Students, faculty and staff gathered to hear polar views on key issues of the presidential campaign, Thursday, Oct. 23 at Shoreline Community College.
In the first event sponsored by the college's new Global Affairs Center. Michael K. Vaska, speaking for Sen. John McCain, and Gael Tarleton, speaking for Sen. Barack Obama, put on the ideological gloves for the exchange of views. Vaska is a partner in the Foster Pepper law firm and chairs the state McCain Campaign Environmental Stewardship Coalition. Obama supporter Tarleton is Seattle Port Commissioner, a national security expert, international business manager, and a leader in the non-profit and university sectors.
Larry Fuell, director of the Global Affairs Center, coordinated the event and moderated the discussion.
The event was intended to focus on the candidates' stances on an appropriate role for the United Nations, but veered off on many other points during the spirited 90-minute session. One of those tangents was the question: What it means to be a liberal in today's world. Perhaps without consensus, the participants and audience seemed to at least agree that such definitions are fluid, changing with the times.
The mission of the GAC is to encourage awareness, critical thinking, and engagement that enhances global prosperity, equity, sustainability and understanding of the human condition. For more information, contact Larry Fuell at 206-533-6750 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.