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Professors designed and taught related courses. Allan Louden (Communica-
tion) offered Great Teachers: Presidential Debates; Kathy Smith (Political Science),
Topics in Public Policy: Debates and Campaigns; and David G. Brown (Economics/
ICCEL), a first-year seminar titled Ways of Thinking about Presidential Campaigns.
In the days leading up to the debate, the Political Science department organized a
conference on Debatable Issues in the Presidential Campaign, featuring twelve panel
discussions (October 3–6), and the School of Law hosted a Presidential Election Sym-
posium from October 6–8. Both programs featured outstanding outside speakers and
In addition, the University hosted an interactive online educational project.
More than 2,200 high school students in Advanced Placement U.S. History and Gov-
ernment classes at more than seventy high schools nationwide participated for nine
weeks in Linking Debatable Issues: The Wake Forest Advanced Placement Electoral
Project. In other electronic initiatives, Wake Forest students encouraged debate and
voting through partnerships with Opinioneering Corporation and SpeakOut.com.
A panel of students developed and led real-time online discussions on important top-
ics related to the presidential election.
On the day of the debate, at a party in a tent outside of Davis Chapel, the candi-
dates met. Using an online registration system, the University selected seventy-five
undergraduates, fifteen graduate students, and ten faculty/staff as potential ticket
winners. In actually, the University had 220 tickets, and more than 150 undergradu-
On the night of the debate, moderated by Jim Lehrer of the MacNeil-Lehrer News
Hour on PBS, more than four hundred students, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered
President Hearn greets Al Gore on his arrival for the 2000 Presidential Debate