Spring Public Debate – Appreciation vs. Appropriation: A Conversation about the UofU’s Drum and Feather

The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah Speech and Debate Team) is pleased to announce its Spring public event. This semester’s John R. Park Public Debate will focus on a topic of significance to students at the University of Utah, as well as the broader off-campus community of University of Utah supporters. The event will focus on critiques of and arguments for the University’s drum and feather logo, as well as the “Ute” nickname. In addition to a public debate aimed at putting ideas about this topic in conversation with one another, an audience discussion of the same topics will conclude the event.

What:   Appreciation vs. Appropriation: A Conversation about the UofU’s Drum and Feather

-Presented by the John R. Park Debate Society, the Department of Communication, and the College of Humanities at the University of Utah                                                                                                                

Who:    The John R. Park Debate Society, Professor of Communication Danielle Endres, and Director of the U’s American Indian Resource Center Franci Taylor

When: Wednesday, April 19, 7-9PM

Where: Carolynn Tanner Irish Humanities Building, Room 109 (CTIHB 109)                                                215 S. Central Campus Dr., SLC, UT, 84112

In cooperation with the University of Utah’s American Indian Resource Center, the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society and The Department of Communication will host another installment of the century-old John R. Park Debates. This Spring, members of the John R. Park Debate Society will offer a demonstration debate featuring arguments for and against the use of the drum and feather logo, as well as the Ute nickname, on campus. Following this debate, the audience will be invited to discuss these issues as part of an audience dialogue co-facilitated by Professor of Communication, Danielle Endres, and Director of the U’s American Indian Resource Center, Franci Taylor

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 John R. Park Debate Society’s website at debate.utah.edu.

JOHN R. PARK DEBATE SOCIETY EARNS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Over the weekend, the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society earned the season-long national championship awarded by the National Parliamentary Debate Association and finished in sixth place (first in Pac-12) at the NPDA National Championship Tournament held at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“This year’s success in the season-long rankings marks a historic level of success for the John R. Park Debate Society and cements the U as the most successful collegiate debate program in the state,” said Michael Middleton, director of the debate society. “The staff and students of the debate society could not be more thrilled to have helped achieve this accomplishment on behalf of the U.”

The overall rankings, which determine the season-long championship, are based on points earned from tournaments throughout the year. This year, the U broke the record for most points earned in a single a season by a public institution and established the second highest point total in the NPDA’s history, solidifying their number one position. Importantly, these rankings are a squad-wide honor reflecting the overall strength of the U’s 18 active debaters.

The weekend tournament included more than 140 teams from 41 universities and colleges. In addition to the debate society’s collective success, the U advanced four debate partnerships to elimination rounds and senior Alex Cadena earned an NPDA All-American Award and freshman Jacob McShane earned fifth place among all first-year competitors at the tournament.

“I am very proud of my team,” said Cadena. “We are a young and large squad compared to other schools. For the team to come together, work together and encourage each other to achieve the top ranking is a tremendous success. This year I have seen people on the team go from little to no forensics experience, to developing the skills, confidence and courage to take on the top debaters in the nation. Witnessing and being a part of this has been an honor.”

The week prior to achieving their national championship, the debate society also participated in the by invitation-only event, the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence. At that tournament, senior Jesse Hedin and sophomore Skyler Hektner placed 13 out of 52 teams. Hedin finished as the 15th ranked competitor out of a field of 104 college debaters.

Sponsored and housed in the Department of Communication in the College of Humanities, the debate society welcomes undergraduate students from any major and any year to participate in activities. Students compete in five tournaments a semester and have finished in the top 10 for the past three years.

“My experience on this team has been life changing. I transferred from a small community college, with the intentions of competing on the John R. Park Debate Society. The two years I’ve spent on the team have been one of the steepest learning curves I have ever experienced. This team has the greatest coaching staff in the nation. My coaches invested countless hours into my education. They cared about my success as a person not just as a competitor,” added Cadena.

Founded in 1869, the John R. Park Debate Society 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, high school clinics for area high schools and a summer forensics institute that includes more than 100 participants from over a dozen states.

John R. Park Debate Society Dominates Spring Competition; Sets New Team Records

During the opening weeks of the Spring semester, the John R. Park Debate Society competed in 4 tournaments in three states dominating the competition and setting new team records. Across these four tournament alone, the Debate Society earned over 60 individual awards and a half dozen squad-wide awards. Notably, the team will enter the national tournament season with a record number of teams (6) qualified to the prestigious National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, and all-time team record for number of season-long sweepstakes points earned by the U, and, possibly, a record number of entries qualified to the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament. While final national results will not be decided until late March, the first four tournaments of the Spring semester bode well for the teams future success. Results include:

Great Salt Lake & Mile High Swings (University of Utah, Jan. 5-8, 2017)

Team Awards

1st Place – Individual Event Tournament Sweepstakes (Tournament 2)

3rd Place – Individual Event Swing Sweepstakes

Debate Awards

Quarterfinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jesse Hedin & Skyler Hektner

Individual Event Awards (pt. 1)

1st Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Zachary Ray

2nd Place – Duo Interpretation – Zachary Ray & Sierra Johnson-Golding

2nd Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Jay Meza

5th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Shad Wojciechowski

5th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Jay Meza

7th Place – After-Dinner Speaking – Jay Meza

Individual Event Awards (pt. 2)

1st Place – Informative Speaking – Maria DeMarco

1st Place – Persuasive Speaking – Jacob McShane

1st Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Zachary Ray

2nd Place – Duo Interpretation – Gabi Piril & Alex Cadena

2nd Place – Informative Speaking – Averie Vockel

2nd Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Jay Meza

3rd Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Skyler Hektner

3rd Place – Impromptu Speaking – Jay Meza

3rd Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Gabi Piril

4th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Skyler Hektner

4th Place – Prose Interpretation – Maria DeMarco

5th Place – After-Dinner Speaking – Jay Meza

5th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Maxton Cline

6th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Maxton Cline

Winter at the Beach Invitational (CSU-Long Beach, Feb. 2-5, 2017)

Individual Events Awards

2nd Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Shad Wojciechowski

6th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Jay Meza

Sunset Cliffs Invitational (Pt. Loma Nazarene Univ, Feb. 9-12, 207)

Special Awards

Quintilian Award for Excellence in Forensics Education – Michael Middleton

Team Awards

4th Place – Individual Event Tournament Sweepstakes (Tournament 1)

5th Place – Tournament Sweepstakes: Debate & Individual Events (Tournament 2)

Debate Awards

Double Octafinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Averie Vockel & Jacob McShane

Octafinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Maxton Cline & Bryson Griffith

Individual Event Awards (pt. 1)

2nd Place – Communication Analysis – Maria DeMarco

2nd Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Gabi Piril

3rd Place – Impromptu Speaking – Alex Cadena

4th Place – After-Dinner Speaking – Averie Vockel

4th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Alex Cadena

7th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Maxton Cline

7th Place – Prose Interpretation – Maria DeMarco

Individual Event Awards (pt. 2)

2nd Place – Communication Analysis – Maria DeMarco

6th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Maxton Cline

Western States Communication Association Invitational (Univ. of Utah, Feb. 16-19, 2017)

Team Awards

1st Place – Best in the West (Season-long Award)

1st Place – Tournament Sweepstakes (4-year division)

Debate Awards

1st Place – Open Parliamentary Debate – Skyler Hektner & Jesse Hedin

Semifinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Gabi Piril & Maria DeMarco

Quarterfinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Bryson Griffith & Maxton Cline

Quarterfinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jose Soto & Braden Hooton

Quarterfinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Courtney Nilson & Shad Wojciechowski

Octafinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Chris De Freitas & Brooks Bergmann

Octafinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Anthony Iovino & Bryan Cassellman

Octafinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jacob McShane & Averie Vockel

Octafinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Saige Miller & Alex Cadena

3rd Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Skyler Hektner

4th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Maria DeMarco

5th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jesse Hedin

6th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Gabi Piril

7th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jose Soto

8th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Averie Vockel

9th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Saige Miller

10th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Braden Hooton

Individual Event Awards

1st Place – Communication Analysis – Chris De Freitas

1st Place – Dramatic Interpretation – Jose Soto

1st Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Skyler Hektner

1st Place – Impromptu Speaking – Skyler Hektner

3rd Place – Impromptu Speaking – Maxton Cline

3rd Place – Poetry Interpretation – Pricilla Fehoko

3rd Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Jay Meza

3rd Place – Prose Interpretation – Sierra Johnson-Golding

4th Place – Duo Interpretation – Gabi Piril & Alex Cadena

5th Place – After-Dinner Speaking – Shad Wojciechowski

5th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Courtney Nilson

6th Place – Dramatic Interpretation – Gabi Piril

John R. Park Debate Society Concludes Record-Setting Semester

On December 2-4, the John R. Park Debate Society completed its Fall 2016 competitive season at the Western Wyoming and Central Wyoming Swing hosted by Western Wyoming Community College and Central Wyoming College. The competition featured 10 colleges and universities, including University of Wyoming, The Colorado College, Utah State University, and Colorado State University-Pueblo. 21 students attended the tournament and excelled across a variety of competitive events, ending what has been the team’s most successful semester in its history. Below you will find an overview of some key Fall 2016 accomplishments, as well as the specific results from the past weekend.

Fall 2016 Overview

-The John R. Park Debate Society has accrued more points toward end-of-season national rankings in a single semester than in any year of competition in its history.

-The John R. Park Debate Society’s win percentage in debate exceeds 75%.

-A team from the The John R. Park Debate Society won 80% of the debate tournaments attended by the team.

-Members of the team have individually won nearly a 100 different awards across speaking and debate events.

-The John R. Park Debate Society has set a fall semester record by qualifying 5 students in 7 events to nationals.

-The Debate Society hosted 5 different campaign debates for state legislative office.

-The Debate Society hosted the Rwandan National Debate Team

-The Debate Society hosted its largest high school competition in history (1000+ students and teachers) and the largest in the State of Utah.

Western Wyoming/Central Wyoming Swing Results 

Overall Awards

1st Place – Tournament Sweepstakes

1st Place – Debate Sweepstakes

1st Place – Individual Event Sweepstakes (Part One)

1st Place – Individual Event Sweepstakes (Part Two)

Debate Awards

Co-Champions/Finalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jose Soto & Braden Hooton

Co-Champions/Finalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Chris de Freitas & Brooks Bergmann

Semifinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Gabi Piril & William Doyle

Quarterfinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Morgan Vanderveen & Averie Vockel

Quarterfinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Maxton Cline & Bryson Griffith

Quarterfinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Shad Wojciechowski & Courtney Nilson

Quarterfinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Alex Cadena & Saige Miller

Octafinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jacob McShane & Anthony Iovino

Debate Speaking Awards

1st Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jose Soto
2nd Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – William Doyle
2nd Place Speaker – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Brooks Bergmann
4th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Chris de Freitas
5th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Maxton Cline
6th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Braden Hooton
7th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Bryson Griffith
8th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Saige Miller
10th Place Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Gabi Piril

Individual Event Awards

First Tournament – December 3, 2016

1st Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Maxton Cline
1st Place – Impromptu Speaking – William Doyle
1st Place – Poetry Interpretation – Jose Soto
1st Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Jose Soto
2nd Place – Dramatic Interpretation – Zachary Ray
2nd Place – Persuasive Speaking – Morgan Vanderveen
2nd Place – Prose Interpretation – Zachary Ray
3rd Place – Communication Analysis – Chris de Freitas
3rd Place – Persuasive Speaking – Maria DeMarco
4th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Shad Wojciechowski
4th Place – Persuasive Speaking – Jacob McShane
4th Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Jay Meza
5th Place – Informative Speaking – Maria DeMarco
6th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Jay Meza
6th Place – Informative Speaking – Saige Miller

Second Tournament – December 4, 2016

1st Place – Dramatic Interpretation – Zachary Ray
1st Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Shad Wojciechowski
1st Place – Persuasive Speaking – Morgan Vanderveen
1st Place – Poetry Interpretation – Jose Soto
1st Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Jose Soto
2nd Place – Communication Analysis – Chris de Freitas
2nd Place – Persuasive Speaking – Jacob McShane
2nd Place – Prose Interpretation – Zachary Ray
3rd Place – Impromptu Speaking – Jay Meza
3rd Place – Informative Speaking – Maria DeMarco
3rd Place – Persuasive Speaking – Maria DeMarco
3rd Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Gabi Piril
4th Place – Duo Interpretation – Gabi Piril & Alex Cadena
4th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Courtney Nilson
4th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Maxton Cline
4th Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Jay Meza
6th Place – Persuasive Speaking – Braden Hooton

John R. Park Debate Society Wins Four Events in California

On November 3-6, the John R. Park Debate Society continued its competitive season at the Robert Barbara Invitational held at California State University-Northridge. The competition featured twenty-five colleges and universities, including Arizona State University, San Diego State University, and the University of California-Berkeley. 15 students attended the tournament and excelled across a variety of competitive events. Honors earned by the team include:

Debate Awards

1st Place/Tournament Champions – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jesse Hedin & Skyler Hektner

Quarterfinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Courtney Nilson & Shad Wojciechowski

Quarterfinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Braden Hooton & Jose Soto

Octafinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Maxton Cline & Bryson Griffith

Octafinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Saige Miller & Alex Cadena

2nd Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Maxton Cline

4th Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Saige Miller

6th Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Bryson Griffith

8th Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jose Soto

Individual Event Awards

First Tournament – November 4, 2016

1st Place – Persuasive Speaking – Maria DeMarco

4th Place – Informative Speaking – Maria DeMarco

Second Tournament – November 4, 2016

1st Place – Persuasive Speaking – Maria DeMarco

1st Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Maxton Cline

2nd Place – Impromptu Speaking – Skyler Hektner

3rd Place – Informative Speaking – Maria DeMarco

4th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Wil Doyle

5th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Jay Meza

5th Place – Poetry Interpretation – Jose Soto

Overall Awards

2nd Place – Four Year All-Around Sweepstakes

4th Place – Debate Sweepstakes

John R. Park Debate Society Wins Three Events at Colorado College

The John R. Park Debate Society kicked off the Halloween Weekend by continuing its competitive season at the Al Johnson Invitational held at Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO; Oct. 29-31). The competition featured fifteen colleges and universities, including Rice University, Ohio University, and the United States Air Force Academy. Of the nine students in attendance, six entered the Al Johnson as their inaugural college competition. Despite recently joining the team, they sustained the Debate Society’s tradition of excellence across a broad range of competitive events. 
 
Individual Event Awards
 
1st Place – Dramatic Interpretation – Zachary Ray
1st Place – Poetry Interpretation – Jose Soto
1st Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Jose Soto
3rd Place – Dramatic Interpretation – Sierra Golding-Johnson
3rd Place – Prose Interpretation – Zachary Ray
4th Place – Persuasive Speaking – Braden Hooton
5th Place – Prose Interpretation – Brooks Bergmann
5th Place – Informative Speaking – Averie Vockel
5th Place – Communication Analysis – Chris de Freitas 
6th Place – Prose Interpretation – Sierra Golding-Johnson
 
Debate Awards
Octa-finalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jose Soto & Braden Hooton
9th Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jose Doyle
 
Overall Awards
3rd Place – Individual Events Sweepstakes
3rd Place – All-Around (combined) Sweepstakes

John R. Park Debate Society Wins Top Honors at University of Nevada – Reno

This past weekend, the John R. Park Debate Society continued its competitive season at the Biggest Little City Classic held at University of Nevada, Reno (Sept. 21-23). The competition featured nineteen colleges and universities, including Cal-Berkeley, Boise State University, and University of the Pacific. The seven students in attendance earned honors in both debate and public speaking competition.
 
Debate Awards
1st Place – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Gabi Piril & William Doyle
 
Debate Speaker Awards
3rd Speaker – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Gabi Piril
8th Speaker – Junior Parliamentary Debate – William Doyle
 
Individual Event Awards
2nd Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – William Doyle
3rd Place – Informative Speaking – Saige Miller
4th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Alex Cadena
5th Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Gabi Piril
5th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Jay Meza
7th Place – After Dinner Speaking – Jay Meza
 

John R. Park Debate Society Opens Season with Top Honors

The John R. Park Debate Society opened its competitive season for the year at the Rocky Mountain Classic held at Colorado State University-Pueblo (Sept. 23-25). The competition featured colleges and universities from seven states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming), including Texas Tech University, Concordia University, and San Diego State University. The thirteen students in attendance earned top honors at the tournament in several events, as well as in overall competition.
 
University Level Awards
1st Place – Overall Tournament Sweepstakes
2nd Place – Debate Sweepstakes
3rd Place – Individual Event Sweepstakes
 
Individual Event Awards
1st Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Gabi Priel
1st Place – Persuasive Speaking – Morgan Vanderveen
1st Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Skyler Hektner
2nd Place – Informative Speaking – Averie Vockel
2nd Place – After Dinner Speaking – Jesse Hedin
2nd Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – William Doyle
3rd Place – Informative Speaking – Saige Miller
4th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Shad Wojciechowski
5th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Alex Cadena
 
Debate Awards
1st Place – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Shad Wojciechowski & Courtney Nilson
2nd Place – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Gabi Piril & William Doyle
2nd Place – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jesse Hedin & Skyler Hektner
3rd Place – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Maxton Cline & Bryson Griffith
3rd Place – Open Parliamentary Debate – Morgan Vanderveen & Averie Vockel
 
Debate Speaker Awards
2nd Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Morgan Vanderveen
4th Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Averie Vockel
4th Speaker – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Maxton Cline
5th Speaker – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Courtney Nilson
7th Speaker – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Bryson Griffith
10th Speaker – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Shad Wojciechowski

John R. Park Debate Society Hosts Rwandan National Debate Team

The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah Speech and Debate Team) is pleased to host the IDebate Rwanda’s Rwandan National Team during their tour of the United States. Their tour will include a public debate that will consider the resolution: Resolved: Truth commissions are an insufficient response to genocide.

What:   “Voices from a Post-Genocide Generation”: A Public Debate, featuring The Rwandan National Debate Team and The John R. Park Debate Society

Who: The Rwandan National Debate Team & The University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016; 5:00PM – 6:30PM

Where: Carolynn Tanner Irish Humanities Building, Room 101 (CTIHB 101); 215 S. Central Campus Dr., SLC, UT, 84112

In cooperation with IDebate Rwanda, the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society and The Department of Communication will host The Rwandan National Debate Team. This year, Furaha Amos, Intwali Murangira Bruce, Isabane Muhumuliza Harmonie, Bayingana Kirezi Sharon, and Kagabo Kamparage Angela will represent the Rwandan National Debate Team. The Rwandan debaters will visit Salt Lake City from October 19-21, 2016. During their visit, they will tour the University of Utah and Salt Lake City. The centerpiece of their visit is a public debate with the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society. The debate will consider the resolution: Resolved: Truth commissions are an insufficient response to genocide.

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 John R. Park Debate Society’s website at debate.utah.edu.

For more information about IDebate Rwanda, visit: http://www.debaterwanda.org.

John R. Park Debate Society Announces 2016 Election Debate Series

The John R. Park Debate Society announced today it is again joining with the ABU Education Fund, an affiliate of Alliance for a Better Utah, to host Utah’s only legislative debates of the 2016 election cycle. This biennial debate series is an opportunity for leaders to engage with the public and express their views before the upcoming general elections.

The debate series also hopes to offer a state school board district debate and a gubernatorial debate.

Debate invitations have been extended to the following races:

  • Governor of Utah – Governor Gary Herbert and Mr. Michael Weinholtz
  • House District 34 – Karen Kwan and Macade Jensen
  • House District 38 – Charles Henderson and Eric Hutchings
  • House District 44 – Bruce Cutler and Christine Passey
  • House District 49 – Robert Spendlove and Zach Robinson
  • State School Board District 11 – Lisa Cummins and Erin Preston

Debates will be held in-district and will be scheduled for one hour, from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, followed by a half-hour “Candidate Meet-and-Greet.” Debates will be streamed live and will be broadcast on public radio. Updated details will be provided as they are finalized.

Josh Kanter, board chair and founder of the ABU Education Fund, made the following statement ahead of the planned debates:

“Robust political speech and debate is a key element of a well-functioning democracy. As more of our collective focus increasingly centers around presidential and national politics, the ABU Education Fund is committed to ensuring that our local and state politicians are provided a platform where their viewpoints can be heard and weighed by their constituents and we are excited to partner again with the prestigious John R. Park Debate Society of the University of Utah.”

Director of the John R. Park Debate Society, Michael Middleton, added:

“We are thrilled to again partner with the ABU Education Fund to host these debates. Not only do they provide an outstanding learning opportunity for the graduate and undergraduate students involved in their production, they also help to sustain the John R. Park Debate Society’s commitment to the role of open dialogue and debate as a cornerstone of democracy and informed political participation.”

For more information as it is available, visit: http://abueducationfund.org/debates/2016-debate-series/