ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan will host a presidential debate on October 15, 2020, the Presidential Debates Committee announced today.
The debate, which will take place at the university’s Crisler Center, will be the second in a series of three presidential debates next year ahead of the November elections.
“This is a great opportunity for the university community to contribute to our democracy, while setting an example of civic engagement and highlighting the exceptional academic strengths of our institution,” said the president of UM, Mark Schlissel. “Public service and civic engagement are at the heart of our great university and its history. “
Much of the debate will take place on the university’s athletics campus. The Crisler Center is home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the women’s gymnastics team. Educational and outreach activities will take place at facilities near the Crisler Center and in other parts of the Ann Arbor campus.
The university is the alma mater of former President Gerald R. Ford, whose legacy lives on at the Ford School of Public Policy, which helps lead UM’s debate initiative, and in its presidential library , which is on campus. Ford was honorary co-chair of the CPD.
UM has been the site of many significant events in US history, including President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society” speech and the Salk polio vaccine clinical trials. It was on the Michigan Union Steps that presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy delivered his 1960 speech announcing his vision for what would become the Peace Corps.
“For generations, the University of Michigan has led the way in advancing understanding of our nation’s most pressing issues – and next year our students, faculty and staff will have yet another opportunity to improve this. essential quality of our mission at the national level. ” Schlissel said.
The academic community can anticipate themes related to democracy, election and debate – from cybersecurity, to voting rights, to the sense of truth – to weave throughout the coming year, providing the opportunity to engage in the electoral process, through the program and co-educational experiences and various public events valued by being a place of debate.
The CPD announced in September that former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have agreed to become honorary co-presidents of the CPD.
Information on public events and media access will be announced in the coming months. Visit: Debate2020.umich.edu. Join the conversation on the debate at @ Debate2020UMich on Twitter and Instagram.
CPD is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and has sponsored all presidential and vice-presidential debates in general elections since 1988.
One of the nation’s top public universities, the University of Michigan has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for over 200 years. Undergraduate, graduate and professional student enrollment is over 46,000 with over 3,000 faculty members. The UM alumni corps is one of the largest in the world and includes a US president, scientists, actors, astronauts, and inventors. The main Ann Arbor campus has 19 schools and colleges; there are regional campuses in Dearborn and Flint and a nationally ranked health system, Michigan Medicine. In 2017, UM celebrated its bicentennial, marking its founding in the city of Detroit in 1817.
The Ford School is a leading public policy school dedicated to the public good. The school inspires and equips diverse service-based leaders, conducts transformational research, and collaborates in the development of evidence-based policies to address the most pressing challenges in our communities and our world. With its origins in the first public administration program established in 1914, the school was named in honor of former President Ford in 1999. The Ford School is ranked # 1 in Public Policy Analysis and No. 1 in social policy, according to US News and World Report.