A Light-hearted Debate
A really good debate can be just as exciting as a high-energy football game. The topics are announced beforehand and the two sides face off in a battle of wills, words and wisdom. This week, you can see a different sort of debate when University of Tampa students team up with four students from England's Cambridge University for UT's inaugural Cambridge Debate.
The CU students are part of a touring group of the prestigious Cambridge Union Society, a student organization that's been posing arguments since 1815. A warning to attendees: Cambridge Union debates are unlike American debates in that they encourage spontaneous rebuttal, not only from debaters, but also from the audience. Rather than pit nation against nation, UT students team up with the more experienced Cambridge debaters for a spirited exchange between participants and the audience, who are invited to ask questions, present their own views and determine the winning argument. The topic? Whether or not Britain should become the 51st state.
For more information, call 813-253-3333 (extension 3611) or send an e-mail to [email protected]. 8 p.m. Mon., April 11. Plant Hall, University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.