Friday, December 1, 2017
Historic Whittemore House, Washington, D.C.
(As part of the PSO's Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy)
The Westminster Debates are co-sponsored by American Public University, in cooperation with the Director of Forensics at Texas State University, Dr. Wayne L. Kraemer. Recent debates took place on January 10, 2014, discussed the motion: "This house believes that American higher education ill-prepares students for professional life."
Be sure to check back for more information as the program develops.
The Westminster Debates are not a new idea!
At Oxford University, a venerable organization, the Oxford Union since 1823 has done a tremendous work over many years in promoting the art of public discussion. Do look at their website.
University of Oxford, Oxford Union
We feel that anything that can be done to encourage the quality of public discourse will work for better solutions to problems.
Debate, Oxford Union
We think that everyone benefits from more knowledge of the parliamentary tradition, which is certainly as, or even more widespread than what is sometimes regarded as the only democratic approach, the bicameral legislature and president.
Westminster, British House of Commons
We believe that the ability to argue well is a neglected part of learning.
We think that issues like online education are issues that lend themselves to this style of discussion.