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The three 2008 presidential debates had between 52.4 and 63.2 million television viewers each. 

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Welcome to the "Debate Insider" newsletter,  your behind-the-scenes guide to all things related to the third and final 2012 presidential debate hosted by Lynn University on October 22 in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.  

Insider FAQs


Q: How can I get tickets to the debate at Lynn?

A: Unfortunately, Lynn University will only receive a very limited number of debate tickets, and almost all of those will go to currently enrolled full-time undergraduate and graduate students.


The Commission on Presidential Debates controls the distribution of debate tickets, with the majority going to the candidates' respective parties.  Based on precedents, the hosting university's allotted tickets are primarily for students, since the main purpose of hosting a presidential debate is to enrich our students' college education and experience. 


Q: Since I cannot get a ticket, is there any other way I can be involved?

A: Yes! There are a number of ways that members of our community can be involved with the presidential debate at Lynn University:


     *Volunteer - Hosting an event of this magnitude requires quite a bit of help, and we are looking for members of the community to partner with the university.  If you are interested in volunteering for the debate, please visit the volunteer section of the Lynn debate website and enter your contact information.  Once the volunteer application form is available, you will receive an e-mail with further instructions.


     *Community Events - Leading up to the debate, there will be a number of debate-related events on our campus and in the community that will be open to the public.   Be sure to continue to check the "Upcoming Events" section of this newsletter, as well as the activities section of Lynn's debate website.


     *Become a Debate Donor or Sponsor - Lynn is still looking for debate sponsors and donors, which we look forward to featuring in upcoming editions of the Debate Insider.  For more information on these opportunities, please contact Barbara Cambia, Director of Corporate Relationships (561-237-7360).

Debate-related courses announced 


Lynn University has announced a large number of debate-specific courses for the 2012 fall semester.  These courses were specifically developed to use the debate as a springboard for learning. 


All of the classes fuse issues related to the presidential debates and American politics with Lynn's innovative and nationally praised core curriculum, the Dialogues of Learning.


Courses include:

  • The Politics of Religion
  • Rude Democracy - Words, Sticks and Stones
  • Why Women Should Vote
  • Bush v. Gore: The 2000 Election Fiasco
  • Securing the President
  • Campaigns in the 21st Century
  • Is Your Health Care System Sick?


See the WPEC-TV CBS12 story on Lynn's debate classes here or learn more about these classes and others on Lynn's debate website. 

In Case You Missed It



The Commission on Presidential Debates came to Lynn for a technical visit on March 21 in preparation of the third and final 2012 presidential debate to be held in the university's Wold Performing Arts Center on October 22.




Four news panelists from WPTV NewsChannel 5 talked to Lynn students about covering presidential campaigns and debates on March 22.  Read more about this event and others on Lynn's official debate site.  





The newly formed Lynn Speech and Debate Team held their first student presidential debate on March 22, where eight students addressed on- and off-campus issues.  Learn more about their upcoming events by joining their group on Facebook.

View our photos on flickr





Two local political journalists, George Bennett of the Palm Beach Post and Tony Man of the Sun-Sentinel, visited Dr. Robert Watson's class on April 3 to speak to students about their plans for covering the 2012 election and the presidential debate at Lynn.

View our photos on flickr




Using a debate to educate

130 elementary school students from AD Henderson University School came to Lynn on April 4 for "The Road to the White House" event, where they visited several university departments to interactively learn about how the American political system works. 


The third and fourth grade students also held a debate on which is better - a First Dog or First Cat - before voting by state to determine the winner.

View our photos on flickr


Upcoming Events


April 24, 2012 - Political Cartoonist

Chan Lowe, an award-winning political cartoonist for the Tribune Company, will discuss political satire, political cartoons, and his coverage of the presidential campaigns and debates in the Wold Performing Arts Center at 11:00 a.m.  His cartoons will also be on loan for exhibit on the Lynn campus prior to the debate.


This event is open to the public, and free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis here.


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