PLEASE NOTE: we'll meet at the 875 3rd Ave building (second floor atrium). This is a new venue for this group, so updating your RSVP status will be helpful.
Here's the photo of the building entrance at the northwest corner of 3rd Ave and 53rd Street:
Then take the escalator to the second floor atrium -- you'll see the tables setup across from the ascending escalator:
• Looking for a sophisticated and passionate dialogue with other intelligent New Yorkers in a fun and friendly setting?
• Do you enjoy exploring and discussing the pros and cons of controversial issues?
Both newcomers and experienced debaters are welcome to join. Depending on the attendance, the debate format may include: a competitive two-sided team debate, a public debate, or a roundtable lightning round. An active participation is not required, but it will be difficult to resist.
Proposed debate topics:
• Law & order: should the criminal justice system be retributive or rehabilitative? In other words, should the prisons be designed to: 1) punish the criminals for past crimes; or 2) to "cure" the criminals? Or, is this a false dichotomy?
• Science & technology: should the U.S. switch to the metric system?
• Workplace ethics: do you support a ban on workplace romance or interoffice dating?
• Nat'l public policy #1: should English be the sole official language of the U.S.?
• Nat'l public policy #2: should the gov't welfare benefits have more strings attached to the recipients? (e.g., mandatory drug testing)
• Domestic relations: should the "No-Fault" divorce laws in New York be repealed in an attempt to reduce divorces -- therefore, should the courts require a showing of wrongdoing by either spouse in a divorce proceeding?
We'll select and debate two or three of the topics above. Everyone is welcomed to weigh-in and comment on this event page.
On the day of the event, the topics will be selected based on the majority vote.
After the event, we'll go to a nearby pub or an eatery for a post-debate social -- a fantastic opportunity to chat and network with fellow intelligent New Yorkers.