April 18, Tuesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
Alyssa Drake | Medicate or Meditate: Should Christians Take Anti-Depressants?
My paper looks at the unease some Christians feel when it comes to taking medication to deal with anxiety and/or depression. I view depression as we would another mental illness such as schizophrenia, arguing that it is healthier and more beneficial to treat depression as we would another mental illness.
April 20, Thursday, 8:20-9:00 a.m.
Logan Moody | The Not-So-Sweet Story: Why We Need a Tax on Sugar
Taking into account the physical damage that too much sugar consumption can cause to our bodies, I argue in my paper that a federally imposed tax on sugary beverages would offer significant health and financial benefits.
April 20, Thursday, 12:50-1:40 p.m.
Gabriela McDermott | Droning On: Whether the Military Should Continue Its Use of Drones
I argue that despite the moral questions raised by drone warfare, the benefits they offer the U.S. military should lead us to support their continued use and technological development, so long as those drones are semi-autonomous, not fully autonomous.
April 21, Friday, 10:35-11:15 a.m. (TIME CHANGE)
Alyx Nettik | Subversion and Surveillance: Was Snowden Justified in Blowing the Whistle?
I look at the questions surrounding Edward Snowden’s decision to reveal classified information in order to protect the privacy of American citizens, arguing that his actions should be praised, not earn him the label of a traitor.