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March 7, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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UT Tyler to Hold International Student Debate on March 18

 

Meadville and Dodd

The American Forensic Association’s Committee on International Discussion and Debate has selected The University of Texas at Tyler as one of the sites for a debate between visiting Japanese students and American student-debaters, Dr. Alisa White, UT Tyler College of Arts and Sciences dean, announced.


UT Tyler students Sean Dodd of Overton and Darci Meadville of Big Sandy will represent UT Tyler in the Tuesday, March 18 debate. Japanese students Akira Murakami and Tomonori Tasaki will represent Japan.


The debate, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the UT Tyler Robert Muntz Library, room 401. The resolution for the debate is “Capital Punishment Should be Abolished.”


A reception honoring Murakami and Tasaki will begin prior to the debate at 6:30 p.m.


Meadville, a graduate English major, placed first at the International Public Debate Association National Tournament in 2005. She plans to attend graduate school at the University of North Texas and major in library science.


Dodd, a senior computer science major, has debated at UT Tyler for five years. He placed first in International Public Debate at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament in 2006. His future plans are to attend graduate school in the computer science field.


Murakami lives in Tokyo and is studying in the Graduate School of Area and Cultural Studies in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. When he was an undergraduate student of Sophia University, Murakami participated in more than 10 debating tournaments in Japan. He won second place in Kanto Universities’ English Speaking Society League Tournament in 2005. Murakami also serves the Japanese debating community as an organizing committee member of several debate tournaments and as a member of the proposition selection committee.


Tasaki lives in Fukuoka and is a student of the English department at the University of Kitakyushu. He is currently a member of the English Speaking Society. He participated and won first place in the Sophomore Educational Exchange Debate in 2005 and the Fukuoka Intercollegiate Debate League in 2006. From May to November 2007, Tasaki traveled to Australia, where he taught Japanese to Australian students.


For more information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Hobbs, UT Tyler associate professor of speech communication and debate team coach, 903.565.5627.


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