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Whitworth Forensics Team to Debate with Irish Champions Apr. 5

March 23, 2017
The award-winning Whitworth forensics team will host the national debate champions of Ireland in a free, public exhibition. In this contest with our Irish visitors, Whitworth's forensics team will argue for the resolution “Liberty is the highest value.” The event will be held Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theater. For more information, please call (509) 777-4739.

“The Irish debate allows my debaters to discuss ideas and examine arguments in the format they love with thoughtful persons from another country,” says Mike Ingram, professor of communication studies and coach of Whitworth’s forensics and Ethics Bowl teams. “This models the type of communication exchange we hope all humans can have across borders, boundaries and intellectual divides.”

This will be the fifth consecutive year Whitworth has hosted the Irish national champions, whose team sometimes consist of law school students or graduate students in political science or philosophy.

Those who attend the debate, Ingram said, “will hear issues examined in depth, observe how an intellectual exchange can model civility in the pursuit of truth, and see how debaters from another country reason their way to a conclusion.”

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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