Madison Cup Debate

April 16, 2013

Last week I had the opportunity to moderate the final round of the 13th annual Madison Cup Debate (and I judged a preliminary round). This public debate tournament is a fascinating long-table format with three teams (with two debaters per team) on each side. The debaters come from schools across the nation (and even one team from South Africa). This year's resolution was: "This house believes that natural gas should not be a cornerstone of US energy policy." I also moderated last year's final round (the photo is from then, with me just to the right of the trophy). The Madison Cup Debate is an excellent public forum full of logical arguments and evidence. I am glad a couple hundred students came to watch the final round and see what a real debate looks like (as opposed to what is seen on TV or in Congress).

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