An-Najah University Debate Society Holds International Virtual Culture Themed Competition
On Friday, February 5,2020, the An-Najah University Debate Society virtually hosted the 'Palestine Pop Culture Debate Competition 2021.'
The event included over 44 teams from around the world including Malaysia, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Philippines, the US. and Germany, making it the most international competition the society has hosted to date.
The competition was held in the British Parliamentary debate format with 5 minute speeches. The structure of the competition included four rounds that all participants debated in following eliminations to the Gold and Silver finals for the top 8 teams.
The Chief Adjudicators who set the motion and supported the organization of the competition were reed brown and Revan Lim Tai-Jie. Deputy Chief Adjudicators were Udhay Amam Chopra, Prashastia Saxena, Jewel Soriano, and Omar Yousef.
The theme of the competition was 'pop culture,' focusing on art, media and entertainment and tackled subjects related to racial and gender representation in media, superheroes and international treaties, and the nationalizing of fictional work.
The gold and silver finals were held simultaneously at the conclusion of the one-day event. Two of the University debate team members, Sanaa Aslan, a graduate of An-Najah in the medical imaging field, and Tayseer Alawneh, a senior year medical student, won the silver finals. The topic of the motion was related to the cultural phenomenon of early death of many popular artists, musicians and actors known as the '27 club.'
An-Najah computer engineering student Mohammad Assi made it to the Gold finals with his international partner Prathik Karthikeyan from Jindal Global University. Debate team member and graduate of the mechatronics engineering department, Shehab Khader ranked in the top 20 speakers of the overall competition.