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Immediately preceding the first U.S. presidential election debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Cornell will hold an academic debate among prominent political scientists and policy experts on two key domestic policy issues, immigration and incarceration policy, followed by questions from the audience. Gretchen Ritter ’83, the Harold Tanner Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, will moderate panelists across the ideological spectrum to engage students and the Cornell community on major issues facing the candidates.

Debaters: Marc A. Levin, Esq., director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and policy director of the Right on Crime Initiative; Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside; Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute Policy Fellow; and Vesla Mae Weaver, associate professor of African American studies and political science at Yale University.

This event is made possible by a gift from Jennifer Koen-Horowitz ’93 and Mark Horowitz.

Event sponsors include the American Studies Program, the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, the Center for the Study of Inequality, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Human Ecology, the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, the Cornell Population Center, the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Engaged Learning, the Program on Ethics and Public Life, the ILR School, the Institute for the Social Sciences, the Peace Studies Program, Student and Campus Life and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.