FINDA’s How to Debate: Democracy feat. David Bender 16/06

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rsz_13322186_1782038822064864_236111236886014999_nWith the upcoming UK referendum and US presidential election sparking intense debates on democracy and politics, FINDA is hosting another topical workshop in the “How to debate” series – how to debate democracy with David Bender!

Elections, parties and political institutions are at the center of various debates in both competitive debating and society at large. What kind of power and responsibilities do we give our parliaments and the parties competing for their seats? Who gets to be part of that parliament, and how do they get there? What do you need to know about the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership? For answers to these questions and more, please make sure not to miss out!

On top of being a PhD student specialising in political trust and engagement in politics at the University of Hull, our guest David Bender has a stellar record as a debater. As a speaker he has broken at too many tournaments to list, making the finals of competitions such as the Warwick IV 2015, Strathclyde Open 2015 and Liverpool IV 2014 to mention a few. Bender has also judged outrounds at over a dozen tournaments including the Manchester EUDC 2013.

The workshop requires no prior background in debating or in-depth knowledge of the topic, and everyone is warmly welcome to join! Participating societies will have a chance to ask David questions via a thread on this Facebook event during the session. Many Finnish societies will be organising shared viewings, which you can find below, but you can also join the workshop online through the event!

Looking for the society viewing closest to you? Here is a list of Finnish debating societies happy to have you on Thursday 16th of June, starting at 19:00!

– Aalto & Helsinki Debating Societies shared viewing: HYY conference room Rydman (Kaivokatu 10 A, 9th floor)
– Joensuu Debate Society: to be confirmed soon
– Jyväskylä Debate Society: online participation
– UTA Debate Society: to be confirmed soon
– UTU Debating Club: online participation

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