Events & Activities
Excitement and energy are building toward the Oct. 4 debate with a full slate of activities for students, faculty and staff, alumni and friends, and the surrounding community. This page can be your guide to participating in the rich opportunities ahead of the debate.
All events, times and locations are subject to change. Please check back for up-to-date information.
Civil Rights Walking Tour
10 a.m., R.R. Moton Museum Admission: Free, open to the public
Explore the rich civil rights history of Farmville and Prince Edward County on a newly developed guided walking tour. The tour, facilitated by Longwood Prof. Larissa Smith Fergeson, departs from the Moton Museum on the south end of Longwood’s campus.
First Amendment Field
10 a.m., 800 Griffin Boulevard, Farmville, VA 23901 (Adjacent to R.R. Moton Museum)
In a celebration of freedom of speech and expression, Longwood is providing a space for speakers from all walks of life to make their views heard. Participants will sign up for 10-minute speaking slots on the stage on First Amendment Field.
12 noon-7 p.m., Stubbs Mall Admission: Free, open to the public
Longwood students invite visitors to stop by to enjoy a steady stream of assorted debate-related booths, activities and musical acts – the hub of campus activity, just steps away from the debate venue in Willett Hall.
Citizens and Leaders – a Conversation on the Art of Presidential Campaign Photojournalism
12 noon, Longwood Center for the Visual Arts Admission: Free, open to the public
A one-of-a-kind public conversation with highly accomplished photojournalists about the art of capturing democracy at work in the contest for the quadrennial contest for the most powerful office on earth. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Citizens & Leaders: A Century of Iconic Presidential Campaign Photography by the Associated Press. Featuring Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography for The Associated Press, and Michael Mergen, Longwood assistant professor of photography and veteran campaign photographer.
20 Ride, Zac Brown Cover Band
1–2:30 p.m., Stubbs Mall
1-4 p.m., Lancaster Mall (south side of Lancaster) Admission: Free, open to the public
Longwood faculty offer a series of quick, fascinating and non-partisan TED-like talks on topics from their fields of expertise related to the Vice Presidential debate and the 2016 election campaign.
Jazz Combo Performance
3–3:45 p.m., Stubbs Mall
The Increasing Power of the Vice Presidency – A View From The Inner Circle
4 p.m., Martinelli Room, Maugans Alumni Center Admission: Free, open to the public
Longwood and the University of Virginia’s Miller Center present an inside look at the office of the vice president and its emergence as a center of power in recent administrations. Panelists: Roy Neel, former chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore; Eric Edelman, former assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Finland, and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy; Jared Bernstein, former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden; and Barbara Perry, Director of Presidential Studies at the Miller Center. Journalist John Harris, of Politico, will moderate.
4:30–6 p.m., Stubbs Mall
4:30–7 p.m., Stubbs Mall
7–9 p.m., Stubbs Mall
Live coverage of pre-debate activities.
Alumni Watch Parties
9 p.m., regional locations
Watch Party Kits are being distributed to over 130 alumni volunteers and their families to host watch party events in their homes around Virginia and the world on the night of the debate.
Campus Debate Watch Party
9 p.m., Stubbs Mall
Longwood students, faculty, staff and friends will join together on Stubbs Mall for an outdoor viewing of the debate broadcast. Students will receive a commemorative Longwood debate scarf! Limited souvenir debate blankets available!
Post-Debate Breakfast & Music
10:30 - 11:15 p.m., Stubbs Mall
As the debate winds down and Spin Alley revs to life, a late-night breakfast will be served while live music plays on the Stubbs Mall stage.
*All events, times and locations are subject to a change.