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Events and activities

Here are some of the many ways students and community members can engage with the 2016 U.S. Senate Debate at University of the Pacific. Please check back frequently for updates and newly planned activities:

Daniel Zingale
Daniel Zingale, senior vice president, Healthy California
Eric McGhee
Eric McGhee, research fellow, the Public Policy Institute of California
John J. Kirlin
John J. Kirlin, distinguished professor of public policy, University of the Pacific
  • April 25, noon-1:30 p.m., Stockton. Audrey Cooper, editor in chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, will talk about political journalism with students in the Vereschagin Alumni House library. Space is limited and preference will be given to students who are majoring in communication or political science. Contact: Jennifer Torres Siders,
  • April 25, 4-6 p.m., Stockton, The Lair. Our student-run Pacific Political Science Association is sponsoring The Future of California: A panel discussion about coming challenges facing California, with preeminent policymakers Daniel Zingale (senior vice president, Health California); Eric McGhee (research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California); and John J. Kirlin (distinguished professor of public policy, University of the Pacific). What are the big issues that California will have to resolve in the coming decade? What can we hope the new Senator to accomplish? Contact: Keith Smith,
  • April 25, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Stockton. Pacific's Speech and Debate Team, ranked No. 7 in the country, will host its own version of the debate for U.S. Senate in the Janet Leigh Theatre on campus. Debate team members will play the roles of the five candidates. Contact: Steven Kalani Farias,
  • April 25, 5:30-6 p.m., 3200 Fifth Ave., Sacramento. University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law's Capital Center for Law and Policy and the Student Bar Association will host a quick primer on federal issues before livestreaming the debate in Northwest Hall upstairs in S-4/S-5. Contact: LaTrece Bean, 916.739.7227

Watch parties

See the televised debate with friends at a watch party on these University of the Pacific campuses:

  • Stockton: 6-7:30 p.m., The Lair Students and faculty will gather for politics, pizza and (for those who are 21 or older) beer. This watch party is hosted by the student-run Pacific Political Science Association. Contact: Arlene Brown,
  • Stockton: 6-7:30 p.m. in Janet Leigh Theatre. Free and open to the public. Contact: Johanna Bakmas,
  • Sacramento: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 3200 Fifth Ave., Northwest Hall upstairs in S-4/S-5. U.S. Senate Super Bowl Debate Watch Party: The Clash of Policy & Politics. University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law's Capital Center for Law and Policy and the Student Bar Association will host the event. Free and open to the public. Contact: LaTrece Bean, 916.739.7227
  • San Francisco: 6-7:30 p.m., 155 Fifth St., Dorfman Hall. Students, faculty and staff will gather at the San Francisco Campus to watch a live stream of the debate. Contact: Dan Soine,

If you would like to host a watch party, please email

Watch online

The debate will be streamed live on our website beginning at 6 p.m. PDT, Monday, April 25.

Debate-day considerations

  • Parking will be extremely limited. If you are coming to campus, please carpool, take public transportation, walk or bike.  
  • No signs, bullhorns or other amplified sound will be allowed in the DeRosa University Center the day of the debate.  
  • Signs and banners will be welcome within a designated "speech zone" on the DUC lawn on the day of the debate, but no bullhorns, noisemakers or amplified sound will be permitted.