Debate 2020


Debate 2020


Belmont University; Presidential Debate


A collection of items created by or for Belmont University surrounding the third presidential debate. Belmont hosted this debate on 22 October 2020. This is a collection of photographs from special events, convocations (WELLCore events), and debate-related events.

In addition, 2020 is the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing enfranchisement to all U.S. citizens regardless of gender.


Belmont University, Lila D. Bunch, Archives & Special Collections.


Belmont University Archives & Special Collections


August-October 2020


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Collection Items

19th Amendment Bell Ringing Event, 18 August 2020
The Belmont University community celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the vote to ratify the 19th Amendment to the constitution while listening to bell Tower ring 100 times at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, August 18, 2020.


Renew America Together Event
Belmont University hosts Conversation with Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.), Former Governor Mike Huckabee at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, January 13, 2020. Their conversation was moderated by longtime…

Freeman Hall Debate poster
Drone shots at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, November 20, 2019.

These photographs show the banner Belmont placed on Freeman Hall (originally known as Friendship Hall, then North Front). Freeman Hall faces Wedgewood Avenue.

President Fisher' Debate 2020 Convocation
On 30 October 2019, President Fisher and Vice President of Marketing and Communications John Carney co-hosted a convocation event for students. They discussed the plans for the debate and the impact that it will have on campus and Nashville, as well…

Belmont Debate 2020 Announcement Event
On 11 October 2019, Belmont University hosted an event to announce our selection as a 2020 Presidential Debate site. Speakers at the event were Butch Spyridon (CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation); Meghan Hickok (Belmont SGA…

Belmont Signs in Downtown Nashville
Lamppost signs advertising Debate 2020 were placed around downtown Nashville in August 2020.

Unity Flag Project
In the summer of 2020 The Unity Flag Project creatives from all over the United States of America were invited to create a Unity Flag in order to promote empathy for bipartisanship in a time of political unrest. These flags represent a unification of…

Materials produced for Debate 2020
A collection of items produced by Belmont, Hatch Show Print, and other community partners to advertise Debate 2020.

Designing a Democracy: From the Political Poster Collection of Ronnie Steine
This physical exhibit was on display in the Leu Art Gallery (Lila D. Bunch Library) at Belmont University from 19 August through 20 November 2020.Designing a Democracy explores graphic design through the lens of presidential campaign posters. …

Phil Ponder/Ponder Print
Phil Ponder hands off the Debate 2020 print to John Carney for the Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, August 28, 2020.

Bell Tower Banner
Photos of the banner going up on the Bell Tower, 1 September 2020.

Media Center and Satellite Truck Area
Photos showing the setup of the tent area for media and satellite trucks in September 2020.

Debate signs at Bridgestone Arena
Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) was established in 1996. Today, it is recognized as the home of the Nashville Predators (Nashville's hockey team, named so due to the Smilodon remains found near the location while digging for the arena). …

Rose Park Journalism Club Visits Belmont University
Students from the Rose Park Math and Science Middle School's Journalism Club visited Belmont University on 14 October 2020.

Students were given a tour of campus and spoke to several people on campus about the presidential debate.

Rose Park…

Debate Lights
Belmont's campus is always beautiful, but these photos show the campus lit up at night. The red, white, and blue lights around campus add a special glow.

HCA Partnership
In preparation for the Debate, Belmont University partnered with the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). This partnership allowed for health screening and testing, among other things.

The SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome…

Students go to Opryland Hotel
One of the safety precautions taken during the lead-up to the debate was to temporarily move some students off-campus on the 20th and 21st of October. Classes were online the entire week of the debate, and Belmont students were given the opportunity…

The Final Presidential Debate of 2020
President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden debate with NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker as the moderator in the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, October 22, 2020.

This was the second…

Debate Ushers
Belmont students were offered the unique experience of volunteering for various roles during the debate preparation, as well as during the debate itself. These photos show students who acted as ushers for the very small, limited crowd that were…
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