BBC holds town hall at Leach Theatre Sept. 5

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On September 1, 2008

Missouri University of Science and Technology has been selected as the site
for an upcoming town hall forum on the U.S. presidential election, hosted by
the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) and broadcast on the BBC World Service
radio program Newshour

The forum will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in Leach Theatre of
Missouri S&T’s Castleman Hall, 10th and Main streets. The actual broadcast
will begin at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

BBC Newshour presenter Robin Lustig will serve as host for the forum, which will include a panel made up of two U.S. representatives from Missouri, a University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professor and a Missouri journalist.

Panelists are:

  • U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican, who represents Missouri’s Second
    Congressional District, which includes parts of St. Charles and St. Louis
    counties and all of Lincoln County. Akin has represented the Second District
    since 2001.
  • Bonnie Bell, a journalist with Radio Springfield.
  • U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, a Democrat, who represents Missouri’s Third
    Congressional District, which includes parts of St. Louis and St. Louis County,
    and all of Jefferson and Ste. Genevieve counties. Carnahan is a native of Rolla
    and the son of former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan and former Missouri Sen. Jean
    Carnahan. Carnahan has represented the Third District since 2005.
  • Dr. Dave Robertson, professor of political science at the University of
    Missouri-St. Louis.

For more information or to suggest a question for the panel, email Catherine
Miller of the BBC at


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