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The University of Denver will commemorate the 2012 presidential debate at DU with a special event on Oct. 3, 2013—the first anniversary of the historic showdown on campus. The event will include a panel discussion with local political figures, journalists and DU experts, as well as the premiere of a 20-minute documentary about the 2012 debate.

Event details

Date: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
Time: 4 - 6 p.m.
Location: Davis Auditorium in Sturm Hall
Event is free and open to the public
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Last fall, more than 3,000 journalists, including nearly 800 journalists from abroad, gathered at the University of Denver’s Hamilton Gymnasium to listen to then-candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney discuss issues affecting the American public. Many of the same issues discussed that day are still being publicly debated.

Political experts will be on hand Oct. 3 to offer their scorecard of political activities over the past year. The panel, composed of DU faculty members and local political figures, will examine major issues raised in the 2012 debate and provide connections to our current state of affairs. They will also discuss pressing issues and political races to watch in 2014 and 2016.


  • Sharon Lassar, professor in the School of Accountancy at the Daniels College of Business
  • Lisa Martinez, associate professor of sociology and expert on Hispanic voters
  • Seth Masket, associate professor of political science and expert on campaigns and political parties
  • Rick Palacio, Colorado Democrats chair
  • Chuck Plunkett, political reporter at the Denver Post
  • Dick Wadhams, campaign consultant and Colorado Republicans chair


Cynthia Hessin, award-winning host and executive producer of "Colorado State of Mind" on Rocky Mountain PBS

Preview the debate documentary