Hillel to host 'The Big Issue'

November 26, 2012 1:00 PM

New Wave staff

Tulane University Hillel is hosting the first installment of its new series called “The Big Issue” on Tuesday (Nov. 27) at 8 p.m. and inviting the community to participate in conversations about today’s most pressing political issues.

Tulane Hillel
"The Big Issue" is the first public forum of its kind to be hosted by Tulane Hillel. The next part in the series will focus on health care and will be held in January.

The evening’s topic, "Is America Moving to The Left? Was This Election About Ideology at All?" will be moderated by local news personality, Lee Zurik. Guest speakers are Buddy Roemer, former governor of Louisiana, and Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC talk show host and Tulane professor of political science.

“We are placing an emphasis on having a provocative debate between intelligent people that moves the conversation beyond sound bites,” says Rabbi Yonah Schiller, executive director of Tulane Hillel. He said Hillel want to create a platform that includes discussions by "great thinkers," so that participants "can engage in raw discussion of the major issues that affect our society.”

The goal of this forum is not only to educate viewers about current affairs, but it is also to blur the lines that often separate presenter from audience and to continue to promote media literacy and constructive analysis of an ever-changing political arena.

“Our goal is for the people who attend ‘The Big Issue’ to enjoy themselves and at the same time come away feeling informed regardless of the conclusions they reach and whichever side of the political aisle they are affiliated with,” says Schiller. “In addition, the unique debate format is a high energy and entertaining way of getting to the root issues. It will be a lot of fun.”

The event takes place at the Goldie and Morris Mintz Center for Jewish Life located at 912 Broadway and is free and open to the public. There will be a cash bar serving cocktails and snacks.

More information can be found on the Tulane Hillel website.

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