October 18, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Donald Boudreaux and Thea Lea will debate, "Is Free Trade Good for America?" Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium at Bucknell University.

Boudreaux, who is chair of the economics department at George Mason, will present the affirmative side; Lee, who is national policy director and chief international economist for the AFL-CIO, will debate in opposition.

"This debate on free trade is a great opportunity for both students and members of the community to hear two leading experts debate an issue that has had a huge impact on Pennsylvania and our nation as a whole," said Bucknell junior Eric Huselton, vice president of the Bucknell University Conservatives Club.

Public is welcome

The debate, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by the Bucknell University Conservatives Club and cosponsored by Students for Fair Trade, the Debate Team, the College Democrats, Bucknell Student Government, Social Justice Residential College, Global Residential College, Environmental Residential College, and the political science department.

According to Bucknell senior Dominic Rupprecht, president of the Bucknell University Conservatives Club, Bucknell was selected from more than 60 applicants to host this event, one of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Cicero's Podium Debates. Some of the other 12 schools selected include Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia, and Holy Cross.

"We are very excited that Bucknell was chosen as the site for this debate. Both Boudreaux and Lee are brilliant and passionate advocates for their positions, and it will be a great treat to see these two minds go at it," said Rupprecht.

Posted Oct. 18, 2006


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