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The British are coming! (to debate)

Our campus will host the British National Debate Team in a public debate on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Room 100 of the Ferguson Building. UNCG is one of only 14 stops—and the only one in North Carolina—on the British National Debate Team’s Fall 2011 United States tour.

This is apparently the first time that UNCG has hosted a leg of an international debate team tour.

The British team, carefully selected to represent the United Kingdom in international forums, consists of two debaters. Richard Robinson is a recent graduate from Manchester University. He was awarded a first class degree in law and will commence practice as commercial solicitor in 2013. Ben Jasper graduated from Wadham College, Oxford, with a first class degree in Modern History and an M.Phil. in Politics. He has just completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and is due to start work as a lawyer at Clifford Chance next August.

The public debate with students from UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

The topic is Resolved: That Article 5 (the principle of collective defense) of the NATO treaty should be abolished. The winner will be decided by audience vote.

The U.S. tour of the British National Debate Team is sponsored by the Committee on International Discussion and Debate, which has underwritten international student debate exchanges in conjunction with the National Communication Association since 1922. The National Communication Association is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization for communication educators.

The UNCG event is coordinated by Lloyd International Honors College, with support from the Kohler Fund of the UNCG International Programs Center and the English-Speaking Union of the United Kingdom.

Questions? Email Dr. Roy Schwartzman, Chancellor’s Resident Fellow at Lloyd International Honors College.