What Students Want to Know
October 18, 2012
Illustration by Hadi Farahani. Courtesy of Dickinson Magazine.
Dickinson will host a
panel discussion on key issues of the 2012 presidential election, as identified
by students and first-time voters. The event, titled The Election: What
Students Want to Know, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the
Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium. The event is free and open to
A panel comprised of Dickinson faculty will outline
positions held by President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney on four
key topics: health care and insurance; national security and foreign
policy; the economy and the fiscal cliff; and social issues. A
question-and-answer session will follow.
Panelists Douglas E. Edlin,
associate professor of political science, will discuss health care and
health insurance; Andrew T. Wolff, assistant professor of political
science and international studies, will detail the candidates' views on
national security and foreign policy; Michael J. Fratantuono, associate
professor of international studies, business and management, will discuss
the economy and the fiscal cliff; and Stephanie Gilmore, assistant
professor of women's & gender studies, will outline the candidates'
views on social issues. Student Senate President Andrew Chesley '13 will
moderate the discussion.
The event serves to educate young voters,
many of whom are first-time voters, about key issues, so they can make
informed decisions on Election Day. Dickinson students, including members
of the College Democrats and College Republicans, selected the
"I've heard from a number of students who are excited about
voting for the first time, but who feel they don't have all the
information they need to make the best decision on Nov. 6," says
Chesley. "This event will inform them about the issues at stake."
According to Instructor of Political Science Brandon Lenoir, who
studies voter mobilization, the event also promotes voting as a lifelong
habit. "The best predictor as to whether someone will vote in this
election is if they voted in the last election," says Lenoir. "This is
the first presidential election for students between the ages of 18 and
21, so they have not yet developed the habit of voting. If they vote
this year, it increases the probability that they will continue to
vote in the future."
The event is sponsored by The
Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and will be broadcast at a later date on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).