MACON- Mercer University's Political Science Department will host a free public debate on foreign policy Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. in the McCorkle Music Building, Neva Langley Fickling Hall.
This is part of a nationwide event called "The People Speak: America Debates Its Role in the World," in which thousands of debates will take place in hundreds of locations across the country between Oct. 5th and 18th. The goal of the program, funded by the Open Society Institute, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the United Nations Foundation, is to engage as many Americans as possible in discussions on foreign policy.
There will be two debates, one between Mercer political science faculty members, associate professor Eimad Houry, Ph.D., and assistant professor Gregory Domin, Ph.D. The other debate will be between Mercer honors students Ruth Beerman of Alpharetta and Matt Stone of Warner Robins. They will address such issues as the legitimate use of military force and the role of international institutions. Following the formal debate, the audience will be invited to participate in a question-and-answer session.
Domin believes this is an important event for the Macon community.
"Like the great national issues of the past, the question of America's role in a changing world is too important to be debated in the op-ed pages of a newspaper or on the Sunday talk shows," he explained. "This is a debate that should go on in our schools and our churches, in the social conversations of friends and neighbors."
Stone, a senior majoring in political science at Mercer, agrees.
"I think the world events of the past couple years have changed foreign policy," the Warner Robins resident said. "It's important to discuss whether those changes were right and whether what we're doing now is the best way to protect us from terrorism and other differences we may face."