Last month, Politico cited Intelligence Squared U.S. as a model for how America could improve its presidential debates: Two teams, debating a single motion, and whoever convinces the most audience members to join their side wins. Writer Virginia Heffernan praised Intelligence Squared U.S. debates as "such great sport, and so instructive."
This spring, Intelligence Squared U.S. will offer many opportunities to see this model in action. In a wide-ranging season, the veteran debate series will tackle topics including nuclear power, anti-Semitism, gene editing, the Electoral College, student debt, and the two-party system. From January through June, Intelligence Squared U.S. will travel across the country to hold debates in New York (moving to their new home at the Florence Gould Hall), San Francisco, and Chicago. They even continue expanding their global footprint with debates in Europe and Canada. All debates will, as always, air online and via radio and podcast. Debaters to be announced soon.
Intelligence Squared U.S. Spring 2020 Debate Lineup:
* January 23 – New York – Climate Change: Nuclear Power
* February 13 – San Francisco – Two-Party System
* February 27 – New York – Anti-Zionism / Anti-Semitism
* March 4 – San Francisco – Bring American Troops Home from the Middle East
* Mid-March – New York – Forgiving Student Debt
* Early April – Chicago – The Electoral College
* April 26 – New York – Gene Editing
* May 14 – New York – The Constitution in Crisis
* June 26 – Brussels – Global Nationalism
More debates TBA…
ABOUT INTELLIGENCE SQUARED U.S. DEBATES (IQ2US)
A non-partisan, non-profit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in 2006 to address a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics. Their mission is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse. The award-winning debate series reaches millions of viewers and listeners through through multi-platform distribution, including radio, live streaming, podcasts, interactive digital content, and on-demand apps on Roku and Apple TV. With over 170 debates and counting, Intelligence Squared U.S. has encouraged the public to "think twice" on a wide range of provocative topics. Author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan has moderated IQ2US since 2008.
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