Community invited to discussion of Electoral College at Pellissippi State

Virgil Davis
Virgil Davis

To kick off this year’s Common Academic Experience, Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to attend a presentation on the Electoral College and its role in presidential elections.

The presentation is part of Pellissippi State’s annual Convocation ceremony, which will be held from noon-1 p.m., Sept. 7, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free to attend.

“This is an excellent chance to link common political arguments — some of which embody the concept of bad arguments — with the year’s Common Book,” said Virgil Davis, Pellissippi State faculty member and the Convocation presenter.

The Common Academic Experience is a yearlong discussion of issues — both in and out of class — related to a Common Book that all freshmen students read.

This year’s Common Book is “An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments” by Ali Almossawi, illustrated by Alejandro Giraldo. The “Book of Bad Arguments” introduces readers to the field of logical reasoning, or the science of making a well-reasoned argument.

Davis’s presentation will include a look at why America’s founding fathers chose to implement an Electoral College and the five-step process of electing a president, as well as include a discussion of political parties and the 2016 presidential election.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or


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