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Advancing Civil Discourse - Public Debate

  • 02/24/2018
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Baker Hostetler, 1050 Connecticut Ave NW - Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036-5318
The Cornell Speech and Debate SocietyThe School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and Alumni Affairs and Development invite you to:
Public Debate: Are We Better Off With or Without Social Media?
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Washington, DC
Register Here See Who’s Coming
Now featuring welcome remarks by Kevin Hallock, Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean, ILR School

Join us for a Cornell alumni and current student debate on whether social media has enhanced or hindered society. With over two billion active Facebook users worldwide and more on multiple other platforms, social media penetrates every part of modern life. It connects us to everything from friends and family, to mundane tasks, to news and innovative breakthroughs. But is all of this connectivity and sharing beneficial? What cost does social media have on our privacy and personal wellbeing? Debaters will examine all aspects of the topic and engage in lively discourse. Teams include:
  • Derek Shaffer '96, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (alumni team)
  • JUST ADDED: Arthur Spitzer '71, Legal Director of the ACLU of DC (moderator)
  • Dan Stoyell '18, Computer Science (student team)
  • Kate Comerford Todd '96, Former Senior Vice President & Chief Counsel, U.S. Chamber Litigation Center (alumni team) 
  •  Emma Rose Wirshing '19, Computer Science (student team) 

Todd & Shaffer                           Stoyell & Wirshing

Hallock                      Spitzer
Event Details:
 Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m.* – 5:30 p.m. (*doors open at 3:30 p.m.)
Location: Baker Hostetler
1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036-5318
Free to attend; advanced registration required and attendance is limited. Refreshments served.
This is a family-friendly event and appropriate for middle/high school students.   

Event questions? Contact Ming Shiao, Outreach Director, Cornell Speech & Debate at or 607-255-2136.
Registration questions? Contact Karen Barnes at
Please note, the views expressed during this debate do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of the debaters.

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