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The Great Debate
National Security or Individual Freedom

Tompkins County Public Library, Cornell University Office of Community Relations, and Ithaca High School are pleased to present The Great Debate - National Security or Individual Freedom. This intellectual exercise which highlights the value of public debate will take place at 7 p.m., on Thursday October 7th in the Borg-Warner Room at the library.

An annual part of the Cornell-Community Read cosponsored by Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell is a related public forum coordinated by the Library and CU's Office of Community Relations. This year's theme - loosely tied to Franz Kafka's The Trial - is a debate featuring local lawyers and members of the Ithaca High School speech-and-debate class. Two teams comprised of two students and a lawyer will debate the question, "Should the government have the right to detain someone, with minimal evidence, in the interest of national security?" Audience participation is encouraged. The debate will culminate with the audience taking the part of a Jury and voting on the outcome.

For more information please contact Sally Grubb at 272-4557 ext 232 or sgrubb@tcpl.org, or Gary Stewart at 255-4908 or gjs28@cornell.edu.

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