The Coolidge Foundation’s second annual Dallas Debate Tournament was held on Saturday, 15 April at Southern Methodist University. Local debate students, and students from as far away as Houston, came together to debate the resolution “A significant tariff on imported goods from Mexico is a good policy for the U.S. economy.” More than 30 students spent the day debating this very timely issue.
Dr. Roberto Salinas-Leon, president of the Mexico Business Forum, kicked off the day with a mock debate against program associate Rushad Thomas. Dr. Salinas-Leon then led a seminar on the economics of tariffs and trade, which garnered remarkably good questions from the debate students.
The top two teams of the tournament won bids to our 2017 Coolidge Cup Tournament, to be held over the
weekend here at the Notch. We thank 4th of July Dr. Ben Voth, SMU debate coach, and the SMU Debate Team for sponsoring our debate tournament, as well as Dr. Roberto Salinas-Leon for leading our seminar. We also thank Suzanne Nasser of DFW Speech and Debate for her help in spreading the word of the tournament to the Dallas debate community.