On April 16, 2009, the Miller Center hosted the third debate in Season Two of the National Discussion and Debate Series. The event, held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, examined the following resolution: Affirmative Action should focus on class and wealth rather than race and ethnicity. Dalton Conley, Chair of NYUs Sociology Department, and John McWhorter, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, argued for the resolution. Julian Bond, Chairman of the NAACP, and Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University, argued against. Ray Suarez, senior correspondent of PBSs The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, moderated the debate.
On April 9, the fourth debate in the Miller Center of Public Affairs' National Discussion and Debate Series took place in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall. Participants had one hour to debate the proposed resolution: "Americans have a fundamental right to health care, and it is the obligation of government to secure that right." JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Regina Herzlinger, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, spoke in favor of the resolution. Dick Armey, Chairman of FreedomWorks and former House Majority Leader, and Richard Epstein, Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, argued against. Susan Dentzer, health correspondent for PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, moderated the debate.
On November 13, the second debate in the Miller Center of Public Affairs' National Discussion and Debate Series took place at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC. Participants had one hour to debate the proposed resolution: "In the war against terrorism, and with advances in technology, Americans need to lower their expectations of privacy." Ray Suarez, senior correspondent of PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, served as moderator. Arguing for the debate resolution were Douglas W. Kmiec, professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine Law School, and K.A. Taipale, executive director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology Policy. Arguing against were Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and John, Lord Alderdice, terrorism expert and former Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Below are a series of video clips from the debate. To see the debate in its entirety, please visit www.millercenter.org/debates.