Intelligence Squared (iTunes – Feed – Web Site) brings Oxford-style debating to America. Each debate features one motion, one moderator, and three panelists arguing for a motion, and three arguing against. Should Airports Use Racial and Religious Profiling? Is Islam A Religion Of Peace? Is The Two-Party System Making the U.S. Ungovernable? These are some of the recent topics that have been tackled.
Now, taking a page out of the RSA playbook, Intelligence Squared has produced a short animated video that gives artistic life to a debate held in October 2009. The motion -- "The Catholic Church is a force for good in the world" -- was supported by Ann Noreen Widdecombe, a former British Conservative Party politician turned novelist. And taking the contrary position was popular British actor and writer Stephen Fry.
You can watch the animated version above, and the full debate (which also featured Christopher Hitchens) here. More iq2 videos can be found at their Youtube Channel, which otherwise appears in our collection of Intelligent YouTube Channels. H/T @joabaldwin