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EXCLUSIVE INTELLIGENCE SQUARED U.S. DEBATE LIVE STREAM: to Broadcast Debate Live from Harvard Law School Thursday, February 27: Affirmative Action on Campus Does More Harm Than Good will present a free live stream of the first Intelligence Squared U.S. debate presented in partnership with Harvard Law School that considers whether or not affirmative action is still needed in the higher education system. Arguing in favor of the motion are Gail Heriot and Richard Sander, against are Randall Kennedy and Theodore Shaw.

WHAT:, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) Oxford-style debate, “Affirmative Action on Campus Does More Harm Than Good.”

Affirmative action, when used as a factor in college admissions, is meant to foster diversity and provide equal opportunities in education for underrepresented minorities. But is it achieving its stated goals and helping the population it was created to support? Its critics point to students struggling to keep up in schools mismatched to their abilities and to the fact that the policy can be manipulated to benefit affluent and middle class students who already possess many educational advantages. Is it time to overhaul or abolish affirmative action?

WHEN: Thursday, February 27th at 5:30 pm EST

WHERE: The debate will be streamed live at The debate will be interactive with a live chat and Twitter feed following the conversation around the event. Online viewers will also be able to vote along with the live audience members, sharing their opinion before the debate starts and at the conclusion once all arguments are heard. Following the live event, will offer the debate as a free on-demand program, and the full video and highlights will be available to share and embed.

In support of the motion:
Gail Heriot
Professor of Law, USD School of Law & Member, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Richard Sander
Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Against the motion:
Randall Kennedy
Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Theodore Shaw
Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

The Moderator: John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News. In a career that spans more than two decades for ABC News, Donvan previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.

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