From the 27th to the 29th of October the six members of the iDebate team stayed in Davis and Elkins in the state of West Virginia, we were in the city of Elkins. We were staying at a hotel which was on campus. And we were there at the same time as a festival for old country music, so we had the chance to experience some interesting banjo music! The breakfast bar was overlooking the entire city of Elkins and was over 90 years old!
Our main contact was Brent Saindon, and he took us to a few different classes, we went to the British literature class, we went to violence and the sacred class, and we went to the political science class. We gave presentations on topics related to the curriculum of the students, which was followed by a question and answer session.
We also had an eight debater debate against the D&E debate team, on the motion: In the aftermath of genocide, forgiveness is a more important value than justice. We were defending the side of justice, hence we were negative, and the audience was very responsive after the debate and asked us some extremely challenging and thought stimulating questions. I can remember when the affirmative was asked what opinion William Tekumseh might have on this topic and my overjoy on realizing he would agree justice was a much more important value than forgiveness on the national level. However we all agree that on the personal level forgiveness is a much more important principle, and value.
West Virginia is a beautifully simple state, we got to enjoy the country sensation, and see such a new part of America, for example I for one didn’t know CDs of banjo musicians were still being produced and I definitely didn’t think they’d be any good.
Most excitingly we were able to get some very good connections at Davis and Elkins and we hope we will be sending some very talented students to study there.