SOURCE: Intelligence Squared US

June 16, 2008 09:53 ET

Intelligence Squared U.S. Moves to Rockefeller University to Accommodate Sold Out Audiences

Third Series of Debates to Address Timely Topics in Caspary Auditorium

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - Intelligence Squared U.S., the Oxford style debate series sponsored by The Rosenkranz Foundation, today announced that its third year of sold out public debates will move to Rockefeller University's Caspary Auditorium beginning with the fall season in September 2008.

Debate topics for the fall season will be "Universal health coverage should be the federal government's responsibility," "America is finally winning the war in Iraq," "Guns Reduce Crime," "Google violates its 'don't be evil' motto," and "Bush 43 is the worst president of the last 50 years" and will be broadcast over 150 of National Public Radio stations nationwide.

The moderator for the fall debates will be John Donvan, correspondent for ABC News' "Nightline." Panelists will include Michael F. Cannon, Sally C. Pipes, John Stossel, Art Kellermann, Paul Krugman, Michael Rachlis, Frederick W. Kagan, General Jack Keane (Ret.), Simon Jenkins, Charles Ferguson, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Jacob Weisberg, Gary Kleck, Wayne LaPierre, John J. Donohue, Paul Helmke, R. Gil Kerlikowske, John R. Lott, Harry Lewis, Randal C. Picker, Siva Vaidhyanathan, John Battelle, Esther Dyson, Jeff Jarvis, Simon Jenkins, Jacob Weisberg, William Kristol and Karl Rove.

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.

Rockefeller University President Paul Nurse said, "Intelligence Squared U.S.'s remarkable success in elevating the quality of public debate here in New York and across the nation makes it a fitting complement to the University's partnerships with other leading New York City educational and cultural institutions. We are delighted to welcome this prestigious program and its sponsor, The Rosenkranz Foundation, to a new home in Caspary Auditorium."

The Rosenkranz Foundation and Intelligence Squared U.S.Chairman Robert Rosenkranz said, "After two years and four seasons of sold out debates, and a still-rising demand for tickets, it became clear we had to find a new home. The Caspary Auditorium is the ideal venue. I am especially pleased to have the program associated with Rockefeller University, which under Paul Nurse, holds so many wonderful public events."

Schedule

September 16, 2008 --"Universal health coverage should be the federal government's responsibility"

October 7, 2008 -- "America is finally winning the war in Iraq"

October 28, 2008 -- "Guns Reduce Crime"

November 18, 2008 -- "Google violates its 'don't be evil' motto"

December 2, 2008 -- "Bush 43 is the worst president of the last 50 years"

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.

For more information about Intelligence Squared U.S., please visit www.intelligencesquaredus.org.

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 www.rosenkranzfdn.org.

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