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You’re Invited: UNLV Debate Watch Events

Students and the Las Vegas community will gather to watch live streams of the debates leading up to the final contest Oct. 19 at UNLV.

Campus News  |  Sep 22, 2016  |  By Keyonna Summers
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UNLV will host four community watch events for students and the general public to come together to witness history unfold during Election 2016’s presidential and vice-presidential debates.

Food, a live DJ, debate swag, and raffle prizes will add to the festive atmosphere of each free live stream event. The first three will be followed by panel discussions featuring UNLV experts answering questions that help attendees better understand the candidates’ viewpoints.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for each except the final debate event when doors will open at 5 p.m. Each debate is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. 

Sept. 26

Student Union Ballroom

Join UNLV as we watch the first presidential debate being held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Moderator: Fox 5 anchor Maria Silva. Panelists: Profs. Dan Lee (political science) and David Henry (communication studies).

Members of the UNLV Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum and members of Clark County School District debate teams will gather together for a “Debaters Watch the Debate” event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Carol C. Harter Complex Building.

The interactive event — in which over 100 college, middle and high school debate students and coaches will provide analytical commentary and prompt viewers to answer non-partisan questions using "clicker" apps on their mobile phones — is open only to the media.

Find additional details on the Greenspun College of Affairs website.

Oct. 4

Student Union Ballroom

Join UNLV as we watch the vice-presidential debate that is being held at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.

Moderator: UNLV debate team coach Jacob Thompson. Panelists: Ted Jelen (political science)

Oct. 9

Greenspun Hall Auditorium

Join UNLV as we watch the second presidential debate being held at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Moderator: UNLV debate team coach Jacob Thompson. Panelists: Political science professors Tiffiany Howard, Michael Green, and David Fott, and former UNLV debate team captain Michael Eisenstadt 

Oct. 19

Student Union Ballroom

Join UNLV as we watch a live stream of the third and final presidential debate at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. Doors open at 5. 

NOTE: Media wishing to cover the Oct.19 campus watch event must RSVP with your name, outlet and contact information to or (702) 895-3102.