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UC Debate Team to face British Debate Team

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The national champion University of the Cumberlands speech and debate team will host its third annual public debate against the British national debate team on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Kohn Theater of the Grace Crum Rollins Center on campus. The British debate team will be completing their annual tour of United States colleges and universities.

The resolution for the debate will be “Great Britain should give thanks,” that they should emulate the United States in establishing a holiday centered on Thanksgiving. The University of the Cumberlands team will feature national debate champions Tim Riley and Katie Riley of Georgetown, Ky., and Wilmington, Ohio.

Coach Jay Bourne commented, “We are certainly pleased to be hosting the British debate team for another year. Not many colleges are selected for repeat visits by the organizers of the tour, and that reflects on both the quality of our debate team and our campus.” While visiting, the British debate team will travel to local landmarks, such as Cumberland Falls, and also be available to meet with classes on campus.

The English Speaking Union in London selected the British debaters. In total, the debaters are visiting 26 colleges, universities and high schools from mid-September to mid-November. University of the Cumberlands is one of two Kentucky schools the debaters will visit.

The visiting debaters are Dan Bradley and Andrew Tuffin. As is customary in the United Kingdom, the debaters already hold graduate degrees. Bradley, a former president of the Manchester Debating Union and the Northern and Midlands Debating Alliance, is in the process of submitting his thesis for a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Manchester. Tuffin is as an active debater on the European universities’ debating circuit. He received a Master of Arts in Philosophy from King’s College, London, and also read history as an undergraduate at the University of Manchester.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jay Bourne at 539-4458.