April 4: "Debating an End to America's Second Civil War"

Event Details


Date: April 3, 2012

Times: 7 p.m.

Location: Kresge Recital Hall

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

Student debaters from opposing political parties will square off in unlikely fashion during "A Call to Peace: Debating an End to America’s Second Civil War," hosted by the Augustana Committee of Undergraduate Political Scientists (COUPS) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, in Kresge Recital Hall.

In this debate, the republican will represent the democrat while the democrat will represent the republican. The event is free and open to the public.

"As a nonpartisan group, we are distressed by the lack of cooperation in our current government, especially in light of the up-and-coming presidential elections. In order to promote greater understanding amongst Augustana students living in such a partisan political environment, each party president will be championing the platform they themselves do not represent. By forcing our student party leaders to take a walk in the other's shoes, it is our hope that we can inspire our college community, the community at large, and perhaps even our political leaders, to eliminate political impasse through open discourse and a greater sympathy for opposing arguments," said Drew Trahms, president of Augustana COUPS.

The debate will feature Scot Missling, chair of the Augustana College Republicans, and Scott Hofer, president of the Augie Dems.

Missling, a government and international affairs major and economics minor from Wayzata, Minn., hopes to one day work in public service. After graduation, he is considering law school or graduate studies for an advanced degree in public administration.

Hofer, a philosophy and government and international affairs major from Scranton, Iowa, is currently working on a political campaign for a Sioux Falls elected official. After graduation, he plans to pursue grad school in the hopes of becoming a college professor.

An organization dedicated to creating a forum for discussing current government-related events and professions within the government field, COUPS does its best to promote dialogue across party lines.