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Debate! Evolutionary Psychology vs. Feminist Critique

May 1, 2014

Science 1, Room 149, 6:00 PM

Cosponsored with Binghamton University Speech & Debate Team, EvoS GSO

#DiversityWeek

Overview

Evolutionary Psychology is a modern form of approaching human behavior. In some circles, Evolutionary Psychology’s broad claims have become a controversial topic. We will be debating Evolutionary Psychology’s merits in terms of both its scientific validity and moral and ethical implications. Debaters will touch on biological determinism and essentialism from a feminist literature base, but will also be drawing upon racial and other intersectional thinkers.

To be clear, we are using “feminist” as shorthand and the opposition side will be talking about biological determinism and essentialism from a feminist literature base but will also be drawing upon racial and other intersectional thinkers.

On the side of Evolutionary Psychology:
Trevor Reddick, Rafi Schulman
On the side of Feminist Critique:
Daniel Friedman, Lenny Herrera

Format

9 minute EP – Opening Speech
5 minute cross-examination
9 minute Feminist – Opening Speech
5 minute cross-examination
6 minute EP – rebuttal
6 minute Feminist – rebuttal
2 minute EP – closing
2 minute Feminist closing
(~45 minutes + another 15 for intro and moderation)

Following the debate we have 30-45 minutes of Q&A from the audience.

Biographies

On the side of the feminist critique will be:

Binghamton University Debate team captain Daniel Friedman. He was named a National Debate Scholar by the Cross-Examination Debate Association. He has consistently debated about issues of gender and sexuality as applied to politics and discourse. He is a junior at Binghamton University majority in PPL and Environmental Science.

Lenny Herrera. He is a recent transfer from Towson University and qualified to attend the National Debate Tournament with Binghamton this year. He is among the top debaters in the country and consistently argues centered on race and identity politics. He is a sophomore at Binghamton University majoring in Latin American & Carribean Area Studies.

On the side of EP will be:

Trevor Reddick. He is the Debate team president and a two-time qualifier to the National Debate Tournament. He was the top speaker at West Point’s debate tournament and won a varsity tournament at Monmouth University. He has consistently debated about intersectionality in relation to identity. He is a senior at Binghamton University majoring in English.

Rafi Schulman. is the President of the Evos undergraduate student organization club and is active in campus politics. He is a Sophomore majoring in Intergrative Neuroscience and Evolutionary Studies. Rafi joined the debate team after being enrolled in RHET 247 and has had success as a novice debater.

Video

http://speechdebate.binghamton.edu/Videos/Debates/Public/109/public-debates-at-binghamton-university/evolutionary-psychology-vs–feminist-critique/


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