September 26, 2016: Capilano University hosts two live presidential debate events in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate

      NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Capilano University is pleased to host two live events focused on U.S. presidential debates with the U.S. Consulate General Vancouver. 

      On October 4, 2016, two former members of U.S. Congress, Martin Lancaster, a Democrat from North Carolina, and Steve Kuykendall, a Republican from California, will join viewers in watching the vice presidential debate between senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and Indiana governor Mike Pence. The New York Times reported September 22 that Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump are tied in North Carolina. The congressmen will provide their analysis and answer questions following the debate.
      The Consul General of the United States of America in Vancouver, Lynne Platt, will join special guests and representatives of community groups on October 19, 2016, to watch the final presidential debate between Clinton and Trump, to be followed by a panel discussion. 

      Michael Markwick, Capilano University School of Communication instructor, initiated the two events with the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver.

      “As scholars, we really want to get an accurate read on what is taking place,” says Markwick. “I’ve asked them to help us cut through the Fox, CNN, MSNBC noise and cut through the ‘House of Cards’ construction of the presidency.”

      Markwick maintains staying well-informed about politics in the U.S. is all about being a good neighbour.

      “I was raised to never take for granted the relationship with a neighbour,” Markwick says. “We should always be positively engaging which each other, especially when you’re dealing with something as extraordinary as this election. Closer to home, watching these debates should help us get ready to participate in B.C.’s election, which is just around the corner.”

      Halia Valladares Montemayor, dean of the faculty of Business and Professional Studies, welcomes citizens of all ages and persuasions to hear what the American politicians and spokespeople have to say and to share their thoughts and opinions. 

      Both events happen at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the proceedings beginning at 6 p.m. Reservations for free tickets are required. Tickets for October 4 are available at Eventbrite, here, and for October 19, here.
      About Capilano University’s School of Communication
      Capilano University offers a Communication Studies diploma and a bachelor of Communication Studies degree through the faculty of Business and Professional Studies. Students engage in critical analysis of communication while also learning applied communication skills directed towards scholarly investigation and practical experience in public and media relations; publishing, editing and writing; journalism; communication research and policy analysis; and communication coordination and management. 

      About Capilano University
      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers more than 100 programs, including 12 bachelor’s degrees, in areas as diverse as film and animation, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 11,600 students each year, 8,300 in for-credit programs and 3,300 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Lil’wat and Sechelt (shíshálh) Nations. 

      For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact: 

      Cheryl Rossi
      Senior Communications Advisor
      Capilano University
      t: 604.983.7596
      c: 778.879.7119