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“The British Are Coming!”: A Public Debate, featuring the John R. Park Debate Society & The British National Debate Team

November 11, 2015

Click here for video footage of the demonstration debate, featuring the John R. Park Debate Society and the English Speaking Union’s British National Debate Team. (Please note: The sides of the resolution presented by the debaters were determined by a coin flip and the views expressed do not necessarily represent the opinions of the debaters themselves).

The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah Speech and Debate Team) is pleased to host the English Speaking Union’s British National Debate Team during their tour of the United States. Their tour will include a public debate that will focus on the evolving relationship between the United States and Cuba.

What: “The British are Coming!” A Public Debate, featuring The British National Debate Team and The John R. Park Debate Society
-Presented by the John R. Park Debate Society and the Department of Communication at the University of                                                   
-Sponsored by the National Communication Association’s Committee on International Discussion and                                   

Who: The British National Debate Team & The University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society
When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Where: Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building, Room 109 (CTIHB 109)

In cooperation with the National Communication Association’s Committee for International Discussion and Dialogue, the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society and The Department of Communication will host The British National Debate Team, selected by the English Speaking Union. This year, Francesca Whalen and Matthew Willmore will represent the English Speaking Union. Francesca just completed her BA in History at Balliol College Oxford, where she was a member of the Oxford Union Debating Society and a quarterfinalist at the European Championships for Debate. Matthew just completed his LLM at the University of Edinburgh and, in 2014, Matthew won the European Championships for Debate. The British Debaters will visit Utah from November 10-12, 2015, during their visit they tour the University of Utah and Salt Lake City.

During their visit, they will participate in a public debate with the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society. In the spirit of the Committee for International Discussion and Debate’s commitment, the two debate programs will debate an issue that emphasizes international relations and resonates with the University of Utah’s commitment to global citizenship. The resolution for the debate will be “Resolved: The United States should lift the Cuban Embargo.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, please contact Michael Middleton m.middleton@utah.edu

Last Updated: 8/21/17