Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics


Why Debates Are Vital

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American Politics | Journalism Studies


Janet Brown, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates who was instrumental in bringing the first 2008 debate to the Ole Miss campus, is the featured guest in a discussion at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics about the merits of holding the high-stakes political confrontation. She talks about her experiences over the past 30 years as head of the non-partisan commission and her thoughts about the value of presidential debates in a discussion with Charles Overby, chairman of the center, Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie, who is teaching the Honors College class on presidential debates with Brown, and Tom Oliphant, a former political columnist for the Boston Globe. As journalists, Overby, Wilkie and Oliphant covered many of the debates after they became a regular practice in 1976.

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