Teams to face off in multilingual debate at the University of North Georgia


Several teams are scheduled to meet next Saturday and Sunday on the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus for a major competition.

It’s not college football. It’s the Great Latino Debate.

The two-day event, at the Martha T. Nesbitt Building, will have teams from five universities debating in English and Spanish. The teams are coming from the universities of North Georgia, Denver, La Verne and Miami and Cornell University.

The British Parliament-style debate, which began in 2012, is believed to be the only competition of its kind in the South.

Formal debates in Spanish are not common in the United States, explained Bryan Herrera, a UNG computer science major and debate organizer. Students will receive the topics just 15 minutes before the debate. The English and Spanish tournaments will take place simultaneously.

The winners will be announced at a banquet on Oct. 15.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Education

We must distinguish between scary students and annoying ones
We must distinguish between scary students and annoying ones

Attorney Mike Tafelski has championed students unfairly suspended or expelled.  One of his cases led to a state Supreme Court ruling last year that students cannot be expelled for fighting if they can prove they acted in self-defense. In what was its first decision in a school discipline case, the high court said, “Schools with...
Atlanta school board members to discuss budget Friday 
Atlanta school board members to discuss budget Friday 

The Atlanta school board’s budget commission will meet Friday, a preliminary session before the board votes on a millage rate.  Some homeowners who pay property taxes to Atlanta Public Schools have been calling for relief amid soaring Fulton County property assessments that have, in many cases, led to much higher school tax estimates...
Deal thankful his skepticism about Georgia Lottery scholarship plan ‘was proven wrong’
Deal thankful his skepticism about Georgia Lottery scholarship plan ‘was proven wrong’

It’s not often that an elected official concedes he was wrong, but Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal did so Wednesday, getting emotional as he spoke about the benefits of the HOPE Scholarship at a ceremony at the state Capitol. Deal, was a state senator in the early 1990s during the discussion of a plan to create a lottery that would help fund scholarships...
Controversial DeKalb German teacher reassigned
Controversial DeKalb German teacher reassigned

Uwe Neuhaus, the Chamblee Charter High School German teacher removed from his classroom this spring after students complained about a racy assignment, has been reassigned to another position in the school system. Parents and teachers took to social media starting Tuesday night to decry the move. According to posts, he’s been reassigned to the...
School principals condemns family separation at border
School principals condemns family separation at border

The National Association of Secondary School Principals, an organization of principals and other U.S. school leaders has come out strongly against the immigration policy of separating children from parents. Director JoAnn Bartoletti strongly condemned the Trump administration border policy. “School leaders recognize the faces of traumatized children...
More Stories