UWG to Host Provocative Public Debate

Thursday, September 6, 2012

University of West Georgia and Clark Atlanta University student debate teams will showcase their rhetorical skills in a free public debate at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 in the UWG Campus Center Ballroom.

The topic for the evening is "African-American students should choose to attend historically black colleges and universities." Clark Atlanta's debate team is affirming the resolution.

“Given that every competitor in the debate is a black student who had to make that choice—with some choosing Clark Atlanta and others choosing UWG—the debate promises to be quite educational,” noted Dr. Michael Hester, dean of the Honors College and UWG director of debate.

“In many ways, debate—the practice of researching questions of controversies, developing arguments on multiple sides of the questions and submitting advocacy positions to the scrutiny of refutation and cross-examination—is the BEST form of meaningful education.”

Hester encourages attendance. “The evening promises to be entertaining and informative, with the excellence of higher education in Georgia on display.”

The UWG Debate Team is one of the top ten programs in the nation. The team’s accomplishments include winning the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship in 2000 and 2001—making UWG only the second school in history to win back-to-back CEDA Nationals.

The event is co-hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. There will be organized attendance-verification procedures in place for those interested in providing extra-credit opportunities for their classes. Light refreshments will be served after the debate.