Deliberation and Debate series kicks off for another year

By Dale Johnson Posted: September 15, 2017 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Gad Saad is the first speaker in this year’s Deliberation and Debate series, designed to foster open and robust discussion.
Dr. Gad Saad is the first speaker in this year’s Deliberation and Debate series, designed to foster open and robust discussion. Photo courtesy of Dave Ward

The second season of the Deliberation and Debate series gets underway on Monday, September 18.

“I piloted the Deliberation and Debate lecture series to bring speakers to campus whose ideas would address important questions, foster critical debate, and provide a forum for open, robust, and civil discussion on issues of interest to all of us,” says U of R President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons.

This year’s series begins with a public lecture by YouTube personality and Concordia University professor Dr. Gad Saad, who will talk about what he deems to be the stifling aspects of political correctness on university campuses.

Saad’s talk, entitled Death of the West by a Thousand Cuts: Forces That Impede the Free and Rational Flow of Ideas, will explore the forces he sees as limiting intellectual freedom in today’s classrooms and in society in general.  

Saad is Professor of Marketing and Concordia University Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption, where his research and teaching interests include evolutionary psychology and the psychology of decision making. He is a highly popular Psychology Today blogger whose posts have garnered over 4.4 million views, and a YouTube sensation whose channel, THE SAAD TRUTH, has 89,000 subscribers and over 7.1 million views.

The second lecture in the Deliberation and Debate series, entitled The Rule of Law in an Age of Fear, will be held on Monday, September 25, 2017. The presenter will be Dennis Edney, a lawyer from Edmonton who was defence attorney for Omar Khadr, a Canadian who was detained at Guantanamo Bay at the age of 16 and was recently offered a $10 million settlement from the Government of Canada.

“I encourage everyone to attend these free public lectures and participate in the respectful but critical debate which they were designed to generate. Such engagement has always been a hallmark of our University, and continues to set a positive example for others in our community,” says Timmons.

Event:                Deliberation and Debate: Death of the West by a Thousand Cuts

Date:                  Monday, September 18, 2017

Time:                  7:30 p.m.

Location:            Education Building Auditorium, University of Regina

Free parking on campus will be available in Lots 7 and 8.