23297
New York
Artificial Intelligence: A Debate Workshop at Cornell University
On the Cornell campus, learn from renowned faculty about artificial intelligence and the secrets of debate strategy, before trying your hand in a debate or being in the audience.
Program No. 23297RJ
Length
6 days
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1,299
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Ithaca, New York
D
Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca

Activity note: Hotel check-in available by 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a classroom-based program and will require minimal daily walking. Transportation will be provided primarily by motorcoach, unless otherwise specified. We will transfer daily between the hotel and the ILR Conference Center. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the ILR Conference Center on Cornell University’s campus, we’ll enjoy a delicious buffet welcome dinner with our fellow Road Scholars. Coffee, hot cocoa, tea, lemonade, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll then return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening at leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Introduction to Debating, Artificial Intelligence
Ithaca, New York
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; short transfers to/from conference center for program activities. Minimal walking; the day will be classroom-based.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet will feature a variety of hot and cold items including an egg dish, breakfast meats, breads and baked goods, cereals, yogurt, and fresh fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: After arriving at the ILR Conference Center via motorcoach, we settle in for two lectures this morning focusing on facets and techniques of debate, and on the topic that will be the subject of debate throughout the week: the impact of computers and artificial intelligence on modern life. There will be a question and answer period following each of the lectures, and there will be a coffee break between the two presentations. Joined by Dr. Thomas L. Benson, the founder and President of the International Association for Senior Debate, and President Emeritus of Green Mountain College – an innovative environmental liberal arts college in Vermont – we will lead off the morning program with a lecture introducing us to the spirit and value of senior debate. Following the break for refreshments, we’ll attend a lecture given by a Cornell faculty specialist on the “brave new world” that is emerging as computers come to dominate and transform our lives.

Lunch: At the conference center, we’ll enjoy a buffet meal with coffee, hot cocoa, tea, water.

Afternoon: Gathering again in the conference room, the coach and director of Cornell University’s Speech and Debate Program, Sam Nelson, will present a lecture on the two most important skills for effective debating: building and analyzing arguments. After a coffee break, Dr. Benson will follow up his morning lecture with another session, which will focus on introducing us to the most popular varieties of senior debate. By detailing their defining rules and methods, we will learn how to organize and enjoy a variety of debate formats.

Dinner: Conference center buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Debate Skills & Issues, Singularity Lecture
Ithaca, New York
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; short transfers to/from conference center for program activities. Minimal walking; the day will be classroom-based.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Beginning with a workshop featuring a series of debate exercises, we’ll work with staff from the Cornell Speech and Debate Program to develop skills that are useful in all debate formats. The exercises will focus on a number of useful debate skills such as attentive listening to views that may not align with one's own, knowing how to sort out major and minor points in a complex argument, the art of strategic concession in debate, and balancing reason and humor in a persuasive presentation. Following a coffee break, a Cornell computer science professor will present a lecture on the “Singularity” and the impending hypothetical contest between human and artificial intelligence. According to the New York Times, “The idea was formally described as the ‘Singularity’ in 1993 by Vernor Vinge, a computer scientist and science fiction writer, who posited that accelerating technological change would inevitably lead to machine intelligence that would match and then surpass human intelligence.”

Lunch: Conference center buffet.

Afternoon: We will then rendezvous with a general discussion and engage in an “audience debate” on a number of the most controversial issues that have been raised thus far in the lectures we’ve heard by the Cornell computer science professors. Returning after our refreshment break, we’ll settle in for a lecture given by a Cornell faculty member that will explore the relationship between ethics, law, and the regulation of artificial intelligence.

Dinner: Conference center buffet.

Evening: For those who are interested, we’ll remain at the conference center for a film screening of “The Great Debaters,” starring Denzel Washington. After the film, we’ll stick around for a discussion led by Dr. Benson.

DAY
4
Debate Skills, Value of Debate, Impact of the Internet
Ithaca, New York
B,L
Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; short transfers to/from conference center for program activities. Minimal walking; the day will be classroom-based.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Returning to the ILR Conference Center, we will begin the day with another workshop aimed at developing debating skills suited for use in all debate formats. Following a coffee break, there will be a panel discussion chaired by Cornell’s Speech and Debate Society director, Sam Nelson, on the value of debate in everyday life. The panel will include staff from the Cornell Speech and Debate Program and Cornell debaters.

Lunch: Conference center buffet.

Afternoon: Next in the conference center, we will witness a debate featuring Cornell debate team members as they contest the claim that the internet has brought more harm than good to society at large. Following the debate, we will take a break from the classroom and head out on a field trip to explore more of the college campus.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Participating, Judging, & Viewing Debates
Ithaca, New York
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; short transfers to/from conference center for program activities. Minimal walking; the day will be classroom-based.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Back at the conference center – our home away from home this week – everyone will have the opportunity to either participate in one or more impromptu debates, or listen to the debates as an audience member. Being part of an appreciative audience is a valuable component to the debate experience. There will be two rounds of debate in the morning and topics will include major public policy issues drawn from the general theme of the week: computers, artificial intelligence, and the human future. The debates will not be judged.

Lunch: Conference center buffet.

Afternoon: We’ll then engage in a lecture and discussion about judging debates, during which our local expert, Sam Nelson, will describe what debate judges look for when evaluating debates and the standards they use in their verdicts. Following a coffee break, there will be another round of impromptu debate which will involve judges. Once again, you will have the opportunity to participate in the debate or sit in the audience and enjoy cheering on the team of your choice. As in the morning rounds, the topic for debate will be drawn from the general theme of the week.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a delicious farewell dinner. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: During a film presentation at the conference center we’ll learn by watching “Great Debates and Debaters in American History." Following the film, we’ll engage in a discussion led by Dr. Benson. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
6
Wrap-Up Session, Program Concludes
Ithaca, New York
B

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; short transfers to/from conference center for program activities. Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: As a program wrap-up at the conference center, we’ll engage in a general discussion led by Sam Nelson concerning lessons learned from participating in and listening to yesterday’s debates. Following a break for refreshments, we will enjoy a final lecture given by Dr. Tom Benson on how to organize and sustain a senior debate program in your community. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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