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  • Debate on Confidentiality of  Sources
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    Debate on Confidentiality of Sources

    A debate was held on the question: “Should the Law Protect Reporters from Having to Disclose Confidential Sources?” Speaking for the affirmative: Judith Miller, a New York Times reporter…

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  • The Democrats and Their Candidate
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    The Democrats and Their Candidate

    Panelists discussed the upcoming presidential election. They emphasized Democratic candidate John Kerry and also spoke about campaign financing. Following their remarks, panelists responded…

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  • SameSex Marriage Debate
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    Same-Sex Marriage Debate

    Participants debated the question, “Should Government Accept Same-Sex Marriage?” Arguing “yes” was Mary Bonauto, attorney for Massachusetts' GLAD chapter, who argued the Massachusetts Supreme Court…

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  • Civil Liberties Debate
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    Civil Liberties Debate

    Participants debated the proposition “we are sacrificing civil liberties to the war on terrorism.” Among the topics they addressed were the USA Patriot Act, law enforcement practices,…

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  • Should Human Cloning be Banned
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    Should Human Cloning be Banned?

    The topic of the 14th College of Communication “Great Debate” was “Should Human Cloning be Banned?” Following the formal presentations of arguments for and against the proposition,…

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  • Should the US Remove Saddam Hussein
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    Should the U.S. Remove Saddam Hussein?

    In a series titled “The Great Debate,” participants debated the proposition “Should the U.S. Remove Sadam Hussein?” Following the formal presentations of arguments for and against the…

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  • Reparations for Slavery
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    Reparations for Slavery

    As part of an annual debate program, participants debated whether the U.S should pay reparations for slavery. Among the issues they addressed were the current state of race relations, the…

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  • Race and College Admissions
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    Race and College Admissions

    In a formal debate on the role of Affirmative Action programs in college admissions, participants discussed to value of providing some degree of preference in admitting racial minorities.…

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  • Television Air Time for Political Candidates
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    Television Air Time for Political Candidates

    Following opening arguments and rebuttals by participants over the proposition that free television time should be provided to political candidates in a campaign, members of the audience…

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  • Early Presidential Primary Coverage
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    Early Presidential Primary Coverage

    This year’s Great Debate questioned whether or not the media intentionally misleads the public during presidential campaigns. Participants discussed the media coverage during Campaign 2000…

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  • Covering Public Scandals
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    Covering Public Scandals

    Mr. Bernstein and Mr. Zelnick led teams of student debaters on the question of whether journalists can maintain standards in covering public scandals. They examined the difference between…

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