November 2, 2018

What are the significance of election results? Visit Purdue’s Election Night Watch Party to find out

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Journalists, political scientists, historians and other Purdue University experts will add context and clarity Tuesday (Nov. 6) to 2018 midterm election results as polls close across Indiana and the United States.

Students, faculty, public officials and the greater community will engage during the Election Night Watch Party, beginning at 6 p.m. in Honors Hall in Honors College and Residences North, 1101 Third St., with free food, panel discussions and live election returns displayed on large TV screens.

A team of faculty, staff, and students from the Brian Lamb School of Communication will provide live coverage of the event, including interviews with Purdue students who have done a variety of election-related projects. Coverage will be broadcast on the Purdue Channel and to Comcast customers on channel five.

 The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature special guest speaker Steve Bell, a former ABC News anchor who has covered the assassination and funeral of Martin Luther King Jr., the Vietnam War and the campaign and shooting of Senator Robert Kennedy.

On Monday (Nov. 5), Bell also will take part in a meet and greet at 11:30 a.m. in the Krannert Drawing Room, located on first floor of the Krannert Building; and later an interview at 12:30 p.m. in the Krannert Auditorium, Krannert Building, Room 140.

The Election Night Watch Party is co-hosted by the Brian Lamb School of Communication, the Department of Political Science, Pi Sigma Alpha, Purdue Honors College, the Department of History, and the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement.

This is one of many events celebrating Purdue’s Sesquicentennial, 150 Years of Giant Leaps. This yearlong celebration is highlighting Purdue’s remarkable history of giant leaps, while focusing on what giant leaps Purdue can take to address the world’s problems.  

Writer: Joseph Paul, 765-494-9541,  

Source: Constance Doebele,

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