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 ScheduleTopic: California Proposition 209: Dead End or Blueprint for the Future?
Since 1996, California Proposition 209 has mandated that the state “shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” The implementation of this proposition resulted in an immediate decline in the admission rates for under-represented minorities at the University of California. Now, over twenty years later, as the nation’s courts continue to consider affirmative action in college admissions, the question is whether California’s unique path has been a dead-end or provides a blueprint for the future. Have the campuses of the University of California changed for the better or the worse since Proposition 209? Has there been overall an improvement or a deterioration in educational opportunities for students from a variety of backgrounds?
David Pan, Professor of German and Chair of European Languages and Studies, European Languages and Studies, School of Humanities
William Schonfeld, Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences
Nicole Mitchell, Professor of Music, Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Brook Thomas, Chancellor's Professor of English, School of Humanities
Moderator: Douglas Haynes, Professor of History and Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Where: Crystal Cove Auditorium
When: March 1, 5-6:30pm
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, Ayala Science Library
When: Select Wednesdays, 4-5:30pm
Space is limited. RSVP for the workshop below.
Below are the dates for the workshop series.
Oct. 25 – "Escaping the Echo Chamber: Seeking Out Various Opinions & Playing Devil’s Advocate"
Amber Clontz & Jonathan Alexander
Jan. 10 – “Beyond Pro/Con: Complexity and Nuance in Argument”
James D. Herbert