Even during the COVID pandemic, a meeting of the minds can allow students of all backgrounds to experience each other’s cultures. On Tuesday, April 27, several MUDEC students had the exciting opportunity to participate in a debate with students from the University of Luxembourg.
Every year, one student team from Uni Lu competes with their counterparts from MUDEC in a "Feed Your Brain Now" debating circle, an approach that emphasizes listening and reacting to others' views and opinions. With the topic at hand being "Should the US still be considered as a global leader?" the University of Luxembourg students made their way to the beautiful Château and prepared for an invigorating conversation.
The three Uni Lu students, along with an understudy, went against MUDEC's very own Joshua Wilmes, Landon Halverson and Michelle Engel. The debate began with a coin toss, which MUDEC won, choosing to argue the "pro": the United States should still be considered a world superpower.
Both sides diligently argued their cases in pursuit of a win. Wilmes prepared the opening statement. Engel's points were hinged on the rebuttal, but she felt very secure in her argument. MUDEC student Alexandra Luerck, who participated as a timer, noted that both sides made excellent cases.
Ultimately the MUDEC team scored a victory with their confident and eloquent performance. Their composure was a shining example of MUDEC's participation in the global community of academia. All students involved not only engaged in this academic exchange, but had the opportunity to have lunch and socialize.
The Feed Your Brain Now debate is co-organized by University of Luxembourg Espace Cultures and the Miami University Dolibois European Center in close collaboration with Tageblatt, Revue and other supporters.