[eDebate] [CEDA-L] Inauguration Debate Series - January 19th at the Smithsonian

NEIL BERCH berchnorto
Mon Jan 12 12:11:35 CST 2009

Kudos to Tim and the University of Mary Washington for pulling off this historic event!  It should generate some extremely positive publicity for the debate community.
--Neil Berch
West Virginia University> Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 11:42:44 -0500> From: todonnel at umw.edu> To: ceda-l at ndtceda.com; edebate at ndtceda.com> Subject: [CEDA-L] Inauguration Debate Series - January 19th at the Smithsonian> > Greetings! > > This coming Monday (January 19th) six college debate teams will debate> the priorities of the Obama administration at the Museum of Natural> History as part of the inaugural weekend festivities. The event is free> and open to the public and all who will be in the area are encouraged to> attend. > > The official release with further details from the Smithsonian is copied> below.> > All the best, > > - Tim> > > > newsdesk.si.edu> Press Room of the Smithsonian Institution> > PRESS RELEASE - Jan. 7, 2009> > Smithsonian Hosts ?Great Debaters? in Inaugural Debate Series Jan. 19> (http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/nmaahc_great_debaters.htm)> > Six college debate teams from across the country will come to the> Smithsonian to discuss the priorities of the new Obama administration> and debate issues such as the economy, foreign policy and climate> change. The program marks the 100th anniversary of the first debates> between Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Martin Luther> King, Jr. Day and the historic inauguration of America?s first African> American President. The Inaugural Debate Series will take place Monday,> Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Baird Auditorium at the National> Museum of Natural History.> > The debate series features six teams with some of the nation?s top> collegiate debaters, including schools with close historical ties to the> real-life ?great debaters? depicted in the 2007 film of the same name> starring Denzel Washington.> > Teams participating in the debate include Michigan State University,> Wake Forest University, the University of Mary Washington and the> University of Southern California, as well as two schools representing> Historically Black Colleges and Universities?Fayetteville State> University and Voorhees College. The debates are presented by the> National Museum of African American History and Culture in cooperation> with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and> Universities and the Debate Consortium, with support from the> Presidential Inaugural Committee.> > The Debate Consortium was formed to help African American colleges and> universities develop the capacity to field high-quality debate on> crucial public policy issues.> > The students will debate some of the most important issues confronting> the new Obama administration, from energy and climate change to health> care, the economy and foreign policy. The series will feature three> debates, each approximately 75 minutes in length.> > The first debate on energy and climate change, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., has> Michigan State University against Wake Forest University, two schools> that represent the pinnacle of intercollegiate debate?both having won> the National Debate Tournament, America?s most historic and prestigious> national debate championship, in the past three years. > > The second debate, from 11:10 a.m. to 1 p.m., features the University of> Mary Washington and USC arguing health care and the economy. USC was> host to Wiley College in the ?Great Debate? of 1935 (although the film> substitutes Harvard for USC). The most famous member of the Wiley> team?the distinguished civil rights leader James L. Farmer> Jr.?concluded his long career as a professor of history at the> University of Mary Washington.> > The third debate, from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m., on foreign policy, features> Fayetteville State University versus Voorhees College, two Historically> Black Colleges and Universities that are committed to making the virtues> of a debate education central to their educational mission. > > The National Museum of African American History and Culture was> established in 2003 by an Act of Congress, making it the 19th> Smithsonian Institution museum. It is the only national museum devoted> exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history> and culture. The Smithsonian Board of Regents, the governing body of the> Institution, voted in January 2006 to build the museum on a five-acre> site on the National Mall. The Constitution Avenue site is adjacent the Washington Monument and across the street from the Smithsonian?s> National Museum of American History. For more information about the> museum, please visit nmaahc.si.edu or call Smithsonian information at> (202) 633-1000, (202) 633-5285 (TTY).> > # # #> > SI-6-2009> > > Timothy M. O'Donnell> Director of Debate and Associate Professor of Speech> University of Mary Washington> 1201 William St., #25> Fredericksburg, VA 22401> todonnel at umw.edu> (540) 654-1252 (office)> (540) 654-1569 (fax)> _______________________________________________> CEDA-L mailing list> CEDA-L at www.ndtceda.com> http://www.ndtceda.com/mailman/listinfo/ceda-l
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