An Academic April Fool’s Day Debate: Is the Eagle or the Turkey More American? | rowan today


Which is more American… the eagle or the turkey?

This will be the subject of a just-for-fun academic debate presented on the eve of April Fool’s Day by the Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship.

On Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m., two Rowan faculty members and two students will form “Team Eagle” and “Team Turkey,” respectively, as they debate America’s most representative poultry. Dressed in full academic attire, the teams will engage in scholarly debate while arguing their respective positions in front of a panel of audience members in the Chamberlain Student Center’s Eynon Ballroom. The individual presentations will be followed by a question and answer period from the participants.

The audience will judge which team wins the debate.

Whitney Cox, Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and World Religions at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Computer Science Specialist Rowan Alexander Micharski will represent “Team Eagle.”

“Team Turkey” will include Ken Lacovara, dean of the School of Earth and Environment, and Katie Driscoll, biomedical engineering specialist.

The debate is free and open to the public, but prior registration before March 29 is required.

Debate participants are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items for The SHOP, Rowan’s food pantry that serves the students.

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