What We Owe to Each Other
U.S. and Colombian debaters are invited to join us in Bogota on October 18-19 for bilingual (Spanish & English) debates inspired by T.M. Scanlon’s theories of moral rights and wrongs, What We Owe to Each Other.
Beginning in September 2019 What We Owe to Each Other will pair bilingual U.S. students with bilingual Colombian partners to create international partnerships for four online debates and an in-person bilingual debate championship to be held in Bogota, Colombia, Friday-Saturday, October 18-19, 2019.
Colombian debaters compete to win a fully funded study tour to Washington DC! The two Colombian debaters advancing to finals of the What We Owe to Each Other Championships in Bogota on October 18-19 will win study tours to Washington DC funded by the GWU Peace Studies Program during which they will continue their exploration of our topic and U.S. culture.
What We Owe to Each Other is a collaboration between the GWU Peace Studies Program, INCIDE, and the Civic Debate Conference led by The GWU Debate & Literary Society. Our goals are promoting impactful intercultural civic debate learning for future US and Colombian leaders and developing a long-term foundation for promoting civic debate as a tool for peace and social justice in Colombia.
What We Owe to Each Other Topic: Laws are morally justifiable only insofar as they can be judged reasonably acceptable from the perspective of every member of society regardless of their individual circumstances and broader social distinctions such as gender, race, and class.