The British are coming to Assumption College

The British are coming March 25 at 8 p.m. to Hagan Campus Center Hall at Assumption College for a public debate on the existence of the war on terror. The Cambridge Union Society, a debating team on tour from England’s University of Cambridge, and four Assumption students will field mixed teams to present arguments on either side of the question. This event is free, and open to the campus community and the public.

Four Assumption seniors, Max Ebacher, Matthew Owens, Matthew Jose and Josie Brown, have been selected to participate in the debate. The students have been working with political science professor Geoffrey Vaughan to prepare for the event. Vaughan also directs the College’s Fortin and Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program. The students were chosen for their knowledge about the topic, “This house believes that there is no war on terror,” and their debating experience. Their preparation has focused on learning the format for a traditional British debate. Also, they are doing scholarly research on the subject of terrorism.

For almost two centuries, the Cambridge Union Society has stood as a vibrant center of debate and free speech in the intellectual life at Cambridge University. The society is fiercely independent and often at the center of controversy. Though shut down temporarily in 1815 for being too contentious, the society has become an integral part of student life in Cambridge.

In pairs, the Assumption students will join Cambridge Union Society teams on opposite sides of the debate. Matt Owens and Josie Brown will take the Government view on the question (affirmative), and Max Ebacher and Matt Jose will join the opposition. Each team will include two Cambridge Union debaters as well.

All are welcome to enjoy an evening of lively debate. This event is sponsored by Assumption’s Student Government Association, the Office of the Dean of Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews