Japanese National Debate Team to Visit College of the Atlantic

Posted Feb. 28, 2014, at 9:14 a.m.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center, College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Jamie McKown; 207-801-5718;

There will be a public debate between the Japanese National Debate Team and “Team COA” on the topic of Nuclear Power on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 pm at the Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center. It’s free and open to the public.

Every year the Committee on International Discussion and Debate brings two of the best Japanese college debaters to the US for a month long tour of several colleges and universities. COA has been selected as one of the host schools this year.

The National Communication Association has sponsored international student debate exchanges since 1922, when a student debate team from Oxford University toured select American colleges in New England. For the first 30 years of the program, debate teams from Oxford and Cambridge Universities alternated annual tours of America while American debate teams made biennial tours of Great Britain. The Committee on International Discussion and Debate was created in 1929 to sponsor these exchanges. In 1969, the program was broadened to incorporate student debate exchanges with Japan.

This debate will give COA students and the local community a chance to watch college debate at the highest level first hand, while providing a means to continue COA’s commitment to international cultural exchange.