just nine days.
What's it like to put on an event of this scope? Let's hear from the guy who, since 1992, has been behind-the-scenes in one way or another at every debate held on this campus.
“The Commission on Presidential Debates’ selection of Washington University is a reflection not only on our dynamic and engaged university community, but also on the importance of the St. Louis region, particularly at this moment in time."
— Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton