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The Great Debate: Has President Obama Earned a Second Term?

October 22nd, 2012 in College of Communication 0 comments

On Thursday, November 1, just days before Election Day, the College of Communication‘s Department of Journalism will host “The Great Debate: Has President Obama Earned a Second Term?”

During this formal debate, two teams, each consisting of two guest speakers and one Boston University student, will go head-to-head to present arguments and rebuttals on issues of great importance in the November 6th election.

Participants include:

  • Mary Anne Marsh, Democratic political analyst on the FOX News Channel
  • William R. Keylor, professor of international relations and author of A World of Nations: The International Order since 1945
  • Bing West, co-author of the recently published Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
  • John Podhoretz, columnist, editor and former speechwriter for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. H. Bush
  • Aaron Heller (CAS ’14)
  • Michael Neminski (CAS ’15)

Audience members will play an active role in the conversation and, after hearing from both sides, will ultimately choose the winning team.

The Great Debate will take place at the Tsai Performance Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Great Debate, Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Who Stands in the Way?

November 10th, 2011 in Live Chats 1 comment

On Tuesday, November 15 from 6:30-8:30 pm, journalism professor Robert Zelnick, will moderate the Great Debate at the Tsai Performance Center. The debate, the 29th in the series, is modeled after the Cambridge and Oxford University Union Societies’ public discussions. This year’s event will bring together students, faculty and scholars to discuss who’s to blame for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The panelists arguing that Israeli leadership is responsible include Hussein Ibish, Ph.D, a senior research fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, Geoffrey Aronson from the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and BU student Justin Bourke (COM ’13). They will face off against Robert J. Lieber, Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University, Joshua Muravchik, Ph.D, a Foreign Policy Institute Fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and BU student Phillip Kisubika (COM ’13).

The two teams will go head-to-head for about an hour, followed by 20 minutes of audience discussion and rebuttals. The Great Debate is a free event open to the Boston University community and general public. Please contact Lauren Glaser with any questions at leglaser@bu.edu.

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