Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-02-29

Samford University will host a public debate between a Samford debate team and the Japanese National Debate Team Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Davis Library Room 235. The public is invited free of charge.

The debate topic is Resolved: that the death penalty should be banned.

Samford team members are Erin Ramsey, a junior political science and communication studies major; and Nick Agnello, a senior political science major. Both are highly-ranked debaters who have won many regional awards. Ramsey recently qualified to represent the southeast in the national debate tournament. Agnello was named southeast debater of the year.

Japanese team members are Akira Murakami, Graduate School of Foreign Policy, University of Tokyo; and Tomonori Tasaki, English major, University of Kitakyushu.

The event is presented as part of Samford's Franklin Polemic Society debate series.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.