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UNI debate team to host British squad for question on Iraq reconstruction

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Cate Palczewski, professor of communication studies and director of the UNI debate program,
(319) 273-2714
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's debate team will debate the Oxford-educated members of the British national debate team in a public event at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. The teams will discuss whether the United States and Great Britain should hand over civilian and military control in Iraq to a multilateral force from the European Union.

Cate Palczewski, professor of communication studies and director of the UNI debate program, said it won't be the kind of debate that Americans typically see. 'The style of debate is parliamentary,' she explained. 'If you've ever watched the British Parliament, there is heckling and audience participation. That's what we're hoping for. Those in the audience will not be passive spectators. That will make the debate much more exciting.'

UNI students participating in the debate are Michelle Kelsey, a senior political communication major from Cedar Falls; and Eric Short, a senior general communication major from Brookings, SD.

The event is free and open to the public.