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Public Forum: Whose Democracy Is It?

10/28/2003 --

Ann Arbor, Mich.¿Michigan Radio, in partnership with the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Business School, will host two town hall forums on ¿Democracy and the Media¿ as part of their week-long series of special reports on ¿Whose Democracy Is It?¿ Panelists will discuss the role of the media in democracy and its affect on political campaigns and take questions from the audience.

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., Hale Auditorium, University of Michigan Business School

Professor Michael Traugott, chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan and author of ¿The Press, The Polls and Democracy.¿

Sue Smith, president, League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

Moderator, Bill Poorman, Michigan Radio.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University

Professor Kendron Bardwell, political science department, Grand Valley State University

Peter Ross, political reporter, WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids

Jeff Smith, director, Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

Moderator, Michael Leland, Michigan Radio

For more information, contact:
Christopher M. Williams, 734-764-9210 or
Jon Hoban, 734-764-9210 or
Anna Meyendorff, 734-936-6996 or

Sponsored by Michigan Radio and the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Business School.

Michigan Radio is hosting these events in conjunction with public radio stations around the country in order to put the health of democracy in America on the national agenda with radio programs and town hall forums.

The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Business School works to understand, support and promote the transformation of transition and emerging market economies into well-developed market economies through research, education and outreach activities. Davidson Institute faculty and students have been working in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, China, Vietnam, Mexico, sub-Saharan Africa for the past decade.

For more information, contact:
Cynthia Shaw
Phone: 734.936.2150