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The Great Debate: is rising nationalism due to globalisation?
Tue 14 March 2017, 18:30 – 21:30 GMT
No hidden agendas. No special interests. This is a public debate for people who want to hear trained debaters examine the arguments for and against and leave their own opinions at the door. Hear what they have to say, ask your questions and share your thoughts, then cast your vote.
This House Believes that rising nationalism is due to globalisation
The last decade has seen the rise to power across the world of leaders defined by their rejection of ideals at the heart of globalisation, from international trade to freedom of movement, and multi-culturalism. Their values have sharply divided opinion both at home and abroad, but one thing both critics and supporters alike do agree on is that very few people would have been bold enough to predict their success and popularity as little as 5 years ago.
How and why this has come about is the question this debate seeks to answer in what will be an international collaboration between the Great Debaters Club, education charity Goodenough College, and the Calcutta Debating Circle, designed to help us escape the bubble of British politics and draw on examples from across the world. The speakers will be trained debaters who specialise in making complex subjects more widely accessible to the public.
About the event
The format of this debate is designed not just to shed more light on an important topic, but actively help the audience reach a conclusion on the question being debated for themselves. This means that our speakers will be divided into two teams, one to argue that globalisation itself is the cause of rising nationalism, and one to argue against. This is why the topic is phrased as a statement, not a question. The teams will be assigned their position, which they will defend regardless of their own opinion on the subject.
After hearing from the speakers, we will open the floor to questions and comments from the audience, which often play a decisive role in shaping the outcome of all our public debates. Finally, after the lead speakers from each side deliver their closing remarks, the audience will vote on the motion and decide who they agree with most.
Who can attend and how to book your place
This event is open to members of the Great Debaters Club, residents of Goodenough College, friends of the Calcutta Debating Circle, and selected VIPs. Unfortunately, due to limited capacity, the debate is not open to wider members of the public, but it will be recorded and made available on the Great Debaters Website.
Simply book a free ticket to reserve your place and if you have questions about the event, please contact Tony Koutsoumbos, Director of the Great Debaters Club, at firstname.lastname@example.org