ESU sponsors presidential debate party

ESU sponsors presidential debate party
ESU sponsors presidential debate party
Emporia State University (ESU) has announced a watch party for the final presidential debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Faculty members Michael Smith and Christopher Loghry will provide expert analysis after the debate.

Smith, political science professor, and Loghry, ESU director of debate, teamed up for the second presidential debate on Oct. 9. The video of that analysis is available at Loghry explained rhetoric theory and how the candidates used the techniques during the debate. Smith offered information on "closing the deal" and the success or failure of each candidate. He also shared information and insight from past presidential debates.

The debate party is free and open to all. It includes refreshments. The analysis will be live streamed at, as well.

Smith teaches classes on state and local politics with a focus on connecting his teaching to the real world political scene. He also teaches about campaigns and elections, using his own experiences in working on several political campaigns, including Dr. Charles Wheeler's successful bid for the Missouri Senate in 2002.

Loghry helped coach the ESU debate team to the only dual national championship in 2013. Ryan Wash and Eli Smith took the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) and National Debate Tournament (NDT) championships. Loghry was assistant director of debate at the time.

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