Secretary of State Grimes and KET’s Shaw to attend “Our Voice, Our Future” VP Debate event at Centre
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Renee Shaw of Kentucky Educational Television (KET) have joined the Global Center for Connected Campuses (GC3) as participants in the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate “Our Voice, Our Future” event. The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) and KET have signed on as promotional sponsors to reach educational networks and help grow the number of school participants in this online town hall.
The interactive event on Oct. 11 will be held at Centre College, host of this year’s only vice presidential debate, and will be online in classrooms and on campuses across the country. Over 100 school participants in more than fifteen states across the country have already signed up for the event and approximately 150 Kentucky high school and college students are expected to be part of the live audience at Centre College.
Since the announcement that Centre will be hosting the debate, members of the Centre community have been working to get as many people as possible politically involved. Grimes, who will be a panelist for “Our Voice, Our Future,” is leading an effort to promote youth civic engagement with classroom curriculum and information on voter registration.
“Kentucky is at its best when everyone is engaged,” says Grimes, “and having the vice presidential debate in Kentucky creates a unique opportunity to involve our young people in the election. The ‘Our Voice, Our Future’ event capitalizes on that opportunity by using technology to bring the democratic process straight into the classroom.”
KET’s Shaw will be the event’s moderator. A respected and award-winning journalist, Shaw is producer/managing editor and host of KET’s comprehensive legislative coverage, host of the series Connections and Health Three60, and co-host of KET’s election coverage. She was producer of KET’s longest-running public affairs program Comment on Kentucky for more than a decade. Shaw is sought after throughout Kentucky to moderate public-issue forums and to speak about diversity, media, political, and state legislative matters.
“It’s an honor to have this year’s only vice presidential debate in Kentucky, and KET is proud to provide ‘Our Voice, Our Future’ as part of our Election 2012 coverage,” says KET Executive Director Shae Hopkins. “Renee Shaw will bring her renowned knowledge and genuine enthusiasm for politics and policy. This collaboration will provide unique online resources for students to learn more about the important issues being discussed in this election.”
Previously, Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) signed up as promotion partner in the event, and IOP Director and former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson will be participating from Boston.
“The eyes of the world will be on Centre College on Oct. 11, and having a current and former Kentucky secretary of state, as well as an esteemed moderator like Renee Shaw, involved in ‘Our Voice, Our Future’ ensures that we are making the most of this historic opportunity to engage students,” said Connected Nation President and COO Tom Ferree.
Earlier this month, Centre College, in Danville, Ky., along with Connected Nation and 10/20 Digital announced the GC3 partnership, which aims to integrate technology in the liberal arts campus setting. The Our Voice. Our Future. event will be the first expression of the partnership by giving students access to powerful political thought leaders and a direct channel for communication among peers about the general election via online technology.