Fortnightly logo

Claremont Colleges Debate Union: The United States Should Use Force to Make Peace
ADRIENNE HALL, moderator

Aleady defined by President George W. Bush as the "first war of the 21st century," the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, with the subsequent loss of thousands of lives, has prompted serious inquiry of defense and security preparedness, the risks of an open society, and the value of preventive diplomacy.

What is the appropriate course of action to address new security challenges? Is it time to 'get tough with terrorists' and exact a punishment for crimes against the innocent? Is it enough to form a global coalition to combat terrorism or is unilateral military action a necessary tool of foreign policy?

Members of the award-winning Claremont Colleges Debate Union will argue the issues concerning an effective U.S. response to recent events. Andrea Fitanides, CMC '02, a philosophy major from Northern California, was an award winner at the 2000 national debate championship. She recently served as summer faculty at debate workshops in Estonia, Slovenia, and Russia. She is the student director of the Southern California Urban Debate League, an educational outreach program supporting debate activities in schools in economically marginalized communities.

Brendan Behan, CMC '03, is a Chicano Studies major, with a focus on Gender and Feminist Studies. He won the 2000 National Round Robin Debate Championship, an event featuring the top ten debate teams in the United States. In addition, he participated in the first college Spanish-language debates in the United States.

Christina Elmore, POM '04, placed third in the nation in her first year of debate competition. She is currently ranked among the top ten teams in the nation.

Daniel Rosengard, CMC '04, is a philosophy major from Southern California. He is the director of public debate and discussion projects for the Debate Union and an award-winning debater in national tournament competition.

The Claremont Colleges Debate Union is the largest college debating society in the United States, with student participation in parliamentary, policy and public contest debating, as well as noncompetitive public debate, discussion and education programs. The organization has been notably successful in intercollegiate competition, ranking in the top ten in the nation for seven consecutive years. The Debate Union was the only debate program in the United States to rank in the top ten in three competitive debating formats in 2000.

This debate is sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Debate Union and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. The debate will feature a modification of parliamentary debate, a form emphasizing serious extemporaneous argument and a witty, oratorical style. Audience participation, including heckling, is encouraged. Please join us for what promises to be a challenging and entertaining debate.