Lynn debate to focus on foreign policy

Foreign policy is especially fitting for Lynn whose student population is 24% international
Lynn debate to focus on foreign policy Photo Courtesy Newman Architects, Copyright ©2011 Robert Benson Photography

Published Jul. 26, 2012

At the third and final presidential debate held in Lynn University's Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on Oct. 22, the candidates are scheduled to discuss foreign policy. 

According to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), who announced the four debate formats yesterday, Lynn’s 90-minute debate will begin at 9 p.m. and will consist of six 15-minute segments on topics selected by the moderator. The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question followed by a discussion on the topic facilitated by the moderator. The CPD will announce the moderator in August. 

Foreign policy is an especially fitting topic for Lynn whose student population is made up of nearly a quarter international students. These students will have a unique opportunity to capture a front-row seat to one of the largest events in American politics. 

“Global citizenship is at the heart of the Lynn experience,” said President Kevin M. Ross. “With students from 80 countries and 40 states, we have a 50-year heritage of internationalism. We look forward to welcoming the world to our campus and hosting a conversation on foreign policy with America’s next leader.” 

For five years, U.S. News and World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue has recognized Lynn as having the highest concentration of international students for Regional Universities in the South. In the latest September 2011 issue, Lynn advanced from the regional category to the national category. Despite the increased competition, Lynn ranked among the top four schools in the United States for percentage of international students. 

“I have been keeping my fingers crossed that we would get the foreign policy debate,” said Marcheta Wright, professor of international relations in Lynn’s College of Liberal Education. “In the fall I’m teaching a new class, Debates Go Global, in which my students and I will not only compare the candidates’ views on foreign policies, but we will also examine how the rest of the world perceives the United States' electoral process. Having the foreign policy debate on campus will benefit our students in and out of the classroom.” 

Read more about the CPD’s announcement of the 2012 presidential and vice-presidential debate formats at Lynn (Oct. 22) and the other universities, including the University of Denver (Oct. 3), Centre College (Oct. 11) and Hofstra University (Oct. 16) on debates.org.

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