Gephardt Institute offers weekly panel discussions for election season

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 20, and running through the week of the national election, the Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis is offering a series of evening panel discussions on a wide range of political issues and topics. The discussions will be led by professors, administrators, community members and industry experts.

Called “Issues and Ideas: Election 2012,” the series will be held from 5-7 p.m. on the following dates and will take place in Danforth University Center, Room 276. Discussions are free and open to the public.

The election issues and dates are as follows:

  • Sept. 20: Media and Politics, co-sponsored by Washington University Political Review;
  • Sept. 27: Energy and the Environment, co-sponsored by ProSPER;
  • Oct. 1: Economy, led by WUSTL’s Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy;
  • Oct. 4: LGBT Rights, co-sponsored by Pride Alliance;
  • Oct. 15: Health Care;
  • Oct. 25: Foreign Policy and National Security; and
  • Nov. 1: Religion and Politics, led by the Campus Y Interbeliefs Council and co-sponsored by WUSTL’s Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.

“Washington University has a long history of civic engagement through community service, government and nonprofit collaboration, and active political and service-oriented student groups,” says Robin Hattori, assistant director of the Gephardt Institute.

“We encourage all on campus to continue this tradition and join us in the coming months as we prepare for the election on Nov. 6.”

Student groups and departments interested in co-sponsorship are welcome to contact

For updated information, visit the Gephardt Center’s website.