Cambridge Union Society Debates
Hofstra University sponsored debating workshops and two public debates March 24-26, 2014, partnering with the Cambridge Union Society, the world’s oldest continually operating debate society, to promote thoughtful public discourse about major policy issues. Visit Herbert School’s Flickr for photos.
The public debates featured mixed teams of students from Cambridge Union Society and Hofstra’s Department of Rhetoric and Honors College. The participating students from The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication were: Amanda Donato, Daniel Kounin, and Regan Hamm.
The debates tackled the following topics:
“Does America Need the Super-Rich?”
“Is Edward Snowden a Hero?”
In addition to the public debates, Cambridge Union Society officers conducted debating workshops for Hofstra undergraduate students and groups of local high school students.
The Cambridge Union Society, founded in 1815, is affiliated with the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. It is among the most distinguished debating societies in the world, with a mission of promoting free speech and participatory democracy, and training young people in the skills of public speaking and persuasive argument.
This event series was sponsored by Hofstra University Honors College’s Pete Teleha Memorial Fund; the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean Bernard Firestone, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Dean Evan Cornog, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; and the Hofstra Cultural Center.