On Sunday October 11th, 2013, the Philodemic Society hosted the Second Annual East Coast Conference of Collegiate Literary Debate Societies and the Kai Yai Yai Ball here at Georgetown University.
In attendance were the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania, the Demosthenian Literary Society of the University of Georgia, and the Enosinian Society of George Washington University. Over the course of the two hour session in the Philodemic Room, each group hosted an abbreviated debate to showcase their unique style of discourse.
The Philodemic Society elected to debate Resolved: Love is a battlefield, keynoted on the affirmation by Mr. Jacob Arber and on the negation by Ms. Abby Grace. After roughly thirty minutes of keynote and floor speeches, the societies voted to affirm.
The Philomathean Society hosted a stump debate, using the president’s podium as a makeshift stump, on the topic Resolved: Polar bears deserve to go extinct, with key arguments against the bears including the havok wreaked on arctic Canadian cities, and arguments in favor including the Georgian economy’s dependency on polar bears to drink Coca Cola.
The Demosthenian Society hosted a debate on the following: Resolved: A recession is no time for charity. After a half-hour of speeches on either side, a brief hand-raising poll revealed the group’s overwhelming decision to negate the resolution and affirm charity in trying times.
Thank you to all who joined us, and we look forward to seeing you next year!
Madeleine M. Ringwald