Office of the Chancellor

Great Debates

The Great Debates

The Great Debates Series is designed to develop proactive, informed and conscientious citizens and future leaders by providing a forum for respectful and substantive discussion of contentious issues relevant in today’s world. The series will exemplify civil discourse within our campus community through organized debates, hosted by an academic school, Speech and Debate Club at UCI or administrative unit. The topics selected for debate will be relevant and interesting for students, staff and faculty**. A post-debate reception will follow each event so participants can delve deeper into the topic, explore communication styles, or simply enjoy good conversation.

*** The positions taken by debaters during debates do not necessarily reflect their personal viewpoints.

2018 Schedule



Workshop series

This workshop series provides students with a unique opportunity to develop skills and ways of thinking about debate, argument, and persuasion in contemporary society. Each expert workshop presenter and facilitator focuses on a particular aspect of debate, from effective listening to considering multiple viewpoints. Join us for an interactive learning experience to help you consider how you might become more persuasive and argue more effectively.

Where: The Writing Center, Science Library (except for November 15 workshop)

When: Thursdays, 4-5:30pm 

Space is limited. RSVP for the workshop below.


2018-19 Schedule

Below are the dates for the workshop series. 

Nov. 1 – "Escaping the Echo Chamber: Seeking Out Various Opinions & Playing Devil’s Advocate"
Amber Clontz, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communications
Location: Science Library 193

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Nov. 15 -  "Freedom of Speech and The Role of the University -- Conversing Beyond the Partisan Divide in 2018"
Mohammad Rafi, Ph.D., Lecturer in Humanities Core
Location: Anteater Learning Pavilion 2200
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Dec. 6 – “Imaging the Adversary: The Fiction Writer's Toolkit for Argument” 
Brendon Park, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication
Location: Science Library 193
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Jan. 10 – “Telling a Story with Data: a PowerPoint/Keynote Workshop” 
Percival Guevarra, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication
Location: Science Library 193
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Jan. 31 – “Unruly Rhetorics: Some Problems with Civility in Public Discourse”
Susan Jarratt, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature
Location: Science Library 193

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Feb. 21 – “Do Wake the Neighbors: Navigating the Town Hall”
Courtney Santos, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication
Location: Science Library 193
 
Feb. 28  “Getting Personal: When & How the Personal Matters in Argumentation”
Kerri McCanna, ESL Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication
Location: Science Library 193
 
April 4 – “The Standoff: How to Navigate Incompatible Premises” 
Brad Queen, Associate Professor of Teaching and Director, Composition Program
Location: Science Library 193
 
April 25 “I Respectfully Disagree: Staying Friends after the Fact”
Percival Guevarra, ESL Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication
Location: Science Library 193
 
May 16 – “‘Advocacy Update: Writing for Social Media”
Lindsey Allgood, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication
Location: Science Library 193