Erskine’s first “President’s Cup Debate” is set for Monday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Erskine College campus. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
The debate, which is part of a week of special activities preceding the installation of Dr. Steve Adamson as Erskine’s 18th president, will serve as the debut of the newly formed Erskine College Debate Team.
Erskine Resident Director Morgan Roberts, who oversees two college residence halls and is a student in the seminary’s Master of Arts in Practical Ministry program, serves as debate coach for the team.
Roberts says the team is “excited to be a part of the president’s inauguration week.” Literary societies trained championship debaters at Erskine College in the 19th century, and she is enthusiastic about “keeping the tradition of debate alive on Erskine’s campus.”
Debate team members include seniors Tome Filkov and Jonathan Horne; sophomores Katherine Andersen, Annie Bruner, Josh Dorsey, Hunter Godbolt, and Noah Lin; and freshmen Sloan Bradley, Harvee Patel, Kritu Patel, Katherine Van Horn, and Dalton White.
The team assisted in choosing the topics for the President’s Cup, which will feature two debate formats.
The values debate, in Lincoln-Douglas format, will spotlight two debaters (1v1) and its topic is “Resolved: Erskine College should value establishing a student dress code above an absence of institutional dress code.”
The policy debate, in team policy format, will feature four debaters (2v2) on the topic: “Resolved: The Federal Reserve should be abolished.”
The installation of Dr. Steve Adamson is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Due West ARP Church. More information and a slate of special events is available here.