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Rock the Vote, Obama Strategist, & RNC Pollster Headline American Forum

Discussion on Eve of Final Presidential Debate Will Focus on Young Voters

WHAT:   “An American Forum:  Youthquake 08’—How Millennials Are Shaking up the Media, Mavericks, and History Makers This Election” panel discussion

WHO: Cornell Belcher, Obama campaign strategist and Democratic National Committee pollster    
- Emily Freifeld, journalist,
- James Kotecki, blogger, Politico
- Heather Smith, executive director, Rock the Vote
- David Winston, Republican National Committee pollster
- Jane Hall, associate professor, American University (moderator)

WHERE: Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14
MEDIA: Maggie Barrett, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5951 or
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The night before John McCain and Barack Obama have their final debate, Rock the Vote’s executive director, an Obama campaign strategist, an RNC pollster, and two young journalists will discuss young voters and the election during  An American Forum: Youthquake 08’—How Millennials Are Shaking up the Media, Mavericks, and History Makers This Election.

The event, free and open to the public, begins at 6:30  p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the university’s Katzen Arts Center.   

Youth voting is expected to reach levels last seen nearly 40 years ago. Panelists will discuss the role of young people in the election, and explore their views and political media use. They will also explore new media technology in the campaigns and how it helped galvanize the next passionate-for-politics generation.

The discussion will be broadcast live on 88.5 WAMU.  Jane Hall, a journalist and an associate professor in the School of Communication, will be moderator.

Panelists are Cornell Belcher, Obama strategist and DNC pollster; Emily Freifeld, journalist; James Kotecki, Politico blogger; Heather Smith, executive director of Rock the Vote; and David Winston, RNC pollster.

An American Forum is a series of panel discussions that brings together academics, journalists, elected officials, and public policy makers to address and debate current issues. 

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.