Welcome to the Keele Debate and Discussion Society!
The Keele Debate and Discussion Society is a new, exciting, and double award winning society which seeks to provide a platform for all students to engage in debate and discussion on a variety of issues. Central to the society’s philosophy is a dedication and a passion for debating, freedom of expression, critical thought and open-mindedness. We welcome anyone and everyone to take part in our deliberations and events, regardless of your level of experience or confidence. The Keele Debate and Discussion Society is an inclusive and welcoming society; our membership is both diverse in terms of gender and background, but also in academic discipline and values.
In the pursuit of freedom of expression and critical thought, the society has never attempted to shy away from controversy. It is our view that everything is up for debate, and that nothing should be beyond scrutiny or challenge. In this pursuit, the society has ran into controversy, most notably when a number of feminist activists staged an in-session protect against our guest speaker Mr Swayne O’Pie, author of the book Why Britain Hates Men. As stated above, the underlying philosophy of this society is a dedication for freedom of expression, both for our guest speaker and the activists who engaged in protest – both are vital functions of a free, open and liberal democratic society, and they are principles we as a society uphold.
As of this year, the society engages in a number of programmes to aid our membership and the wider student body of Keele. Next to our standard weekly debating and discussion sessions, the society will also be hosting, for the first time, a series of workshops designed to assist students to hone their abilities in debating, as well as speech and presentation delivery. Our workshops are designed to bestow upon participants the ability to deliver a speech and/or presentation in a calm and highly effective manner. Throughout the course of the academic year, our workshops programme will touch on a number of issues ranging from the formation and presentation of arguments; the importance and utilisation of language in speech; presentation, debate and public speaking skills; how to overcome one’s nerves when engaging in debate or delivering a speech; and finally, an introductive into how to construct a good, hard-hitting speech.
For students both new and experienced in debate, we invite you to try out for our debate team – headed by a dedicated member of the society committee. The debate team will give students the opportunity to debate competitively with other British Universities and to truly test their debating skills.
And of course, no society would be complete without its exuberant socials. Throughout the course of the year, the society hosts a number of previously successful socials including cheese and wine events; pub crawls; film nights; barbeques; and the annual Christmas dinner – and if this does not convince you, why not check the ‘why debate’ page to see what real life applications debating can have. Above all else, debating can be a highly enjoyable endeavour, so why not come along to our sessions, get involved, and we look forward to getting to know you.