The program is sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts and the Pi Kappa Delta forensics honorary.
Panelists for the debate will include David Gutterman, assistant professor of political science; Nancy Cornwell, associate professor of mass communication; and Seth Tichenor, adjunct professor of philosophy. Audience participation will be encouraged during a question-and-answer period following the formal debate.
The debate is part of a nationwide event of debates taking place in hundreds of locations across the country. The People Speak was created in 2003 by the United Nations Foundation and a nonpartisan group of concerned organizations to provide forums for Americans to participate in the discussions of policies affecting their future. It is backed by a nonpartisan coalition of national sponsors including the United Nations Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jackson Miller, director of forensics and assistant professor of communication arts at Linfield, at 503-883-2625.