Western to host Hat City Debates

DANBURY, CONN. — The Roger Sherman Debate Society and Western Connecticut State University will host the fourth annual Hat City Debates beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26 and 27, at the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury. The debates will include the Northeast Regional tournament and District Qualifier for the National Debate Tournament. Sessions will be held in various academic buildings throughout the Midtown campus.

The debates will showcase the Northeast’s top competitive debaters in policy and parliamentary style. The policy resolution of the debate is, “Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase the number of and/or substantially expand beneficiary eligibility for its visas for one or more of the following: employment-based immigrant visas, nonimmigrant temporary worker visas, family-based visas, human trafficking-based visas.” The parliamentary resolution will be created 15 minutes before each round.

Western will host more than 400 students from schools around the region, including Boston University, the University of Massachusetts and the United States Military Academy.

All rounds will be announced on the first floor of Warner Hall. Anyone interested in attending the debates should contact Dr. Wynn-Gadkar Wilcox at wilcoxw@wcsu.edu or Joshua Flores at flores005@connect.wcsu.edu.

For more information, call (203) 837-8486.


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