Cassandra discovered a passion in high school that would change her life: debate. Through honing her skills at persuasive argumentation and public speaking, she gained increasing confidence in both her personal and academic pursuits. Cassandra joins us to share some of her experiences in debating, and to explain why developing one’s capacity for critical thought and persuasive speech is a transformative life skill. (And that’s no hyperbole!)
In this conversation we consider the proposition that maybe what the world needs right now is more debate — real debate — not less of it.
Cassandra Cervi is currently the president of the UWO Debate Society at Western. She represented Western at the 2016 World Championships in Thessaloniki, the 2014 World Debating Championships in Greece, and the 2017 World Championships in The Hague.
- Follow Cassandra on Twitter at @cassandracervi
- Learn more about the UWO Debate Society and join their page on Facebook. If you are a student at Western University, consider getting involved!
- Don’t miss Cassandra debating live at the Wolf Hall Debates event on Monday, May 29, 2017, at London Public Library: Will a populist, anti-immigration agenda come to Canada?
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