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What is the role of thinking and argumentation in 21st century societies? And where do university students fit in the picture? Come listen, ask, and debate to find the answers.
The Budapest Open Debate Lectures are a spin-off of Budapest Open 2017, one of Europe's largest university debating tournaments. They bring together debate audiences with the wider public, focusing on argumentation in everyday contexts.
MONDAY, MARCH 6
4.00 pm, Nádor u. 15, Room 102
"The Responsibility of University Students Under Authoritarian Governments" – Stephen M. Llano
Stephen M. Llano holds a B.A. in history from Texas A&M University, an M.A. in Speech Communication from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and communication from the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on developing rhetorical theory, the ethics of rhetorical pedagogy, debate’s relationship to rhetoric, Buddhist rhetoric, and the rhetoric of the Beat Generation writers.
TUESDAY, MARCH 7
4.00 pm, Nádor u. 15, Room 102
"How to Argue in a Post-Truth World" – Aron Cohen
Aron Cohen is a student of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, and a skilled debater and adjudicator. He was a finalist at Warsaw Open 2013, the Strasburg League of Young Voters 2014, Lund IV 2014, Warsaw Open 2015, and Athens Open 2015, as well as an ESL semi-finalist and top 10 ESL speaker at Warsaw EUDC. He was also Chief Adjudicator at Cracow Open, Copenhagen Open, Vidzeme Open, and Kyiv Open, a breaking judge at Thessaloniki WUDC, and a member of the final panel at Budapest Open 2016.
What is Budapest Open?
Budapest Open is a result of the determined intention to bring the tradition of critical thinking and formal debating to Hungary. The first Budapest Open international university debate tournament was organised in March 2012. Budapest Open 2017, similarly to previous events each year since 2012, is put in place through the close cooperation between the debate societies of three Hungarian universities: Central European University, Corvinus University of Budapest and Eötvös Loránd University. The tournament brings together experienced debaters and coaches with new, enthusiastic debaters from Budapest, which ensures a great event that serves as the driving force for promoting debate in Hungary. Members of the organising committee are volunteers dedicated to the goal of creating this high level tournament. (More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/1823129264612774/)
What is debating?
Debate is a formal method of interactive argumentation. With its focus on logical consistency, factual accuracy, originality of arguments, and to some degree - emotional appeal to the audience, debate develops the art of persuasion.
Debate is known to nurture critical thinking and analytical skills; it enhances public speaking skills by teaching how to speak confidently in front of an audience; it sharpens research skills, because during a debate, in order to be able to give quick and accurate answers, it is crucial to be up to date on various current social and political affairs. Furthermore, debate develops the ability to react calmly and in a disciplined manner to unexpected situations - as the debaters’ side and position in the debate is chosen at random 15 minutes before the debate, when the motion is announced.
The event is not open to the press.