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October 03, 2016 : Virtual Debate Watch Promotes Civic Engagement


Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington students, faculty, staff and members of the community engaged in a recent Virtual Debate Watch, the first of four such events scheduled to coincide with the nationally-televised Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates.

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Anyone can participate and join the online discussion by joining the Facebook public group: “OUL2016DEBATE” while viewing the live debates.


Linda M. Trautman, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at Ohio University Lancaster emphasized the importance of the event, “Civic engagement and political participation in the 2016 presidential election is absolutely critical given the high stakes and issues shaping this election cycle.  Key issues, such as the economy and job creation, trade, national security and international terrorism as well as immigration rank among some of the most important policy concerns for the 2016 presidential campaign.  Political decisions regarding these issues will profoundly affect the future of the United States.”

Following up on the successful first presidential virtual debate watch at Hofstra University is the Vice presidential debate scheduled for October 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia as well as the final two presidential debates on October 9 at Washington University and October 19 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.


Trautman encourages participation in these future virtual debate watches, “Promoting discourse, civic literacy, and awareness about politics and the 2016 presidential election are valuable to the maintenance of democratic thought and practice.  The debate watch is one such effort to encourage broad civic engagement and participation.”