By Lianna Hubbard
An Intro to Intercultural Communication class’s debate packed 50 student and faculty into AA-177 on Lee campus on April 4. Students went head to head over the questions of the evening: Should the United States have an official language?
“There are some topics that have a clear right and a clear wrong. And there are some topics that are gray and this is one of those topics,” said Roy Samuelson, a professor of speech who teaches the class.
The affirmative team touted an argument of work-place communication and cultural sharing, but eventually fell to the negative team’s argument from diversity and nondiscrimination.
The two teams of five students argued their sides of the question in opening statements, two rounds of counter arguments, a round of questions from the judge panel of five students, a round of questions from the audience and a closing statement.
End-of-course debates have been a staple of intercultural communication class, but this is the first one done for the public.
“I wanted to showcase the class to the community,” said Samuelson.