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Oxford Debate: Universal Health Care

  • Mar 3, 2012 · 2:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

  • Free cover, free parking
  • We have the stage area for the debate!
  • Full bar and nice bar menu, too!

Please join Houston Single Friends for a

Contest of Wits, Facts, Information, and persuasion!

(The Audience by poll judges the Winning Team!)


The motion:

"Universal health coverage 

should be the federal government's responsibility"


Moderator: Dorothy

Audience Questions: Noe De La Garza

Vote/Poll Taker: Mee Ra

The following blanks will be filled in shortly...

Speaking for the motion:  

Ken Kenegos, Colleen O'Brien, and ______________

Speaking against the motion:

HSF Member Laurel,_______________,____________

  • Let's use a modified Oxford Debate format.
    • The topic is introduced.
    • The audience is polled as to whether they are For, Against, or Undecided. 
    • Two panels of three speakers each are for and against the proposal. Alternating speakers get 5 minutes each to state their arguement. 
    • The Moderator takes questions from the audience. 
    • Each speaker has 2 minutes to conclude.
    • The audience is polled again. 
    • The team that sways the most votes wins.

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Oxford-Style Debate

Derived from the Oxford Union debating society of Oxford University, "Oxford-Style" debate is a formal, competitive debate format featuring a sharply-framed motion that is proposed by one side and opposed by another. A winner is declared in an Oxford-Style debate either by the majority or by which team has swayed more audience members between the two votes [2]. Oxford Style debates follow a formal structure which begins with audience members casting a pre-debate vote on the motion that is either for, against or undecided. Each panelist presents a seven minute opening statement, after which the moderator takes questions from the audience with inter-panel challenges [3]. Finally, each panelist delivers a two minute closing argument, and the audience delivers their second (and final) vote for comparison against the first. [4].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debate#Oxford-Style_Debate

Agenda

  • 2PM The Motion is introduced. An overview of the issue is read.
  • 2:05PM The audience is polled using anonymous numbered ballots as to whether they are “For”, “Against”, or “Undecided”. 
    • (Ballots consist of numbered double raffle tickets. You’ll cast one half at the beginning and the other half at the end of the debate. For example, ticket/ballot number 10 will have a before and after vote. In order for ballots to be valid the numbered ticket must be cast both at beginning and end, otherwise, the vote will not be counted.) 
  • 2:10 PM to 2:45 PM The panelists are introduced. Two panels of three alternating speakers for and against the proposal get 5 minutes each to state their argument. 
  • 2:45 PM to 3:00 PM Break; Gather and Sort Questions
  • 3:00 PM to 3:20 PM Read questions posed by the audience 
  • 3:20 to 3:35 PM Each speaker has 2 minutes to conclude.
  • 3:35 PM The audience is polled again, with only “For”, and “Against” options. The team that sways the most votes wins. Winner will be announced as soon as the votes are tabulated
  • Open discussion. The Concert Pub has food and drinks available for sale.   

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  • Dorothy '.

    Thank you all for your positive comments! I have so much fun organizing this group, and have met so many cool people. I'm looking forward to more opportunities like this one to become better informed about crucial issues that affect us all.

    March 5, 2012

  • Dorothy '.

    Thank you all for coming to this discussion! Thanks especially to Nigel for the original idea, to Mee Ra and Noe for helping to set this up, to our guest speakers for their contribution, and to Jil for keeping time. I only wish I could thank a babysitter, too, so that I could have joined in the discussion!

    March 5, 2012

  • David L.

    Fun, interesting. Those with facts and logic ALWAYS discourage those with opinions and hearsay. However, f & l rarely change opinions based on emotion. To win at the ballot box, the opposing emotional opinion must change due to a new sense of ownership aligned with your vision. Re-frame the question to include the needs/desires of your opponent--how s/he benefits from the new, and/or loses from the former view. This creates a new community of followers/believers. Send the "newbies" out into the world of non-believers.

    March 4, 2012

  • Marie

    Thank you for organizing this event, Dorothy. It was so informative and thought provoking. We had an interesting debate with many points brought up for this important issue. I plan to attend one of the meetings at St. Paul's.

    March 4, 2012

  • Marie

    It was an informative discussion about health care.

    March 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It gave me a few new things to think about.

    March 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very spirited!!

    March 4, 2012

  • Dorothy '.

    Tina suggests this article which opposes Universal Health Care.
    http://blog.heritage.org/2012/03/01/point-by-point-the-case-against-obamacare/

    March 2, 2012

  • Dorothy '.

    Joe O, lol, I don't think we need the obnoxious guy... probably not quite what we are looking for.

    March 2, 2012

  • Dorothy '.

    Noe, Mee Ra, the speakers, some helpers, and I will be arriving at 1pm. If you'd like to be on one of the teams please arrive early. We have some tentative speakers to fill out the teams but no other firm commitments so far. If anyone still wants to volunteer, or knows someone willing to speak, we would appreciate hearing from you! =)

    March 1, 2012

  • Dorothy '.

    March 1, 2012

  • Dorothy '.

    I wasn't sure if you were serious about speaking. See you next time, and congratulations to your granddaughter!!!

    February 28, 2012

  • Harry T.

    Dorothy----Did you have me down asa "pro" speaker? Delete me. I'll be in College Station for a pre-graduation ceremony and reception honoring spring cum laude grads (my grandaughter).

    February 28, 2012

  • Dorothy '.

    We just need two more for the against team along with Laurel.

    February 28, 2012

  • Dorothy '.

    Noe, your three are fine. Can you please give me their names so that I can post them above?

    February 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry it's Tue 8:39 pm & I just drove into town. I have 3 but if a HSF member wanbts to be on the panel they get 1st choice.

    February 27, 2012

  • Dorothy '.

    Noe, you have the team of three favoring UHC lined up, or do you still need one more? Anyone want to volunteer?

    February 27, 2012

  • Dorothy '.

    Hi Laurel! We need three volunteers to argue on the "against" panel. You are panelist number one! Anyone else want to join Laurel? It would probably be best to decide who argues which points in advance since you have seven minutes each. Be sure to check out the wiki link above.

    February 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to be part of the "Against" panel... can anyone tell me how I might go about this? Sorry, I'm new.

    February 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Health Care For all Texans is an active group in our area. They have a group of speakers who are will to talk to groups. I recieved a call from them at 6 pm today (Thursday). I will contact them tommorow AM.

    February 16, 2012

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