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Braver Angels Collegiate Debate: Should Assault Weapons Be Banned
March 27, 2023 • 6:00pm
As part of Listen Learn Lead Week, the Institute of American Civics and Braver Angels and the UTK Speech and Debate Society are hosting a student debate – “Should Assault Weapons Be Banned?”
UT Knoxville students are invited to join a respectful conversation touching all sides of an issue challenging our politics and society. Braver Angels debates are not competitive but provide a deep experience of civil discourse. Conducted in a light parliamentary style, they teach students to engage respectfully around difficult, polarizing issues. Students think together, listen deeply, and allow themselves to be touched and even changed by each other’s ideas. Participants emerge with greater empathy and appreciation for diversity of thought.
This student-only event is free and brought to you with the support of a partnership of Braver Angels, BridgeUSA, and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), non-profit organizations that believe in the power of free expression and respectful exchange of ideas on America’s college campuses.