The C-Span Campaign 2008 Bus will visit the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the parking lot across from the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel.
The Bus, which was launched in November 1993 to demonstrate cable’s commitment to education, was re-launched as the Campaign 2008 Bus in January 2007. With the 2008 election season in full swing, C-SPAN’s two Campaign 2008 buses are currently traveling across the country following candidates on the campaign trail.
“The C-SPAN Campaign 2008 Bus will provide an opportunity for UPJ students to observe and reflect on how C-SPAN facilitates our own education about the integral role that government and civics play, not only in the campaign process for the 2008 Presidential Election, but also in creating and sustaining effective citizens,” said Dr. Mark Previte, UPJ assistant professor of social studies education.
The 45-foot bus is equipped with mobile multi-media demonstration center and television production units that can be used as studios during live programs, such as C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. This allows C-SPAN the opportunity to interview students, authors, journalists and politicians aboard the buses from anywhere in the country. Since the launch of the Campaign 2008 Bus program, the buses have visited nine presidential libraries, 29 state capitals, 71 universities, 77 high schools, 18 middle schools, and six social studies conferences.
For additional information on the C-SPAN Campaign 2008 Bus visit to UPJ, contact Dr. Previte at 814-269-7016. Information is also available on the Internet at: http://www.c-span.org/schoolbus/.
Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic development, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.