The 2016 Vice Presidential Debate

-from Politico (, by Daniel Strauss

When is the vice presidential debate?

The vice presidential debate will take place on October 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

What time is the vice presidential debate and how long is it?

The debate will start at 8:00 p.m. Central Time and is scheduled to run for 90 minutes without commercial breaks.

Who is in the vice presidential debate?

Sen. Tim Kaine, a Senator from Virginia and Hillary Clinton’s running mate, will debate Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana and running mate to Donald Trump. Pence is a first term governor of Indiana who previously served over a decade in Congress. Kaine is a former Democratic National Committee chairman who also served as governor of Virginia and mayor of Richmond.

How can I watch the vice presidential debate?

The debate will be broadcast on all major television networks and cable channels. C-SPAN will also air the debate.

Who will moderate the vice presidential debate?

Elaine Quijano of CBS News will be the debate’s sole moderator. She is a correspondent for CBS News and an anchor for CBSN, the digital streaming network for CBS. This election, Quijano covered 2016 debates and both the Republican and Democratic national conventions for CBS. In 2011, Quijano revealed in a CBS Evening News report that the White House did not send condolence letters to the families of military personnel who had committed suicide. That report spurred the Obama administration to reverse that policy. Quijano, a Chicago-area native of Filipino descent, is also the first Asian American moderator for a general election debate.

What is the format of the vice presidential debate?

The debate is divided into nine 10 minute segments. Quijano will start each segment with an opening question and then Kaine and Pence will each have two minutes to respond. Quijano will also use the leftover time in each segment to dive deeper into the discussion topic.

How have Pence and Kaine been preparing?

Pence has held mock practice debates with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker standing in for Kaine. In Kaine’s preparation, Robert Barnett, a high-profile Washington lawyer, has been playing Pence.

Shakespeare and the Library

July 21st is the dedication of the new Shakespeare Garden on campus and also the opening night for MVCC’s production of the play “The Taming of the Shrew”.  The MVCC Library has many resources related to “The Taming of the Shrew”, and also about Shakespeare and his works.

Click here to watch a streaming version of the famous Franco Zeffirelli production of “The Taming of the Shrew” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. 

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Discover more about any of Shakespeare’s plays by going online and reading the plot synopsis, character list, a discussion of the work’s principal themes, information about the style and literary devices used, a conversation about the work’s historical context, and a critical overview in Shakespeare for Students, found within the library database Literature for Students from Gale Virtual Reference

If you are inspired to read one or all of the Shakespeare plays, you can check out the book The Norton Shakespeare, which contains all of the Bard’s plays in one volume.




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Who will be the next Librarian of Congress?

President Obama recently announced his intent to nominate Dr. Carla Hayden, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA) and the current Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland as the 14th Librarian of Congress.  Dr. Hayden has a Chicago connection; she served as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993.  Her educational background includes an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

Commenting on the announcement, ALA President Sari Feldman said:

“The President could not have made a better choice. Hats off to President Obama for nominating Dr. Hayden, a professional librarian uniquely positioned with the leadership and management skills and understanding of digital technology to make the Library of Congress the preeminent national library in the world, highly-valued by and serving all Americans as a treasured resource.  We look forward to working closely with her to further librarians’ bedrock principle that all Americans everywhere deserve and must have equitable access to the information that they need to succeed and lead productive lives in the digital age.”

Dr. Carla Hayden

Dr. Carla Hayden