The TCU Forensics Speech and Debate team will debate the Irish Times Debate team Friday.
The Irish Times debate team had a series of debates and tournaments in Ireland. Three winners walked away with a prize package that included a six-city American tour. One of the stops on their tour is Fort Worth.
The TCU debate team who will be taking on the Irish will include Kelsey Fahler, a junior strategic communication major, Timothy Betts, a first-year mathematics and philosophy major and Donald Griffin, a first-year psychology and journalism major.
The debate “brings global discourse to the TCU community in a real way where the public can come in and watch,” said Amorette Hinderaker, communication studies assistant professor and TCU forensics team coach.
The Irish debate team will be interacting with the TCU debate team before and after the debate.
There are a number of events planned in the three days the Irish are here, said Hinderaker.
On Saturday the TCU debaters will show the Irish around Fort Worth. Hinderaker says she hopes the TCU and Irish debate teams will get to know one another and learn from each others’ debate styles.
Griffin thinks interacting with the Irish before the debate will “bring a level of congeniality to the debate itself.”
The debate will be a different style than the TCU debaters are used to.
“The form of debate we will display is parliamentary and so the audience gets to participate a little bit,” said Hinderaker, “We will talk to the audience before we begin about how they can knock on the tables and show agreement.”
The ‘House’, made up of the audience, will decide the winner. At the end of the debate, the House goes out a door for either the ‘Government’ or the ‘Opposition’, the two sides of a parliamentary-style debate, depending which side they think won the debate, said Griffin.
People are encouraged to come and not only watch the debate, but take part in it.
The audience is also encouraged to bring their cell phones to live tweet the debate by using #IrishDebateTCU.
The debate will be Friday at 7 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium. Guests are asked to arrive a few minutes early to find seats before the debate begins.