Events Archive 2013-2014

John R. Park Debate Society Special Event – Film Screening: After Tiller – 1/22/2014

The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah Forensics Team) is pleased to announce its public event for Spring 2014. This spring the Debate Society will be hosting a special event. The event will feature a film screening of the documentary, “After Tiller.” The film, which was an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, explores issues related to abortion in the United States and specifically focuses on the four doctors in the United States still performing late-term (third trimester) abortions. Filmmaker Magazine called the film, “the most compelling and important documentary of the year,” and The Hollywood Reporter observed that, “Whether one is pro-life, pro-choice, or without an opinion, After Tiller provides personal insight into a heart-wrenching, complex reality.”

What: “After Tiller”: A film screening presented by the John R. Park Debate Society
Who: Special Presentation after the film by Planned Parenthood of Utah
When: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building (CTIHB), Room 109, University of Utah Campus

Following the event, Heather Stringfellow, Vice President for Public Policy at Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, will conduct an information session and discussion of issues related to the film. Audience members are welcome to participate and encouraged to join a civil conversation about a complex and important issue.

The John R. Park Debate Society at the University of Utah is an intercollegiate competitive debate team. Founded in 1869, the organization has hosted biannual forums for the past several years in an effort to educate the public and to facilitate civil dialogue about contentious political and social issues.

The event is free and open to the public. Regular campus parking regulations will be in effect.

For additional information, please contact Michael Middleton (m.middleton@utah.edu; 801-581-6454) and visit the University of Utah Forensics website at debate.utah.edu.

Life Divided: The Nat’l Debate Over Immigration Reform – 10/2/13

The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah Forensics Team) is pleased to host Tony Yapias (Proyecto Latino de Utah), Robert “Bob” Wren (Utahns for Immigration Reform & Enforcement), Jean Hill (Salt Lake Catholic Diocese), and Arturo Morales-Llan (Legal Immigrants for Immigration Law Enforcement) in a public forum focused on the controversial topic of citizenship and immigration reform. The event will be moderated by Carolynn Camp (University of Utah Conflict Resolution Certificate Program) and is co-sponsored by the University of Utah MUSE Project.

What:     Life Divided: The National Debate Over Immigration Reform, presented by the John R. Park Debate Society
Who:      Tony Yapias (Proyecto Latino de Utah), Robert “Bob” Wren (Utahns for Immigration Reform & Enforcement), Jean Hill (Salt Lake Catholic Diocese), and Arturo Morales-Llan (Legal Immigrants for Immigration Law Enforcement).

When:    Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where:   Social Work Auditorium, University of Utah Campus

In light of Representative Chris Stewart’s proposal for  legal status for undocumented immigrants short of citizenship, the John R. Park Debate Society is hosting a public forum and demonstration debate on the topic of immigration. Stewart’s proposal would provide legal status for undocumented immigrants that would allow them to live in the United States without imprisonment or deportation after appropriate penalties. However, the proposal would not allow these same immigrants a special pathway to United States citizenship. Those here illegally, who desire citizenship, would go through the same process of all other legal immigrants. Guests in this event have been active participants in state-wide and national debates about immigration reform efforts. It will be moderated by Carolynn Camp, the Director of the University of Utah’s Conflict Resolution Certificate Program.

In addition, the University of Utah Forensics Team will be conducting a demonstration debate on the resolution, “Resolved: The United States Federal Government should pass Representative Chris Stewart’s special citizenship proposal for undocumented immigrants living in the US.”

The John R. Park Debate Society at the University of Utah is an intercollegiate competitive debate team. Founded in 1869, the organization has hosted biannual forums for the past several years in an effort to educate the public and to facilitate civil dialogue about contentious political and social issues. This fall, the event is co-sponsored by the University of Utah MUSE Project in cooperation with their annual campus discussion theme which is citizenship for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, please contact Michael Middleton (m.middleton@utah.edu; 801-581-6454) and visit the University of Utah Forensics website at debate.utah.edu.

 Click here for video of the student demonstration debate.

 Click here for video of the panel discussion.

 Click here for coverage of the event by ABC4 TV.