What is a Debate Café?
Our Debate Cafés consist of three parts: (1) mingle and fika, (2) debates in the British Parliamentary (BP) format and then (3) going to a bar/pool place/nation. In BP, the topic (motion) and the side that each person will argue for is chosen beforehand. Also, debates are exclusively judged based on the strength of the arguments and nothing else. These things make BP debating intellectually challenging whilst making sure that people can be friends afterward ?
This week’s topic will relate to the American dream. What we call the American dream is the idea that by working hard, you will succeed. But is it just a dream or is there more to it? Should we feed our children with this blatant lie that will inevitably disappoint them? Or is it mostly true? Is it even so that the idea itself can encourage and fulfill its own prophecy?
We don’t care about your previous experience in debating so all you need is the courage to try it! If you like to discuss things and perhaps “over analyze” stuff (that term doesn’t exist for us though), then do come. Bring paper and pen.
This session will have basic introductions for people who are completely new to debating!
Debating competitively is not only fun and extremely intellectually challenging, but it is also the most time efficient way to improve public speaking, knowledge about the world and critical analysis of arguments. It also inevitably stimulates the participants to consider the opponents’ standpoint and allows you to explore ideas that you have never before thought about.
/ The board of the Lund Debate Society