Yale University Show Debate Friday, Sept. 28!

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Yale University Show Debate

One of the nation’s Top  Debate Teams
will be speaking at Kirkland’s Northwest University

You are invited to watch the Show Debate on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6:00 PM in Health and Science Center HSC 104. Admission is free. Seatting is limited.

Directions to the NU campus.

The topic for the Show Debate:

We should fear the rise of intelligent robots.

The Yale team will face students from Northwest University, Seattle University and Simon Frazer Univeristy.

The debate will be round two of the East Seattle Debate Tournament. Everyone is welcome to watch the rounds. Except for round two, all other topics will be announced fifteen minutes before students debate. Topics will concern current events and enduring controveries. Students must be prepared to debate both sides of any issue.

Two Yale University debaters are in the Seattle area in part to debate on Friday noon at the Headquarters of the Microsoft Corp before an audience of 100 employees, some on the VP level. This event is by invitation only.

Introducing the Yale Debate Team

Becca Steinberg

A sophomore at Yale University, Becca Steinberg is majoring in history with a focus in women’s history. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Becca competes primarily in the American Parliamentary style of debate and has reached elimination rounds of many tournaments, including MIT, where she was a finalist this year. Becca also coaches a high school debate team in New Haven and is the vice chair of the ACLU chapter at Yale.

Nathaniel Rubin

Nathaniel Rubin is a sophomore philosophy major at Yale University. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Nathaniel is interested in philosophy of mind and its implications for simulated reality and the ethics of artificial intelligence. Along with numerous other achievements, Nathaniel has debated at the North American Debating Championships in 2012, was a semifinalist at the Hobart and William Smith College Intervarsity in 2011, and was the Alaska State Oratory Champion in 2010.


About the Northwest University Students

Kyle Hamar

Kyle is in his second year of debate. He is an Organizational Communication major from Astoria, Oregon. He debated the Chinese National Debate team at Microsoft last spring and attended tournament across the region and at Hawaii Pacific University. Other awards:

Hatfield Memorial Tournament at Willamette University – Semi-finalist Open Division
World Cup Debate Tournament at Northwest University – Finalist Open Division
Eagle Speaks Speech Tournament Individual Event – 1st Place Award
University of British Columbia Inter-varsity Tournament – Semi-finalist Open Division
Eagle Debate Worlds Season Kick-off Tournament – Winner of Best Impromptu Speech

James Bowsher

This is the third year of competitive debate for James, who is an Organizational Communication major from Issaqaw, Washington. James played football in high school and served as senator for the Associated Students organization. He also debated at Oxford and Cambridge Universities debate tournaments. He and team Captain Calvin Horne reached semi finals at the Pan Pacific Championships at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu in Feb. 2012. Other honors: attended Oregon State Prison Toastmasters Debate Tournament, October 2011 and won Second place award Seattle University Open 2010.

About the NU Eagle Debate Team

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