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Public Debate: “Resolved: The United States Should Officially Recognize the Armenian Genocide"

UNI Speech and Debate and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education are organizing a public debate on the topic, “Resolved: The United States Should Officially Recognize the Armenian Genocide."

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, often called the “first genocide of the twentieth century.”   Although the Republic of Turkey has steadfastly denied that the event in question was a genocide, there is almost unanimous agreement among historians and genocide scholars that the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire were the victims of genocide. Many countries have officially recognized the Armenian Genocide; others, including the United States, have not.  For many countries, the issue of recognizing the Armenian Genocide dramatizes the frequent conflict in foreign policy between moral and pragmatic priorities.

Two members of UNI Speech and Debate will debate each other. The debate format will offer the audience the opportunity to provide commentary and feedback during the debate that the debaters may use in their closing statements.

This event is free and open to the public.  

World Café

It Gets Better company members will coordinate a thoughtful dialogue among participants to examine the state of LGBTQ life in the Cedar Valley Community.  

Sunday at the Quarry

The Earth Science Department, in conjunction with BMC Aggregates, is holding the 15th Annual Sunday at the Raymond Quarry in Waterloo. This event is a chance for the public to get an up-close look at what the inside of a quarry looks like and to learn more about the earth sciences. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the working face of the quarry, be led on geology tours and visit presentations from area organizations including the Iowa Geological Survey Programs and Publications, the Iowa Flood Center Programs, the Black Hawk Soil and Water District Programs for the Rural and Urban Sectors and the U.S. Geological Survey Programs. Participants will also have the opportunity to collect mineral, rock and fossil samples from the site to take home.

An Unlikely Friendship: Donna Red Wing and Bob Vander Plaats

Speakers at this event are Donna Red Wing, head of One Iowa, and Bob Vander Plaats, head of The Family Leader, two leaders with opposing views on gay marriage. Their story has been featured in the Des Moines Register (Dec. 31, 2014) and Washington Post (July 4, 2015). Sponsored by UNI American Democracy Project and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President; co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Black Hawk and Bremer Counties. A reception will follow the presentation; free and open to the public.


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