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ASPEC Debate Team

On Saturday, April 27, at 1:30 PM, in the Lewis House Atrium, Leonard and Naomi Block are hosting an ethics debate similar to those seen in the Ethics Bowls across the country. Here’s a Who’s Who run down of those who with participating in this afternoon of fun.

A retired dentist, Leonard Block has coached past Eckerd Debate Teams to victory in the National Ethics Bowl. Naomi Block, a retired philosophy professor partnered with Leonard, and has led the current Ethical Issues Interest Group at ASPEC for the last several months.

With Naomi as coach, Team ASPEC is composed of Barbara Bird, Woody Dulin, Chrissy Jackson, Lorraine Franckle, and Bill Oglesby.

Debate Team

Barbara has a PhD in French, and is a retired college professor. Woody is a retired IBM employee and real estate investor. Chrissy is a retired property management consultant and professional speaker. Lorraine is a retired heart surgeon. Bill worked at the United States Agency for International Development.

Steve Weppner is coaching the Eckerd College Team, composed of Kirk Eason, Anthony Leyh, Ryan Jarrett, Kate Hamilton, and Craig Bothwell.

Kirk is a lawyer, an Eckerd grad and former participant in Eckerd Ethics Bowls. Anthony is an Eckerd senior with majors in philosophy and Italian, and an Eckerd Ethics Bowl participant. Ryan is an Eckerd Senior majoring in economics and also an Eckerd Ethics Bowl participant. Kate, an Eckerd grad who majored in sociology and participated in Eckerd Ethics Bowls, is now a freshman at Stetson studying law. Craig majored in business, is an Eckerd grad who currently works in business, and has participated in previous Eckerd Ethics Bowls. All are Phi Beta Kappa.

The judges for the afternoon debate are George Sherman, an instructor at St. Pete College and head of the Southeast Ethics Bowl Region; Val Galina, a guidance counselor in Largo Middle School; and Stacy Greenberg, a Master Social Worker who is working at an international adoption agency.

Leonard Block will serve as moderator for the debate. There are three potential cases. Each team has prepared to debate each of the three. Only two will be actually debated – depending on the draw.

The three cases from which the two will be chosen are these: Prenatal Testing, Freedom of Speech for Corporations, and Anorexia Nervosa.

Light refreshments will follow the debate. Come support your team, enjoy an afternoon of fun and see an ethical debate process.

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