The GMALL Debate 2021 Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: The Riley Center at Burr & Burton Academy Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
The motion before the meeting is that THE WEST HAS LOST IT. Since perhaps the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, western ideas have gained ground and led the world. Ideas and values that included the recognition of state sovereignty, freedoms of expression and religion, and later the spread of liberal democracy and the market economy were widely exported, first by European expansion and later by the United States. But with the recent rise of different systems, particularly in China and India and developments in other regions, western dominance is now being challenged. Western leadership is no longer the global guiding star. Has the West lost it? Once more our two debaters will engage in oratorical combat and audience views will be invited.
The Politics of Nuclear Weapons Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: TBD Fee: $15
Whether we think about nuclear weapons or not, since the dawn of the nuclear weapon age in 1945 we have lived, and continue to live, under the nuclear shadow. This talk will focus not on the technical or military aspects, but on the politics: Why do countries have them, or not have them? What is their purpose, or purposes? What lies in the politics of keeping and updating them? Can we ever do away with them altogether? If so, how? If not, why not? What are the prospects of proliferation? What political efforts are being taken to curb them? And are such efforts successful? Political leaders must wrestle with these and other related questions and there are no easy answers.