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Lafayette Debates 2018 - Celebrating May 1968

Students from across the United States and France will travel to Washington D.C. in April 2018 to compete in the Lafayette Debates Championships, an intercollegiate civic debate competition organized by the French Embassy’s Higher Education Department in partnership with The George Washington University Debate & Literary Society.

Celebrating its fifth year as an annual national competition, the Lafayette Debates Championships will include both the General Lafayette Debates Championship recognizing the top military academy team at the tournament as well as the Lafayette Debates U.S. National Championship at the French Embassy. This year's topic is, “Sous les pavés, la plage.” Selected in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the French Revolt & General Strike of 1968, the topic challenges students to grapple with the ethical and practical questions facing the French students who brought France to the brink of political revolution in May 1968. Top teams and individual debaters will win study tours to Paris in Summer 2018 to continue their exploration of the topic.

The Lafayette Debates Championships culminate a national debate series engaging the lessons of Paris May ’68.  This includes the Lafayette Debates at the University of Rhode Island, the Lafayette Debates LA Championship at Claremont Colleges, the Lafayette Debates at the U.S. Universities Debate Eastern Championship, and the Lafayette Debates at the U.S. Universities Debate Western Championship. During these competitions over 400 U.S. college students and scores of faculty members and guest judges will engage the 2018 Lafayette Debates topic area.

While the Lafayette Debates was established as a partnership between the French Embassy and George Washington University four years ago, this transatlantic debate tradition traces back to 1824 when General Marquis de Lafayette made his "hero’s tour" of the United States. During the tour, General Lafayette and his son, George Washington Lafayette, attended a meeting of the debate and literary society of Columbian College (now The George Washington University) and inspired the Lafayette Debates tradition. The Lafayette Debates were revived by the Embassy of France and George Washington University in the belief that now, more than ever, a vigorous and respectful transatlantic dialogue is of the utmost importance not only to the citizens of France and the United States, but also the world.

List of participating universities:
American University
Bard College
Belmont Abbey College
Brandeis University
City University of New York
Claremont McKenna College
College of William and Mary
Cornell University
Duke University
Duquesne University
Ecole de Guerre
France Convergence Team
George Washington University
Georgia State University
Harvey Mudd College
Hobart and William Smith College
Kansas State University
King's College
Lake Forest University
Liberty University
Loyola Marymount University
Middle Tennessee State University
Middlebury University
Morehouse College
Patrick Henry College
Pitzer Colleges
Pomona College
Scrips College
St. John's University
Tufts University
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of Georgia
University of Mary Washington
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rhode Island
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
Vassar College
Virginia Commonwealth University

For more information : www.LafayetteDebates.net and to register : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lafayette-debates-2018-sous-les-paves-la-pl...

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