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British National Debate Team Duo to Visit Lenoir-Rhyne University

Wed Oct 31 2012

HICKORY, N.C. —Lenoir-Rhyne University School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the university Debate Team will welcome members of the British National Debate Team to campus in November for a public forum on Friday, November 9 at 10:00am. Team members Ettie Bailey-King and Willard Foxton will discuss American politics in Belk Centrum on the LR campus.

These two British debaters will be visiting Hickory to talk culture, politics, and activism. There will be a presentation followed by a forum to allow students and community members to ask questions and challenge the intellectual prowess of these two scholars.

Ettie Bailey-King Ettie Bailey-King  holds a degree in English Literature, is passionate about volunteering, and was a Fulbright Special Program Scholar in 2011. Willard holds degrees in Law and International Criminal Justice, qualified as a Barrister, and continues to have a successful career as a journalist and documentary filmmaker for the BBC.

Ettie recently graduated in English Literature and plans to continue graduate study in the UK. At University, Ettie was heavily involved in student politics, journalism, theater, and welfare services. Ettie visited the US as a Fulbright Special Program Scholar in 2011.

Willard Foxton Willard Foxton was a student of the University of the West of England, Bristol University and the Middle Temple. He holds a degree in Law, a Masters degree in International Criminal Justice and qualified as a Barrister. As adebater, he was once the 7th best speaker in the world, is one of a very small number of speakers to have reached the final rounds of Oxford, Cambridge, the Mace, the European Championships and the World Championships, and is the only person ever to win the WUDC “funniest speaker in the world” comedy prize more than once.

Since leaving University, Willard has had a successful career as a journalist and documentary filmmaker for the BBC. He has reported from the Israel Lebanon War, covered piracy off the Horn of Africa, made the BBC’s flagship film on the Madoff scandal and spent the winter of 2010 embedded with the US Marines in Waakan province, Afghanistan.

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