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Is Your Vote up for Grabs?

Karen Finney, MSNBC political analyst and former commu­nications director forthe Democratic National Committee    

Kevin Madden, former national press secretary to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and former press secretary to House minority leader John Boehner (R-OH)

Jane Hall, associate professor of journalism, American University (moderator)

The American Forum—Is Your Vote Up for Grabs?

7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 6 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)


Abramson Family Recital Hall, American University's Katzen Arts Center

Live stream from 7 to 8 p.m. at

Two years after young people overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama, predictions are that they will not be turning out in the upcoming mid-term elections.  

In addition, experts say there are more Republicans—and fewer Democrats—on college campuses today. Case in point: the Democratic party is spending $50 million to get young voters and minorities back to the polls.  

Are politicians listening to young people about jobs, the BP oil spill, and other issues? What do young people think about how politicians are handling their future?    

From 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, students at American University—ranked the most politically active in the nation by the 2010 Princeton Review—will share their thoughts and challenge two top political strategists during The American Forum: Is Your Vote Up for Grabs? in the Abramson Family Recital Hall at American University’s Katzen Arts Center. Jane Hall, associate professor of journalism at AU, will moderate.

Panelists are:
Karen Finney, a political analyst for MSNBC and former commu­nications director for the Democratic National Committee during the successful “50-state strategy” in 2006 and 2008.

Kevin Madden, a public-relations executive and Republican strategist and former press secretary to Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and former press secretary to House minority leader John Boehner (R-OH).

The forum will be live streamed at  
Graduate students, under the direction of CBS News political consultant and AU professor Dotty Lynch, are analyzing data on young voters' views on President Obama, Congress, the economy and their interest in the 2010 elections, and will release their findings in conjunction with the forum.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program is presented in association with American University's Kennedy Political Union, AU's non-partisan, student-run, student-funded speakers bureau.

The American Forum, produced by American University's School of Communication, is an hour-long interactive multi-media audio program with a live town-hall audience, which seeks to connect and engage young people with national and international media 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.