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    Michael McConnell

    Director, Constitutional Law Center & Professor, Stanford Law School

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    Adam Cox

    Professor, New York University School of Law

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    Against

    Eric Posner

    Professor, University of Chicago Law School

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    For

    Carrie Severino

    Chief Counsel & Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network

  • Reception: 5:30-6:15 PM
  • Debate: 6:30-8:00 PM
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  • National Constitution Center
    525 Arch Street, Independence Mall
    F.M. Kirby Auditorium
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Thursday, 05 May 2016 16:07

Hunters Conserve Wildlife

Whether in America’s state game lands or the African bush, hunting has become one of the most hotly debated issues in the media and online. Internationally, the killing of Cecil the lion triggered a firestorm of criticism over trophy hunting rules and regulations. Central to the debate here in the U.S. is the white-tailed deer. Its overpopulation has caused millions of dollars in property damage, over browsing in forests, and the spread of Lyme disease. Many believe that regulated hunting can be an effective way to manage healthy populations of deer and other wildlife. And with the funds raised from legal hunting—the purchase of permits in Africa, licenses and taxes here in the U.S.—hunters have contributed significantly to conservation efforts on both public and private lands. But hunting’s critics question whether big game revenues really benefit local communities and whether hunting could ever be a humane way to maintain equilibrium and habitats. Is hunting wrong? Or are hunters conservationists?

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00

Hunters Conserve Wildlife

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    Anthony Licata

    Editor-in-Chief, Field & Stream

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    Wayne Pacelle

    CEO & President, The Humane Society of the United States

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    Against

    Adam M. Roberts

    CEO, Born Free USA & Born Free Foundation

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    Catherine Semcer

    COO, Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants

  • Reception: 5:45-6:30 PM
  • Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM
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    129 West 67th Street
    (b/w Broadway and Amsterdam)
    New York, NY 10023 

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Thursday, 07 April 2016 10:07

Eliminate Corporate Subsidies

The auto industry, agriculture, the energy sector. What do they have in common? These industries benefit from government subsidies in the form of loans, tax breaks, regulation, and other preferences. Critics from the left and right say that not only do these subsidies transfer wealth from taxpayers to corporations, they distort the markets and our economy. Proponents say that government has an important role to play in launching innovation via strategic investment, and its support helps American companies thrive. Do we need subsidies, or is this corporate welfare?

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 00:00

Eliminate Corporate Subsidies

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    Jack Abramoff

    Former Lobbyist & Author, Capitol Punishment

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    Against

    Kate Gordon

    Vice Chair of Climate & Sustainable Urbanization, Paulson Institute

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    Against

    Michael Lind

    Co-Founder, New America

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    For

    Zephyr Teachout

    Assoc. Prof., Fordham Law & Author, Corruption in America

  • Reception: 5:45-6:30 PM
  • Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM
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  • Kaufman Center 
    129 West 67th Street
    (b/w Broadway and Amsterdam)
    New York, NY 10023 

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As technology rapidly progresses, some proponents of artificial intelligence believe that it will help solve complex social challenges and offer immortality via virtual humans. But AI’s critics say that we should proceed with caution. That its rewards may be overpromised, and that the pursuit of superintelligence and autonomous machines may result in unintended consequences. Is this the stuff of science fiction? Should we fear AI, or will these fears prevent the next technological revolution?

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    Andrew Keen

    Internet Entrepreneur & Author, The Internet Is Not the Answer

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    Against

    James Hughes

    Executive Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

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    Against

    Martine Rothblatt

    Transhumanist, Entrepreneur & Author, Virtually Human

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    For

    Jaron Lanier

    Computer Scientist & Author, Who Owns the Future?

  • Debate: 7:00-8:45 PM

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    Kaufmann Concert Hall
    1395 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10128 

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Thursday, 03 March 2016 18:52

Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

Protests have erupted on university campuses across the country. To many, these students are speaking out against racial injustice that has long been manifested in unwelcoming, sometimes hostile environments. But to critics, their demands have gone too far, creating an atmosphere of intolerance for opposing or unpopular points of view. Are the protestors silencing free speech, or are they just trying to be heard? And are the universities responding by defending free speech, or by suppressing it?

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:00

Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

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    For

    Wendy Kaminer

    Writer & Lawyer

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    Against

    Shaun Harper

    Exec. Dir., Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, UPenn

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    Against

    Jason Stanley

    Professor of Philosophy, Yale University

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    For

    John McWhorter

    Professor of Linguistics, Columbia University

  • Debate: 6:30-8:00 PM

  • Yale Repertory Theatre
    1120 Chapel Street (at York)
    New Haven, CT 06520 

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Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:54

Lifespans Are Long Enough

What if we didn’t have to grow old and die? The average American can expect to live for 78.8 years, an improvement over the days before clean water and vaccines, when life expectancy was closer to 50, but still not long enough for most of us. So researchers around the world have been working on arresting the process of aging through biotechnology and finding cures to diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer. What are the ethical and social consequences of radically increasing lifespans? Should we accept a “natural” end, or should we find a cure to aging?