Should there be a campus-wide ban on tobacco? Join us at Maxwell on January 23 for a lively debate!

The Campbell Debates:

Disagreement in the Public Interest

The Proposition:  This Assembly Supports a Campus-Wide Ban on Tobacco

The Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University announces the next installment of The Campbell Debates, a debate series on timely issues of public importance.

When:  Thursday, January 23, 2014
Where:  New Location! Heroy Auditorium in the Geology Building (Between Eggers Hall and the Dome)
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM with reception immediately following
Parking: Available in the Irving Garage, mention the debate to get a reduced rate
Live Streaming on UStream, and archived on YouTube

Employing a style adapted from the Oxford Union debates, each Campbell Debate will allow a gathered audience to consider a question of national, regional or local significance.  Two panels comprised of thought leaders will argue for each side, followed by counterpoints and audience questions and comments.  At the conclusion of the debate, the audience will vote on the proposition by walking out one of two doors.  The format aims to showcase a lively, informative exchange of ideas on controversial issues in a way not common to contemporary American political debates.

For the Proposition:

Cliff Douglas, Director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network; advisor on tobacco control policy for U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh; consulting attorney for the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project.

Duane Ford, Former Vice President of the SU Student Association

Against the Proposition:

John DeFrancisco, New York State Senator and Chair of the Senate Finance Committee

Alexandra Curtis, Former President of the SU Student Association


The Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs provide insights into controversial issues through their Campbell Debates Series.  Employing a style adapted from the Oxford Union debates, each Campbell Debate allows a gathered audience to consider a question of national, regional or local significance. Two panels composed of thought leaders argue for each side, followed by counterpoints and audience questions and comments. At the conclusion of the debate, the audience votes on the proposition. The results are revealed at a reception following the debate.


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