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Democracy & Debate Theme Semester

This universitywide educational initiative will lead students on an exploration of free speech and exchange of ideas, what it means to be a member of a democratic society, and democratic engagement from a global perspective.

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Debate Steering Committee will guide U-M’s hosting efforts

Planning for the presidential debate that will be staged at U-M in October is well underway, with the Debate Steering Committee providing overall guidance for a long list of tasks and events being considered.

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There are more federal requirements that apply to plastic water bottles or whiskey than apply to electronic voting security, which is absolutely incredible to me.

Faculty expert

J. Alex Halderman

A professor of computer science and engineering and director of the Center for Computer Security and Society, Professor Halderman can discuss vulnerabilities in the U.S. voting system.

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Oct. 15, 2020 at Crisler Center

For generations, the University of Michigan has led the way in advancing understanding of our nation’s most pressing issues. Building upon this commitment to public service, we will be hosting a presidential debate on October 15, 2020, at Crisler Center, as well as providing special programs and events related to the debate on campus.
Public service and civic engagement are at the core of our great university and its history. This is a tremendous opportunity for the university community to contribute to our democracy, while setting an example of civic engagement and shining a light on the outstanding academic strengths of our institution."
- President Mark S. Schlissel