What is a Debate Café?
Our Debate Cafés consist of two parts: firstly mingle and fika, followed by debates. We usually have two rooms, one public room where there might be an audience and one practice room. We welcome all students who have never tried academic debate and we always give our full support and aid to new debaters!
Our debates are not only fun and extremely challenging intellectually, but they are also an opportunity to improve public speaking, rhetorics and critical analysis. Visit our Facebook page to see the topic for this evening.
We debate using the British Parliamentary format wherein the topics are discussed following a certain structure which means that the speakers have different roles to fulfill. The topics are labeled as ‘motions’ and can be about virtually everything.
Here are two examples of motions we have debated: whether or not Donald Trump’s ministers should be invited to comment news on mainstream media or if all pharmasuitical companies should be forced to be non-profits… However, teams are assigned to positions in the debate randomly, so you don’t get to argue for what you actually believe.
This is what makes debating so stimulating, developing and fun! You can read more about competitive debating here.
We sincerely hope that you will come and challenge us in the next debate,
Lund Debate Society