SOURCE: Intelligence Squared US

December 18, 2008 09:48 ET

Intelligence Squared U.S. Announces Spring 2009 Schedule

Celebrated Debate Series Continues With Expert Panelists Including Eliot Spitzer on the Financial Crisis, Chuck Close on the Art Market, Bjorn Lomborg on Carbon Emissions, The Mayflower Madam on Sex, and Dennis Ross on Iran

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - Following a sold out fall 2008 season of news-shaping debates, including "Bush 43 is the worst president of the last 50 years" featuring Karl Rove and "Universal health coverage should be the federal government's responsibility" with Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, Intelligence Squared U.S., the Oxford style debate series sponsored by The Rosenkranz Foundation, today announced the schedule for its spring season beginning in January 2009.

Topics for the spring season will be: "Major reductions in carbon emissions are not worth the money," "The art market is less ethical than the stock market," "Blame Washington more than Wall Street for the financial crisis," "It's wrong to pay for sex," and "Diplomacy with Iran is going nowhere." The debates, featuring ABC "Nightline" correspondent John Donvan as moderator, will be broadcast on over 160 of National Public Radio stations nationwide. BBC World News will air the Bush43 debate globally on January 10 and 11, 2009 and will film the carbon emissions debate for broadcast on March 7 and 8, 2009.

The Rosenkranz Foundation and Intelligence Squared U.S. Chairman Robert Rosenkranz said, "We are thrilled to kick off another season of intelligent debate in the heart of New York City. The spring 2009 season features an impressive line-up of panelists and very timely topics which we hope will inspire the usual caliber of debate people have come to expect from Intelligence Squared U.S."

"John Donvan has been a big hit as our moderator, and we are thrilled to have him back for the spring debates," said Dana Wolfe, executive producer of the Intelligence Squared U.S. series. "He connects with the audience so well; he's made the role his own."

Expert panelists for the spring series will include Bjorn Lomborg, Philip Stott, Peter Huber, Oliver Tickell, Adam Werbach, Richard L. Feigen, Michael Hue-Williams, Adam Lindemann, Chuck Close, Amy Cappellazzo, Nell Minow, Jerry Saltz, Niall Ferguson, John Steele Gordon, Eliot Spitzer, Melissa Farley, Catharine A. MacKinnon, Wendy Shalit, Sydney Barrows, Tyler Cowen, Lionel Tiger, Liz Cheney, Dan Senor, Kenneth Pollack and Dennis Ross.

IQ2 audience members vote for and against the motion before and after each debate, a hallmark of the Intelligence Squared program. The voting results and debate transcripts are made available to the public following the debate.


January 13, 2009 -- "Major reductions in carbon emissions are not worth the money"

February 03, 2009 -- "The art market is less ethical than the stock market"

March 17, 2009 -- "Blame Washington more than Wall Street for the financial crisis"

April 21, 2009 -- "It's wrong to pay for sex"

May 12, 2009 -- "Diplomacy with Iran is going nowhere"

About Intelligence Squared U.S. and The Rosenkranz Foundation

Intelligence Squared U.S. is a New York-based initiative of The Rosenkranz Foundation; the executive producer is Dana Wolfe. Designed to raise the level of public discourse, the Oxford style debate series is the U.S. version of a London-based program. Since September 2006, the series has attracted sold-out crowds in New York City. Intelligence Squared U.S. provides a forum for intelligent discussion and encourages the recognition that the opposition has intellectually respectable views.

The debates are held at Caspary Auditorium at The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue at 66th Street in New York City. Evenings begin at 6:00 p.m. with an aperitif on us; the debate begins at 6:45 p.m. and ends promptly at 8:30 p.m.

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The Rosenkranz Foundation was established in 1985 to encourage the highest level of achievement and innovation in public policy, higher education and the arts. It seeks to promote fresh and effective intellectual perspectives. The foundation is committed to promoting intellectual diversity in public policy discourse and higher education. For more information about The Rosenkranz Foundation, please visit

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