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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Open Mic: Conducting debates in this or another forum
Location: Zoom
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Description:
Past President Delia Pembrey would like to see more structured debate on important topics relevant to the society (personal communication). A structured or formal debate means following some protocols (c.f., Lincoln-Douglas debate: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln%E2%80%93Douglas_debate_format) that keep things civil and, one hopes, productive. These debate formats require preparation on the part of the debaters so we can hear thoughtful, reasoned arguments on each side of an issue. What do you think? Should we devote some of our future Sat/Wed sessions to such debates? Or should we set up another forum? Can you see anything productive emerging from this approach? If so, what topics would you like to see debated? From our recent experiences with a very provocative email thread, one topic might be: Capitalism, Good, Bad, or Indifferent!

In this session we open the mic to your opinions about pursuing this idea. Personally, I would support it because of my experiences with debate club in high school. But what do you think?