NYC Debate ~ New Location & Our 99th Event!

  • September 28, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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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:


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• 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• Domestic relations: should the "No-Fault" divorce laws in New York be repealed in an attempt to reduce divorces -- therefore, should the courts require a showing of wrongdoing by either spouse in a divorce proceeding?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.

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  • thomas k

    Thank you everyone, especially the new members, for attending and participating in today's Meetup. I apologize for having to leave right after we ended, as I had to attend another engagement.

    Hope to see all of you next month at the special event.

    September 28, 2013

  • Kalin

    I am sorry I wouldn't make it.
    All the best everyone

    September 28, 2013

  • rory m.

    Thomas. I would like to suggest a topic. Time magazine is published in five markets. Four outside the US. One in the US. The four outside the US praise Putain. The one in the US talks about sports in colleges. I suggest there is a disconnect. Rory

    September 18, 2013

    • Sheila

      - are the media standard-bearers, such as the Time magazine, no longer credible?

      September 23, 2013

    • Sheila

      This is a good point and already in a pro/con debate format.

      September 23, 2013

  • Hanshi W.

    I'd like to join this conversation. This is the intellectual core of the Big Apple. The participants are making this city greater. Well organized and the topics are best pick.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Matthew N.

    Have to work

    1 · September 18, 2013

    • thomas k

      Sorry to hear that you can't attend. We try to alternate the meetup dates. I believe the next regular meetup in late October or early November will be on a Sunday.

      September 18, 2013

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