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British Debate Team

Left to Right: Ben Jasper (British Team), Anthony Gore (UNCG Team), Roy Dixon (UNCG Team), and Richard Robinson (British Team)


The British National Debate Team comes to UNCG


On November 10, 2011, UNCG hosted the British National Debate Team in a public debate.  UNCG was one of only 14 stops—and the only one in North Carolina—on the British National Debate Team’s fall 2011 United States tour. This marked the first time that UNCG has hosted a leg of an international debate team tour. The topic of the debate was “Resolved: That Article 5 (the principle of collective defense) of the NATO treaty should be abolished.”

British Debate Team

British debater, Richard Robinson, at the podium

The British team, carefully selected to represent the United Kingdom in international forums, consisted of two debaters, Richard Robinson and Ben Jasper. Robinson is a recent graduate from Manchester University. He was awarded a first class degree in Law and will commence practice as commercial solicitor in 2013. Ben Jasper graduated from Wadham College, Oxford with a first class degree in Modern History and a Master of Philosophy in Politics. He has just completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and is due to start work as a lawyer at Clifford Chance next August.

The UNCG team consisted of two Lloyd International Honors College students selected by their peers, Roy Dixon and Anthony “A.J.” Gore. Dixon is a freshman from Salisbury, NC. His major is Business Administration and Finance, and he plans to graduate in three years and then continue in a joint Juris Doctor/MBA degree program. He hopes to one day pursue a career in corporate law. Gore is a sophomore from Charlotte, NC. He is a political science major and aspires to practice law.

British Debater

UNCG student, Roy Dixon, debates as his   teammate, Anthony “A.J.” Gore, looks on in support

“Being involved with this debate was certainly a once in a lifetime memory and something that I will never forget,” said Dixon. “Being able to say that I am one of only two students in the extensive history of this institution [UNCG] to partake in such an activity is pretty cool. Also, just being able to spend time with the international team was an enriching experience, and I know that I have been enhanced both academically as well as socially as a result of participating in the debate.” As for the audience, Dixon hopes that the debate increased their interest in the highly competitive world of debate. He says they “tried to provide the audience with not only a great academic, informational debate, but also a fun and inclusive environment.”

Gore also felt that being involved in the debate was a valuable experience. "I enjoyed engaging in civil discourse in a public venue,” he said. “It allowed people to see that disagreement is okay, as long as terms are clear and claims are made. In the end, people realize debate isn't a dirty word, it’s an extension of our beliefs.”

The winner of the debate, decided by audience vote, was the British team, but only by a small margin. The U.S. tour of the British National Debate Team was sponsored by the Committee on International Discussion and Debate, which has underwritten international student debate exchanges in conjunction with the National Communication Association since 1922. Previous U.S. tours have included debaters from Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, and Pakistan. The UNCG event was coordinated by Dr. Roy Schwartzman of the Communication Studies Department and the Lloyd International Honors College, with support from the IPC Kohler Fund and the English-Speaking Union of the United Kingdom.

Guest Lecturer from Beijing

Dr. Dai

Dr. Dai at UNCG in front of the Foust Building

Dr. Dai lectures

Dr. Dai giving lecture

Dr.
Changzheng Dai, Dean of the School of International Relations at the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing, China, visited UNCG on November 10-12, 2011. Dr. Dai is currently a visiting professor at Harvard University and his visit was sponsored by the IPC Kohler Fund, the Department of Political Science, International and Global Studies, and the Departments of Geography and Sociology with the help of Dr. Bill Crowther, Dr. David Olson, Dr. Susan Walcott, and Dr. Roberto Campo. During his visit, Dr. Dai met with faculty members and IPC staff and gave a lecture titled, “Contemporary China: Political Role of the Migrant Population,” in which the Chinese Hukou system and recent migration patterns were presented.





United States Institute of Peace

David Smith

David Smith

On November 15-16, 2011, David Smith, National Educational Outreach Officer from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), visited UNCG to discuss international peace building. Smith’s visit was organized by Dr. Tom Matyók, Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution, and Dr. Cathryne Schmitz, Professor of Conflict Studies and Social Work, and was sponsored by the IPC Kohler Fund.  During his visit, Smith gave two presentations for university students and the public, one titled “USIP: America's Commitment to Global Conflict Management and Peacebuilding” and the other titled “Evolving Ways of Peacebuilding: New Frontier.” Smith also met with undergraduate participants of the IPC’s Global Leadership Program and visited Northwest Guilford High School where he met with students, faculty, and staff.  While at UNCG, Smith also spoke with the media and gave interviews about his work.


USIP Presentation

David Smith's presentation

As USIP’s National Educational Outreach Officer, Smith coordinates Institute-wide educational outreach and public programming efforts and works closely with educational and professional associations, academic institutions, and public groups to promote Institute objectives. Smith has had numerous publications on peace building and conflict management and travels all over the U.S. offering presentations on a variety of issues including civil society and peace building, child soldiers, conflict resolution education, and international education.  Smith also consults with colleges and universities on approaches to teaching peace.


Before joining the Institute in 2005, his work focused on teaching at the college and university level. As a Fulbright scholar, Smith taught peace studies and alternative dispute resolution at the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia. He also taught at the undergraduate level at Harford Community College, Goucher College, Towson University, and Stevenson University, and at the graduate level at George Mason University. Furthermore, he has worked in the fields of domestic and community conflict resolution and as a practicing attorney. Smith currently serves on the Rockville, Maryland, Human Rights Commission.

Mexican Writer speaks at UNCG

Montiel with UNCG faculty

Left to Right: Antonio Moreno, Mauricio Montiel Figueiras, Veronica Grossi, Jose Felipe Troncoso

Mauricio Montiel Figueiras, a Mexican writer and critic, came to UNCG on November 18, 2011, and gave a lecture about the life and work of the Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, titled “My Kitchen for a Horse.” The lecture was followed by a roundtable discussion in English and Spanish during which Figueiras discussed his own writing. Figueiras was joined at the roundtable discussion by Dr. Antonio Moreno, Professor of Spanish at Barton College; Dr. Verónica Grossi, Associate Professor of Spanish at UNCG; and Jose Felipe Troncoso, Lecturer of Spanish at UNCG. Figueiras’ visit was sponsored by the Consulado General de México en Raleigh; the IPC Kohler Fund; the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; International and Global Studies; and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Figueiras in Paris

Figueiras in Paris

Figueiras was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and currently lives in Mexico City. He is a writer of prose fiction and essays, as well as a translator, editor, and film critic. His work has been published in magazines and newspapers in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, England, Italy, Peru, Spain, and the United States. His recent works include La penumbra inconveniente (Inconvenient Darkness, novel, 2001), La piel insomne (The Sleepless Skin, short stories, 2002), and Paseos sin rumbo. Diálogos entre cine y literatura (Aimless Roamings: Dialogues Between Film and Literature, essays, 2010). Figueiras has received many awards and has been the resident writer for the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in England (2003) and The Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy (2008). In 2012, he will be resident writer for the prestigious Hawthornden Retreat for Writers in Scotland. Figueiras has also been editor in chief of several cultural magazines and literary supplements in Mexico City and writes for several Mexican magazines and newspapers.

International Visitor from the United Kingdom

Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith
, from Plymouth University in the U.K., visited the IPC office on November 10, 2011. Smith is a faculty member at the Plymouth Business School, as well as the Program Manager for the International Business degree program and Chair of the Plymouth Business School International Committee. The International Business program gives Plymouth students the opportunity to study abroad for a year and provides opportunities for overseas students to study at Plymouth for a year. Gordon has developed many of the links with partner organizations, including UNCG, and is dedicated to providing invaluable opportunities for his students. Smith’s visit to UNCG was an impromptu stop as he passed through Greensboro on his way to Alabama. Smith met briefly with IPC member Tom Martinek, Jr., Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs, and shared a cup of coffee before continuing on his trip.

Previous editions:
- Vol 11, ed 3: November 2011
- Vol 11, ed 2: October 2011
- Vol 11, ed 1: September 2011

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