Getting on/off motorcoach; short transfers to/from conference center for program activities. Minimal walking; the day will be classroom-based.
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.
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.
At the conference center, we’ll enjoy a buffet meal with coffee, hot cocoa, tea, water.
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.
Conference center buffet.