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Stephen Llano to Run International Debate Workshop

Stephen Llano to Run International Debate Workshop

Stephen Llano

The Penn State Speech & Debate Society will be hosting Stephen Llano, the Director of Debate at St. John's University, for a workshop on argumentation and debate on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:00pm in 209 Willard. If you are interested in learning how teams from Britain, France, China, Japan, and many other countries debate, as well as participating in the Speech & Debate Society, please invite your students to come and attend what should be a fun and engaging event.

Dr. Llano is a frequently requested media commentator on civic debate issues, including the United States Presidential debates, as well as issues facing competitive debate globally. His pieces can be read on his academic blog (www.progymnasmata.net) and seen in the top debate publications in the world such as the Monash Debate Review and Achte Minute. He has been invited to teach and lecture on rhetoric and debate in several countries including Hungary, Ukraine, and Japan. He also assisted in the founding of other debating societies such as the debate society at Adelphi University and The King’s College Debate Society, both in the New York City area.

CDD Fellows to Present Research at Colloquium

The Center for Democratic Deliberation fellows will present their research at the Communication Arts & Sciences Colloquium on Friday, February 27 at 3:35 p.m. in 158 Willard. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us to hear the following presentations:
"Blaming Guns after Sandy Hook"
Craig Rood, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
"Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Second Emancipation Proclamation: Reframing Civil War Memory for the Civil Rights Movement"
Anne Kretsinger-Harries, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
"Black Music as Rhetoric: John Coltrane's A Love Supreme."
Earl Holmes Brooks, Department of English

Deliberation Nation Comes to Penn State

Deliberation Nation logo
The instructors and students of Rhetoric and Civic Life, a course sponsored by the Center for Democratic Deliberation, kick off Deliberation Nation on Tuesday, February 24th. Deliberation Nation is a week-long series of deliberative discussions that are free and open to the public on topics pertaining to campus life, including sexual assault and police relations, to national issues, such as vaccinations and the economy. Multiple events will take place throughout each day at the New Leaf Initiative, Schlow Library, Webster's Book Store, and the Common Place.

Students will work in groups to devise and frame a deliberative discussion that addresses issues important to the community in which they live and learn. They learn the differences between debate, conversation, anddeliberative discussion. They also discover the importance (and difficulty!) of framing issues fairly to promote understanding and to help participants to reflect meaningfully on community values and the choices they face. 

The Center for Democratic Deliberation will highlight each day's events on their Facebook page. Make sure to use #DeliberationNation to comment, discuss, and reflect on events that interest you. For more information, contact Dr. Jessica O’Hara, Director of Rhetoric and Civic Life, at jjo12@psu.edu or Kaitlyn Patia, the Assistant Director of Rhetoric and Civic Life, at kpatia@psu.edu.

 

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, February 24

  • To Speak or Not to Speak? A deliberation about free speech and national security, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 5-7 PM
  • Social Media: Dividing or Bridging Town and Gown,  New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 5-7 PM
  • Mental Health at Penn State: How Can We Better Support Individuals on Campus?  Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 7:15-9 PM
  • Higher Education in America: How do we make it affordable? Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 7-9 PM
  • Under Pressure: An Open Discussion on Mental Health, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 7-9 PM
  • A Conversation about Inoculation: Vaccination Decisions in an Increasingly Global World, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 7-9 PM

 

Wednesday, February 25

  • U.S. Involvement in the World: How far should we go? Council Chambers, 3rd Floor State College Borough Building, 5-7 PM
  • Capitalizing on Capital Punishment, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor State College Borough Building, 5-7 PM
  • First-World Problem? Addressing America’s Role in International Aid, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor State College Borough Building, 5-7 PM
  • Pennsylvania Stress University: Should Colleges that Induce Stress Reduce Stress? New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor State College Borough Building, 7-9 PM
  • The Keystone: Pennsylvania and Our Energy, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor State College Borough Building, 7-9 PM

Thursday, February 26

  • How can the U.S. achieve gender equality? Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 1-2:15 PM
  • What environmental policies should the U.S. support? Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 2:30-3:45 PM
  • State Patty’s Day: How Do We Contain the State? Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 2-4 PM
  • Equality ensured? Deliberating the standardization of education in the U.S. Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 4-6 PM
  • Pencils Down: Assessing the impact of high-stakes testing. Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 5-7 PM
  • Inequality of Primary Education: How is it Shaping America’s Future? Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 6-8 PM
  • Adderall for All? Leveling the Playing Field When it Comes to Study Drugs. Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 6-8 PM
  • Breaking News: Biased Information in the Lives of College Students. Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 6-8 PM
  • Get Schooled: Is College Really Working? Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 7-9 PM

 

Friday, February 27

  • Improving Community Police Relations, Common Place, 5-7 PM
  • Dealing with Sexual Violence in our Community, Common Place, 5-7 PM
  • How Should We Use Standardized Testing? Common Place, 7-9 PM
  • Vacci-Nation! Common Place, 7-9 PM

 

Saturday, February 28

  • Penn State and Alcohol: Who’s responsible for the party? Common Place, 1-3 PM
  • State Patty’s Day: Bring Your Own Beliefs, Common Place, 1-3 PM
  • Education: Right, Privilege, or Obligation? Common Place, 3-5 PM
  • How do we address America’s illicit drug culture? Common Place, 3-5 PM

 

Sunday, March 1

  • Deliberating the Learning Objectives of the Modern Classroom, Common Place, 1-3 PM
  • Marijuana: Managing America’s changing attitudes, Common Place, 1-3 PM
  • No Means No: Sexual Assault in State College, Common Place, 3-5 PM
  • Honey, We Shrunk the Middle Class: Discussing Our Modern Economy, Common Place, 3-5 PM
  • Racial Tension in Greek Life: What should be done?, Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 4-6 PM
  • Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 6-8 PM

 

Monday, March 2

  • Obesity in America: Weighing the Options, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 2:30-4:30 PM
  • How Do We Deal with Heroin in PA? Common Place, 5-7 PM
  • Fracking in our communities: How do we deal with it? Common Place, 5-7 PM
  • We are…Voters: What role should young people play in politics? Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 5-7 PM
  • Sexual Crimes on Campus: How Can We Halt the Assault? Common Place, 7-9 PM
  • “Blue” & White: Addressing Depression at Penn State Common Place, 7-9 PM
  • How Do We Prevent Sexual Assault at Penn State, Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 7-9 PM

 

Tuesday, March 3

  • Fueling the Future: Deliberating Pennsylvania’s Energy Options, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Municipal Building, 9:30-11 AM
  • How should the U.S. balance law enforcement/privacy rights?  Thomas Building, PSU Campus, 1-2:15 PM, 110
  • How should we reform secondary education in the U.S.? 222 Thomas Building, PSU Campus, 2:30-3:15 PM
  • What role should ethnicity play in college admission? Mann Assembly Room, Pattee-Paterno Library, Penn State campus, 3-5 PM
  • Higher Education Hysteria in the 21st Century: Is College Really worth It? Mann Assembly Room, Pattee-Paterno Library, Penn State campus, 3-5 PM
  • #7 Party School: The Implications of the College Party Culture at Penn State, 208 Ford Building, Penn State campus, 6-8 PM
  • Penn State Healthcare: The good, the bad, the reform? Mann Assembly Room, Pattee-Paterno Library, Penn State campus, 5-7 PM

 

 

Wednesday, March 4

  • 50 Shades of Consent: Sexual Assault on College Campuses, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 3-5 PM