February 22, 2016  

Super Tuesday watch party to feature Mitch Daniels and PBS’s Alexander Heffner

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Super Tuesday watch party at Purdue on March 1 will feature live interviews and expert commentary throughout the night, including a Q&A with university President Mitch Daniels and Alexander Heffner from PBS's "The Open Mind."

The event, which is free and open to the public, is 6:30-9 p.m. in Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room G980D. The expert panels, speakers and interviews also will be live streamed at http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/sfadn.

"March 1 will be a decisive day in the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries, and we'll have it covered," says Josh Scacco, an assistant professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication. "Viewers can watch broadcasts of the results with fellow Boilermakers and hear live commentary from an expert panel. Students are key to this event, and producing this party will give them first-hand experience through following and reporting news on deadline, as well as supporting a live production that lasts nearly three hours."

Scacco, who specializes in political communication, will interview Heffner at 6:45 p.m., and then Daniels will join Heffner for a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Prior to "The Open Mind," Heffner was a special correspondent for PBS's "Need to Know," which chronicled the millennial vote in 2012. Daniels was elected Indiana governor in 2004 and served two terms. Heffner interviewed Daniels on the Sept. 15 The Open Mind about the link between college affordability and economic growth. The "Growing the Next Generation" interview is available online.

A faculty panel is at 7:30 p.m., and will feature Rosalee Clawson, professor and head of the Department of Political Science; Robert Browning, associate professor of political science and communication, and director of the C-SPAN Archives at Purdue; and James McCann, professor of political science.

Questions for the panelists can be tweeted @LambSchool or @PurdueHonors.

The event is sponsored by the Brian Lamb School of Communication, Department of Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha and the Honors College

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Josh Scacco, 765-496-0095, jscacco@purdue.edu 

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