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Columbia: Serving & Learning
Sept. 3, 2008
Presidential Candidates John McCain and Barack Obama will Kick-off the Two-day Summit on Civic Engagement and Public Service on Sept. 11

In their first joint appearance since the party conventions, presidential nominees John McCain and Barack Obama will discuss service and civic engagement in the post-9/11, post-Katrina world during the primetime televised "ServiceNation Presidential Candidates Forum" on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 11, hosted by Columbia University in the City of New York, as part of the ServiceNation Summit.

The Forum is being organized by ServiceNation, a dynamic new coalition of 110 organizations that has a collective reach of some 100 million Americans and is dedicated to strengthening democracy and solving problems through civic engagement and service.

The presidential candidates forum will kickoff the bipartisan ServiceNation Summit, held on Sept. 11-12, and ServiceNation's national campaign to expand voluntary community and national service opportunities for all Americans. PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff will join moderator Richard Stengel, managing editor of TIME magazine, to question the candidates—who will appear separately—about their views on the meaning and importance of service.

The in-depth, back-to-back interviews will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET before a live audience of Sept. 11 family members, military veterans, thought leaders, and Columbia University students. New York Gov. David Paterson will welcome the audience before the start of the event.

Given its longstanding commitment to civic engagement in and outside the classroom, with its wide array of service learning, volunteer action and social entrepreneurship programs, Columbia University is honored to serve as host for a forum about an idea that is so central to our society and to the mission of higher education.


Read the ServiceNation press release.

Announcement: Campus Access and Closures, Sept. 11

Announcement: Columbia Undergraduate Public Service Event, Sept. 11


Columbia University dorm residents can watch the event on on CUTV cable channel 74. CUTV service is available to students in the individual rooms of 600 W 113, Broadway, Carman, Furnald, John Jay, McBain, River, Ruggles, Schapiro, Watt, Wien, Woodbridge, and the two-person flats in East Campus. In Hogan and the East Campus suites and townhouses, service is offered only in the common areas. CUTV service is also available in administrative buildings on the Morningside Campus.

Check CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, MSNBC, NY1 and WNET for possible live coverage of the event.

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