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The Franklin Debating Society provides opportunities for students to engage in argumentation, debate, advocacy, and a variety of speaking events. We believe these opportunities are important to facilitating critical thinking, developing mind and character, and being well rounded individuals. Rather than advancing a particular party or ideological perspective, the Society engages in critical discussion and debate to deepen understanding of cultural, social, and civic issues.

“The Franklin Debating Society is valuable because it helps me with my public speaking and critical thinking. I love participating in debate because I can connect with college students from different schools.”

Emma Reilly ’22

Our Students from a wide variety of areas of study

Our students come from a wide variety of majors and minors. Typical majors include Classical StudiesCommunication Studies, and Political Science. Additionally, while many squad members fall into those types of majors, our students go beyond these typical majors; other majors include Biology, Black StudiesEconomics, English, Sociology, and Writing.

Meet the coach Franklin Debating Society

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Ruth J. Beerman

Associate Professor

Education

  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.A., Communication Studies, University of Northern Iowa
  • B.A., Political Science and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Mercer University

Phone: (804) 752-3614
Email: RuthBeerman@rmc.edu
View Ruth J. Beerman’s Profile