Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Apr 28 2008

CONTACT: Cory D. Williams, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
1-304-384-6041, cwilliams@concord.edu
www.concord.edu

“CU at the Polls”: Students to Host Forum on War in Iraq, Wednesday, April 30, 1 p.m.

Athens, W.Va. – The public is invited to attend “CU at the Polls,” a forum on the war in Iraq on Wednesday, April 30, 1 p.m., in the Alexander Fine Arts Center Main Theater. Students in Concord University’s civic engagement class (an upper-division senior-level class) will be hosting the event. The group’s mission is to bolster the number of informed Concord voters. The forum is part of the class’s general objective to study the decline in civic engagement in the United States and take action to restore it. The class includes Brenna Wickline from Nettie, Kourtney Short from Welch, Isabel Fay from Germany, Rudi Raynes from Buffalo, and Jeff Zutaut from Beckley. Dr. Cory Williams, assistant professor of communication arts, teaches the class.

Currently the war is fourth on the list of priorities for voters, according to an AP – Yahoo news poll. It falls behind the economy, gas prices, and health care. Panelists comprised of Concord faculty will give their input on this decline along with other statistics on the war. Additionally, they will discuss the positions of the current presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barack Obama. A video produced by Rudi Raynes, a Concord broadcasting student, will introduce the topic. During the last 10 minutes of the session, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Panelists participating in the forum include Dr. Joseph Manzione, professor of history; Dr. Sally Campbell, assistant professor of political science; and Dr. Bill O’Brian, director of the Concord Beckley Center. Each will provide their viewpoint on the U.S military involvement in the Middle East. Dr. Williams will serve as moderator.

Jeff Zutaut, a student organizer for the event, said, “This is a great opportunity to become better informed on such an important topic, especially in a campaign year. We hope to see everyone there!”

There is no charge for attendance.

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CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

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