This year’s ND Forum will reflect on the upcoming election in the context of the presidential and vice presidential debates, including discussion of the place of debate in the democratic process as well as an analysis of past debates from the perspective of those involved in moderating and planning them. Campus debate watches and other events related to the election will be held in the weeks leading up to the election.
The first Forum event will feature a conversation among past debate moderators Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer, as well as Dorothy Ridings, former president of the League of Women Voters and, like Lehrer, a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates. Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., also a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates, will serve as convener.