In 2000, it was the "Thrill in the 'Ville" as Centre College became the smallest venue to ever host a debate sanctioned by the Presidential Debate Commission. That served as the basis for a new series of public policy discussions the college is announcing: Centre Stage for Public Policy.
"We want substantive discussion of issues that affect all Kentuckians," said Centre President John Roush.
"We will endeavor to bring in the best and brightest minds from across the state and the region to share insights with our students and the public. Such ongoing discussion can help mold public policy in the future and we're proud to have a role in facilitating that process."
The first event will be a discussion of the two-party system in Kentucky. Political party Chairmen John McCarthy, Republican, and Bill Garmer, Democrat, will debate at 7:30 p.m. July 15 at the Norton Center's Newlin Hall.
"We're particularly excited about this inaugural event because it will coincide with the Governor's Scholars Program that we host annually," said Clarence Wyatt, director of the GSP program at Centre and moderator for the debate.