WFU, Forsyth Public Library to host public debates with European youth

To conclude its four-week program, the Southeast European Youth Leadership Institute (SEEYLI) will hold a series of public debates July 29.

Hosted by the Center for International Studies and the Department of Communication at Wake Forest University, SEEYLI is an educational program funded by the U.S. Department of State and the Open Society Institute. It brings high school students, teachers and community leaders from Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia to the United States for an intensive program of studies in civic culture.

The public debates will begin at 9 a.m. on the second floor of Greene Hall on the Wake Forest campus. The SEEYLI participants will debate such topics as capital punishment, affirmative action, Olympic security and media bias. Each debate will take approximately 75 minutes and will feature an audience participation period where members of the public will be given an opportunity to join in the dialogue. New topics and speakers will begin at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In addition to SEEYLI participants, speakers will include Wake Forest professors and various community leaders and activists.

A final debate addressing the question “Can citizens get objective information about the ‘war on terrorism’?” will take place at the Central Library, Forsyth County Public Library system (660 W. 5th St.) at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The debates are open to the public and admission is free.

For more information on the SEEYLI program, see Contacts for the public debate series are Kristin McCauliff at 336-403-7634 and Gordon Mitchell at

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