The British National Debate Team is currently on a tour of the United States, visiting such schools as Cornell University and Boston College. The team consists of two debaters, chosen from among a number of applicants, based on their outstanding debate performances. The first debater is Alex Just. Alex is a senior at Oxford, studying Politics and History, and is a former President of the Oxford Union. Alex is a two-time World Championships Grand Finalist in both 2004 in Singapore and 2005 in Malaysia. The second debater is Alistair Cormack. Alistair is a recent graduate of Durham University, studying both History and Politics. Alistair is a former President of the Durham Union Society, and was a finalist at the English National Championships.
Jil Freeman, a media expert and professor at Portland State, understands the significance of the topic for the debate. "Media Consolidation is simultaneously one of the most important and least talked about issues facing our culture. The limitations consolidation places on democracy, free expression and public discourse are endless. Having the opportunity to hear this issue debated in a public format is something we all should take advantage of."
Josh Gross, one of the coordinators and senior members of the team concurs, "the fact of the matter is that the essential element of a functioning democracy is a functioning media. The two concepts are so intertwined that it's nearly useless to discuss one without the other."
When: Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
Where: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, room 327
Time: 7:00 pm
For more information about the British Exhibition Debate or about the Portland State debate team, contact Chris Richter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call 503-725-8283.
Along with holding public debates, the team also hosts a weekly radio show entitled "The Debate Hour," which can be heard every Wednesday from 3-4pm on KPSU (AM 1450).