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Dooley Debates

Elbert Hubbard wrote, “It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes the cause of a longer friendship. Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree.” With Hubbard’s appeal to debate as a mechanism for building camaraderie and mutual appreciation, the Barkley Forum will host what we hope will become an annual event at Emory – The Dooley Debates.

The Dooley Debates will encourage Emory University students to participate in a one-day debate tournament with the top performers receiving prize money to support the philanthropic work of the student organizations they are representing. Emory faculty and staff will serve as judges. Further incentives will be provided through opportunities to participate in public debates on other campuses.  For example, the Barkley Forum is partnering with George Washington University in 2014 to promote a series of debates in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision: Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, which held that education had to be equal.

The intention is that the Dooley Debates can assist in facilitating conversations across Emory’s various institutional divides and on difficult topics (e.g., dissent and protest, class and labor, diversity, academic curriculum revisions).