Released September 13, 2016

In an effort to promote spirited and thoughtful civil discourse, Quinebaug Valley Community College will be sponsoring a Dean’s Debate Series starting September 21.

These 45-minute Lincoln-Douglas style debates feature two experienced debaters: Alfred Williams, dean of academic affairs and student services, and Heath Hightower, assistant professor of human services. The two will debate both sides of a controversial topic or timely issue, followed by a community cross-examination period when the audience can ask questions.

In addition, each of the debate series will include a post-debate community discussion about the topic, facilitated by Williams and Hightower. The public is invited to attend and join the conversation.

The first topic, “God Exists.”, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 12:30 to 1:55 p.m. in Room W101. “In the United States, voting ought to be mandatory.” is the topic for Monday, Nov. 7. It will be held in the auditorium from 10:30 to 11:55 a.m.

 For additional information, please contact Heath Hightower at 860-932-4139 or