Madison Cup Debate

April 23, 2014

Last week I had the opportunity to moderate the final round of the 14th annual Madison Cup Debate. 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. This year's resolution was: "This house believes that warrantless electronic surveillance by the U.S. government has done more harm than good." This was my third time to moderate the final round, and I felt this year's round was particularly good (the photo is from last year). 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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