CSU, Chico News

Students to Tackle Water and Agriculture Policy in Chico Great Debate

Date: 04-04-2013

Kacey Gardner, editorial assistant
Public Affairs
Zach Justus
Department of Communication Studies

California State University, Chico students are preparing to tackle water and agriculture policy in this spring’s Chico Great Debate, which will be held Friday, April 12, in the Chico City Council Chambers.

The daylong event consists of speeches, presentations and debates prepared by students and community members on controversial topics, with the aim of encouraging respectful exchange and collaborative civic learning through civil discourse. The community is invited to watch, participate and enjoy, free of charge. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day, leading up to the main debate at 6:30 p.m. that will feature community members debating about control of water for agricultural uses.

For the second time, students from both CSU, Chico and Butte College will participate. This emerging partnership places students from speech courses at Butte College alongside their peers from CSU, Chico’s communication classes.

The Great Debate program began in spring 2010 and is an ongoing, cooperative project between the city of Chico and the University, particularly the Department of Communication Studies and the First-Year Experience Program. The founders of the Chico Great Debate are dedicated to restoring civility, reason and rhetorical argument to our public forums. Prior Chico Great Debate topics included free speech and protest, education reform, increasing restrictions on immigration, legalizing marijuana and whether California should repeal the Global Warming Solutions Act.

Volunteers, including debate moderators, are needed for this semester’s event. For more information, contact Zach Justus at 530-898-5883.