CLEMSON — Clemson University will host “Clinton vs Trump: The People Speak,” a live, interactive webcast on the presidential race at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Watt Family Innovation Center.

The public is invited to participate in the discussion at the Watt Center auditorium or via Twitter using #thepeoplespeakcu, while watching the live stream at http://tv.clemson.edu/live.

The People SpeakClemson professors from the departments of political science, history and members of Clemson’s Debate Team will be among the speakers Thursday night. The experts will share their opinions about everything from the temperature of the presidential campaigns to the latest national polls and the growing list of issues that continue to surface as a result of the presidential race.

Moderators for “Clinton vs. Trump: The People Speak,” are Clemson News Now senior student correspondent Katie Davidson and Charmayne Brown, a television news anchor/reporter, magazine publisher, Clemson Ph.D. student and communication consultant for the Office of the Provost.

“It is imperative that everyone vote,” Brown said. “This forum addresses issues that will hopefully help voters better decide who they will vote for as the next president.”

Lori Pindar, undergraduate program coordinator in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, represents the department of communication and will serve as the panel’s media analyst.

“We allow the media into our lives as sources of information and entertainment and, thus, we utilize media as a guide for how to believe, act and move throughout social realities. Knowing how media impact our daily lives is to know how media influence our decision-making and beliefs,” Pindar said.

Brandon Boatwright, associate director of the university’s Social Media Listening Center (SMLC), will monitor global chatter about the presidential race and provide data from the SMLC. Clemson News Now student multimedia journalists Margaret Chase and Natalie Johnson also produced reports on issues concerning millennials for the special live webcast.

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