Attend the first "Pop-Up Policy Debate" presented by celebrated debate series Intelligence Squared U.S. in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 3rd.
Reception: 4:30-5:15 P.M.
Debate: 5:30-7:00 P.M.
Moderated by veteran ABC news correspondent John Donvan, alongisde two dynamic teams of debaters, Intelligence Squared U.S. presents the motion:
ABOLISH THE MINIMUM WAGE
For The Motion:
James A. Dorn, Vice President of Cato Institute
Russell Roberts, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Against The Motion:
Karen Kornbluh, Obama Administration Senior Advisor
Jared Bernstein, Former Chief Economist to Vice President Joe Biden
The series is based on the traditional Oxford-style debate format, with one side proposing and the other side opposing a sharply-framed motion. Before the debate begins, the audience registers their pre-debate opinion using an electronic voting system. These results are announced later in the program. Alternating between panels, each debater gives a 7-minute opening statement. After this segment concludes, the moderator opens the floor for questions from the audience and inter-panel challenges. This adversarial context is electric, adding drama and excitement. The debaters have one final opportunity to sway audience opinion through their 2-minute closing arguments. The audience delivers the final verdict by voting again whether they are for, against, or undecided on the proposition. The two sets of results are compared and the winner is determined by which team has swayed more audience members between the two votes.
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Presented by Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
Rethink your point of view with Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), Oxford-style debates, broadcast nationally on NPR and PBS. Intelligence Squared U.S. has presented more than 70 debates on a wide range of provocative and timely topics from the financial crisis to the Middle East and the death of mainstream media. Join the debate at www.iq2us.org.