Immigration: Push and Pull
Itzel Atzin Polo Mendieta comes to Centre from Mexico, where she works with the Institute for Social and Cultural Practice and Research. A 22-year-old organizer for Los Otros DREAMERS, a group of Mexican youth who were deported back to Mexico or who returned voluntarily, she will speak about “push and pull factors” contributing to immigration. The program highlights the fight of Mexican youth for educational rights and draws attention to how corporations profit from deportation. Young 113
We the People 2.0
We The People 2.0 is a student-led production that highlights underrepresented American experiences, historically and today. The production will portray what student organizers feel are the most pressing issues for the Centre community to discuss, particularly the experiences of people of color, differently abled people, and queer people. The production involves students from the Art House, Centre Q&A, and the Feminist Alliance reading or performing pieces—real stories of real people who have experienced real prejudice and resistance. Afterwards, there will be a “talk-back” for discussion and reflection. Weisiger Theatre.
Guest Lecture: Bay Buchanan
The Centre College Republicans are pleased to be hosting Bay Buchanan, former Treasurer of the United States under President Ronald Reagan! Brought to Centre with the help of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, Ms. Buchanan is well-versed on subjects ranging from immigration and abortion to Second Amendment rights and the role of women in politics. Ms. Buchanan, a prominent political commentator and a current advisor to the Romney campaign, is sure to offer a relevant, informative, and engaging lecture! Young 113
Debate Festival, sponsored by AARP · 12PM
Celebrate the spirit of the debate with friends and neighbors on Centre College’s festival lawn starting in the afternoon for this free event, sponsored by AARP! Festival attendees can watch the debate as it happens via a live televised broadcast on the lawn and celebrate Centre with performances by:
- Local family favorite The Danville Children’s Choir
- Centre’s very own Brass Ensemble
- Popular student/faculty group The Kentucky Ensemble
- Mercer County’s very own country pop duo Aly’An
- Kentucky cellist and singer/song-writer Ben Sollee
- Southern rock pioneers The Marshall Tucker Band
Full details , rules, and regulations can be found on the debate festival page.
Our Voice Our Future · 1PM
A live campus and virtual event hosted by Centre College, Connected Nation, Harvard’s Institute of Politics and GC3 for students and educators to discuss the important issues facing our nation. Sign-up today.
Vice Presidential Debate · 9PM EST
Trey Talks Politics
Trey Grayson, Director of the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and distinguished Kentucky politician, will discuss the changing political views and tendencies of the Millennial generation and encourage active engagement in the 2012 election. Ewen Meeting Room.
Presidential Debate Watch Party
Watch party for the first Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on Campus Center Lawn.
Centre Environmental Issues Debate
Centre Democrats and Centre Republicans will host and participate in a debate of their own. Responding to the Centre Environmental Issues Forum held September 25, this debate will focus on the environmental issues that Americans and global citizens face today. From the controversial Keystone Pipeline Project to the BP oil spill, environmental issues reach much further than one might think: they involve geopolitical relations, labor markets, ecological impacts, and many other topics. Thomas Becker (Public Relations Chair for the Centre College Republicans) and Nathan Shuler (Secretary for the Centre College Democrats) will represent their respective organizations and ideologies in what is promised to be a civil and lively discussion. Young 113.
David Brooks: Pre-Debate Convocation
David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times and commentator for PBS, will give the pre-Debate convocation in Weisiger Theatre.
Pizza & Politics: Domestic Policy & the 2012 Election
Faculty from the Government and International Studies programs are hosting an informal panel discussion on domestic policy and the 2012 presidential election. Come with your questions about recent issues and the election. Pizza available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Crounse 468
Environmental Issues Forum
The Centre Environmental Issues Forum will bring together environmental leaders, policy makers and citizens to discuss the importance of environmental issues for the upcoming elections. The forum will bring four of Kentucky’s most recognized environmental experts and leaders to Centre Collegeto discuss our state’s environmental challenges, the implications of these challenges for the nation as a whole, potential solutions, and strategies to ensure environmental issues make their way into candidate platforms at multiple scales. Panelists include Keith Mountain, glaciologist and chair of geosciences at the University of Louisville; Terry Cook, director of KY Nature Conservancy; Tom Fitzgerald, president of the Kentucky Resources Council; Justin Maxson, president of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED). John Roush, Centre College president, will serve as moderator. Young 113.
Free Speech and the Regulation of Campaign Finance
A debate on the question of whether campaign or issue advertising paid for by individuals or corporations is speech protected by the First Amendment. The question presents the fundamental tension between the values of free speech on the one hand and fairness of the electoral process on the other. Vahlkamp Theatre.
Joel Pett: "Drawing the Line: Cartooning an Absurd Political Universe"
Joel Pett, editorial cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize winner from the Lexington Herald Leader, will lead a discussion of political cartoons in Kentucky and US politics. The talk will illuminate the role political cartoons play in local and national politics with emphasis on Kentucky politics and the 2012 presidential election. The discussion will take place in Weisiger Theatre.
Pizza & Politics: Foreign Policy & the 2012 Election
Faculty from the Government and International Studies programs will host an informal panel discussion on foreign policy and the 2012 presidential election. Come with your questions about international issues and the election. Pizza available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Crounse 468
Centre College Opening Convocation featuring Harold Holzer, one of the nation’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln. The Abraham Lincoln statue, sculpted by Ed Hamilton, will be unveiled.