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CCU Debate Team to Square Off Against British Debaters

Colorado Christian University is hosting two accomplished British debaters this October 1. Kate Brookes and Alice Coombes Huntley will debate students from CCU's debate team as part of a North American tour coordinated by the Committee for International Discussion and Debate.

We're excited to host this event, said Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction Chris Leland. Our debate team has had tremendous success at the national level, and this international engagement provides an opportunity for us as we go into the debate season.

Brookes, a doctoral student at Oxford, is head of competitive debating at the Oxford Union and has recently won the Oxford Women's Open and Moscow Open. She'll be representing Oxford at the upcoming European Universities Debating Championships.

Coombes Huntley is a winner of three national debate competitions, and she has also served as a judge at the English National Championships. The graduate of the University of Bristol was on the fourth ranked team in Europe for 2013.

Brookes and Coombes Huntley will debate CCU's Hudson Jungck and Jared Cummings on the topic of whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended to exclude involvement by religious organizations in the electoral process.

While we hope this opportunity continues to establish CCU as a top debate school, we're even more hopeful that this public debate can engage the community both our students and beyond in thinking about important political issues, said Leland. It provides a way for us to engage culture with high scholarship as we argue for a true democratic process. It helps us live out our core values as an institution.

CCU's team has won the last two National Christian College Forensic Championships. Jungck was part of a pairing that notched a perfect record throughout the tournament.

The debate will be held at 7 p.m. at Leprino Hall on CCU's campus. For more information, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 303-963-3357.