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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

Oxford Style Debates Covering Key Issues of Our Time

Do You Agree, Disagree, or Did They Change Your Mind?

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OLLI Study Group
Join this discussion for those 50 and over where we will observe and then discuss 3 different debates as featured on the UK/US series Intelligence Squared (IQ2). Each features a debate team of 2 or 3 experts on opposing sides of a topic expressed as a declarative “motion.” The live audience votes (agree, disagree, not sure) before the teams present their rationale and pose questions to each other as well as provide responses to audience questions. After 90 minutes of this process, the audience votes again---the team that has moved the most people to their point of view is declared the winner of the debate. This process allows time for full exploration of the topic on a point, counter point basis.

The OLLI class leader, Leo Shedden, will select a topic from past episodes for viewing at home (online) with discussion to follow in week #1 (2-hour class). The class will select topics for week #2 and week #3. A few selections from the IQ2 archive follow:
• Negotiations can denuclearize North Korea
• Trigger warning: Safe spaces are dangerous
• Western democracy is threatening suicide
• The right to bear arms has outlived its usefulness
• Better elected Islamists than dictators
Join us for this unique learning opportunity! Sessions will meet on Tuesdays October 22, November 19, and December 3 from 1-3 pm.
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