UD Social Justice Class to Hold Third Annual Debate

Apr 22, 2015 | Kristi Lynch

On Thursday, May 7, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., the University of Dubuque’s Honors Program will hold the third annual Social Justice Debate in Heritage Center’s John and Alice Butler Hall.  The intent of the debate is to illuminate two controversial topics.  Students will engage in parliamentary-style debating, which involves alternating rounds and audience participation.  Doors open at 5:30; the public is encouraged to attend this open event. 

Two topics will be the focus of the May 7 debate –compensation for NCAA Division I athletes and the use of torture in exceptional circumstances by the United States’ government.  Four students will debate each of the two topics – two arguing the affirmative and two arguing the negative.

In the case of whether NCAA Division I athletes should receive compensation, Taylor Althoff, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice and minoring in flight operations from Omaha, NE, and Icle Freeland, a junior elementary education major from Poplar Grove, IL, will argue the affirmative.  Anna Runge, a sophomore majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, from Davenport, IA, and Amanda Harrop, a sophomore majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, from Clinton, IA, will argue the negative.

The second debate focuses on whether the United States should use torture in exceptional circumstances. Gordon Musel, a sophomore double majoring in history and criminal justice from Tama, IA, and Matthew Vander Ploeg, a first-year flight operations major from Sibley, IA, will argue the affirmative. Elle Lannon, a junior majoring in criminal justice from Hudson, WI, and Shelby Flynn, a junior criminal major from Dubuque, IA, will argue the negative.

This event is open to the public; admission is free, but a ticket is required, and may be picked up at Farber Box Office inside Heritage Center, open from 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by calling 563.585.SHOW(7469), or online at www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.  Tickets will be available from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. the evening of the event.