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Freshmen Advance at Prestigious Lafayette Debates

Posted on April 16, 2014 in: Academics, Events, Mobile, Students
(from left) Paige Spraker and Jenna Bauer, Gonzaga freshmen.

(from left) Paige Spraker and Jenna Bauer, Gonzaga freshmen represented Gonzaga in the Lafayette Debates. Photo by Rajah Bose.

Paige Spraker Named No. 4 Best Speaker 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gonzaga University team of freshmen Jenna Bauer, from Des Moines, Iowa, and Paige Spraker, Boise, Idaho, advanced to the elimination rounds of the invitation-only Lafayette Debates – losing to eventual champion Emory University. Spraker was recognized as the No. 4 overall speaker from the field of 64 in the competition.

Spraker received the award from French Ambassador to the United States Francois Delattre in the prestigious competition that ended Sunday (April 13).

Gonzaga was among 16 teams involved in the 36-team competition to advance to the elimination rounds along with teams from other universities including Georgetown, Harvard, New York University, and University of California-Berkeley.

The Lafayette Debates were hosted by the French Embassy in partnership with the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies of the George Washington University. The topic selected for the 2013-14 Lafayette Debates addressed an issue of critical importance to both the United States and France, specifically, that nation states “should maintain, adopt and implement policies and measures that they deem appropriate for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions on their territory.”

In exploration of this topic, students researched and debated the goals and objectives of the seminal international agreement on cultural preservation, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

For more information, please contact Glen Frappier at (509) 313-6663 or via e-mail.

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