Event Archives 2011-2012

Let’s Talk About Sex: The Comprehensive Sex Education Controversy in Public Schools – 4/3/12

The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah Speech and Debate Team) is pleased to host the Irish Times national debate champions in a debate titled “Let’s Talk About Sex: The Comprehensive Sex Education Controversy in Public Schools.” The debate will focus on the controversy, merit and effectiveness of comprehensive sex education in public schools. 

What:
“Let’s Talk About Sex: The Comprehensive Sex Education Controversy in Public Schools”
presented by the John R. Park Debate Society
Who:
Irish Times National Debate Champions, University of Utah Speech and Debate Team
When:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 5:30PM – 7:00PM
Where:
Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building (SFEBB), Room 1110

Since 1960, the Irish Times newspaper has sponsored a highly competitive debate tournament among Irish institutions of higher education with the grand prize of a tour of American universities and debate teams. This year, Eoin Kelleher and Elizabeth Ahern-Flynn of the Royal College of Surgeons were the winning debate team and the top individual debater was Michael Conroy of the University College Dublin Medical Society. These three champions will visit Utah from April 1stthrough April 4th to learn about the University of Utah, the history of Utah and American styles of debate.

The topic of comprehensive sex education is an especially controversial topic in both Utah and Ireland. The Utah Legislature in the recent 2012 legislative session passed House Bill 363- Health Education Amendments prohibiting comprehensive sexual education in Utah public schools, including all discussion of homosexuality, contraception or sex outside of marriage. In Ireland and Northern Ireland, various health departments have reported that a common standard of relationship and sexuality education in Irish public schools does not exist and that students receive the majority of their sexual education from peers. The public debate between Utah’s debaters and the Irish national debate champions will address this important question being interrogated by legislators, government officials, and educators in both Ireland and the United States.

The event is free and open to the public.

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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.

Time for Revolution?: Debating the OCCUPY Movement – 12/8/11

The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah Forensics Team) is pleased to host folk singer, activist and protester David Rovics, as well as the acclaimed slam poetry team, Salt City Slam, in a symposium titled “Time for Revolution? Debating the OCCUPY Movement” focused on the controversy, merit and effectiveness of civil disobedience in light of the recent proliferation of Occupy protests around the country, including in Salt Lake City. The event details are as follows:
 
What:
“Time for Revolution? Debating the OCCUPY Movement” presented by the John R. Park Debate Society
Who:
David Rovics, Salt Lake Slam Poetry, University of Utah Speech and Debate Team
When:
Thursday, December 8, 2011 7:00- 9:30pm
Where:
Dumke Auditorium located in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building at the University of Utah
Folk singer David Rovics has been called the “musical version of Democracy Now” by Amy Goodman and has been praised around the globe for his poignant and poetic lyrics. His most recent song titled, “Occupy Wall Street- We’re Going To Say Right Here” offers support and solidarity to Occupy Wall Street protesters around the world. To hear David Rovics’ music and learn about his activism, visit his website at www. davidrovics.com.
Salt City Slam is an active slam poetry team performing and competing throughout Utah and the nation. Their poetry covers a wide array of social and personal themes, including issues of liberty, corruption and revolution. Members of the team will be sharing original poetry centered around the theme of civil disobedience and political protests.
In addition, the University of Utah Forensics Team will be conducting a demonstration debate on the resolution, “Resolved: Civil disobedience is justified in response to institutional corruption.”
 
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. Information about the event can be found under the “Public Events” link.
For video of the event, click here.