Call for academic programming submissions

The U’s vice presidential debate steering committee wants to know: How are U faculty and staff members incorporating the debate in their fall courses and program offerings? Opportunities could include anything from focusing multiple class sessions on the debate and election to covering it briefly as part of existing course topics. They could also include co-curricular opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage in and experience this debate and events.

Submit ideas here

Professors and staff members planning on incorporating the debate into their syllabi or programming can let the committee know by completing a short form. Course number and title are needed as well as estimated numbers of students to be enrolled.

Submitted courses and will be compiled and promoted so interested students can register before the Fall semester begins. Public events can also be submitted to be included in promotional materials.

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2020’s only vice presidential debate

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) selected the University of Utah to host the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall, Nancy Peery Marriott Auditorium.

The CPD will announce additional details about the only 2020 vice presidential debate, including format and moderators, in 2020. The debate will start at 9:00pm ET / 7:00pm MT and will run for 90 minutes without commercial interruption.

The CPD was established in 1987 and has sponsored and produced all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since then. The CPD receives no funding from the government or any political party or campaign.

The 2020 vice presidential debate is made possible through a partnership with the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Utah Debate Commission.

The University of Utah

Located in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah is the state’s flagship research public institution. The U enrolls 33,000 students from more than 102 countries and is recognized for pioneering new programs with social impact; generating path-breaking discoveries; fueling critical research; and inspiring innovative approaches to education.

Founded in 1850, the University of Utah offers 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine, the university prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the U encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty and business leaders.

About the Utah Debate Commission

The UTDC was established in 2013 to educate voters and promote a civil exchange of ideas among the leading candidates in Utah. The UTDC Board of Directors includes higher education and media representatives, as well as civic and community leaders. Co-chairs include Wayne Niederhauser, Former President of the Utah Senate, and Karen Hale, former state senator and former vice-chair of the Utah Democratic Party.

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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Why the university of utah?

    The U strives to be a model public university in delivering unmatched value in higher education and health care, while making social, economic and cultural contributions that improve the quality of life throughout the state, nation and the world. It has vast experience assisting with organization, fundraising, management, security and execution of major events, including the 2002 Winter Olympics. Both the opening and closing ceremonies were hosted on campus, as well as the housing accommodations necessary for the entire Olympic Village. This was during a time of heightened security needs following the 9/11 attacks just months before.

  • Where will the debate be held?

    Kingsbury Hall on Presidents Circle is the chosen location.

  • how do I get a ticket to the debate?

    The Commission on Presidential Debates will provide ticketing information at a later date.

  • I have aNOTHER question who do I contact?

    All debate questions can be directed to debate2020@utah.edu.