Wiley College welcomes three-time world champ debate team in Fri - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Wiley College welcomes three-time world champ debate team in Friday exhibition

Posted: Updated:
  • CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:45:11 GMT
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Company cancels class to nix Southern accents, y'all, after complaints

    Web Exclusive: Company cancels class to nix Southern accents, y'all, after complaints

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:00:17 GMT
    We live in the South, so some of us may have a Southern accent, but would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"?
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was going to offer a speech class for its workers next month to do just that, until it got canceled.
    More >>
    We live in the South, so some of us may have a Southern accent, but would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"?
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was going to offer a speech class for its workers next month to do just that, until it got canceled.
    More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>

MARSHALL (KYTX) - If you're looking for a Friday night primetime debate, look no farther than Marshall.

Wiley College is hosting the three-time world champion team from Australia for an exhibition debate, and it's free.

The young men and women taking part in the exhibition say the real debate will take place in the minds of the audience.

As representatives of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Gemma Buckley and Madeline Schultz have seen many parts and cultures of the world.

For the first time, they're experiencing American and East Texas' culture.

"And that more than anything else is what I've enjoyed about debating," Schultz says. "It's meeting people and experiencing their cultures, particularly when there's just a couple of you going to a different country where you're welcomed by people."

At 7 Friday night, they will take the stage in Wiley College's chapel for an exhibition with Wiley's debaters, Nathan Leal and Benjamin Turner.

"It's a very public style of debate," Leal says, "so anybody can go ahead and come in, understand what's really happening, not only within their own community, but as well as the nation at large."

The topic, income equality, is a global topic.

"Obviously, the question of income and equality is incredibly important here in the United States, but I think is a really significant question when you're talking about the developing world," Buckley says.

Debate has become part of curriculum for every class and every student at Wiley College, which has nearly doubled in enrollment since the 2007 release of The Great Debaters, a movie that chronicled Wiley College's 1935 debate team.

An undergraduate study conducted between 1949 and 1961 found that 100 students who took part in intercollegiate debate performed substantially higher in critical thinking than 147 students who didn't debate other college students.

"It develops critical thinking in a way that I didn't know it could, and because what it calls you to do is not only agree with yourself, but also take the negative stance, or rather, the unaffirmative stance and try to hash out your feelings without actually agreeing with what you may be arguing with," says Turner.

The Wiley College chapel is located on Wiley Avenue at University Avenue in southwest Marshall.

It's free and open the public.

Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.