Pellissippi State hosts discussion among political party reps

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With candidates busily slugging it out in anticipation of the presidential election, the country is focused on the differences among politicians and their parties. Come November it will all be over, but the need to find common ground will be as great as ever.

In the spirit of bringing people together, Pellissippi State Community College invites the public to “Civil Rivalry in the Political Landscape: A Panel Discussion.” The free event is 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Student Lounge of the Division Street Campus, 3435 Division St.

“The topic is our current political landscape, and the discussion is bound to be interesting,” said Mike North, the campus’ assistant dean, “but the goal is to foster dialogue rather than debate between the parties.”

Representatives of the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian points of view will join two Pellissippi State faculty members on the panel.

Doug Veum, vice chair of the Knox County Democrats; Ray Jenkins, chair of the Knox County Republicans; and David Kerns, representing a Libertarian position, will submit some of their own questions as well as take questions from the audience.

Marsha Hupfel, who mediates for the Knox County Juvenile Court and is an adjunct faculty member in sociology at the Division Street Campus, moderates the discussion.

The event is part of Pellissippi State’s Civility Series. The series was launched to create opportunities for students, faculty and the community to come together to discuss ideas in a safe environment. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Marcia Coleman at (865) 971-5200. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or