21 JANUARY 2019 / In Search of Intelligent Debate? Try the SNF Agora Institute

On Friday, January 18th, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University hosted student debates moderated by ABC News and PBS NewsHour correspondent and Intelligence Squared moderator John Donvan.

The debates are the culmination of the Hopkins between-term course In Search of Intelligent Debate, taught by Emmy Award-winning journalist Dana Wolfe, who is currently a visiting scholar at the SNF Agora Institute. The course’s 19 students engaged in debate on positions along the lines of “Home DNA tests do more harm than good” and “Abolish the SAT.”

The event, open to the public,  took place at 4:00 p.m. at FastForward U Homewood in Baltimore, near the Hopkins campus.

Drawing inspiration from the Agora of ancient Athens, which was a hub of conversation and debate and the center of the city-state’s democratic governance, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) committed $150 million to a joint effort with Johns Hopkins University to create the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute. The SNF Agora Institute brings together experts from fields such as political science, psychology, and philosophy, in order to facilitate the restoration of open and inclusive discourse.