Virtual Regents’ Cup celebrates free speech, civil discourse at Arizona public universities

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Virtual Regents’ Cup celebrates free speech, civil discourse at Arizona public universities

April 21, 2021

WHAT: The Regents’ Cup debate competition celebrating free speech, civil discourse and democratic engagement among students from all of Arizona’s public universities will take place as a virtual event April 24.

The public can watch the 2021 Regents’ Cup competition here.

Students participating in the Regents’ Cup will compete in the debate-style competition during an event illustrating the commitment of the universities to upholding the intrinsic rights of all students to freedom of speech.

This tri-university competition features student team members engaging in debate and speech events. Participants in the Regents’ Cup compete for scholarships to advance their education at the universities.

Arizona’s public universities are recognized as exemplars in free speech; Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona are all recognized with the highest “green light” rating from FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education).

WHO: Students from Arizona’s public universities will participate in the day-long Regents’ Cup. Judges for the event include leading figures from government, industry and academia.

WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 2021 

8 to 8:30 a.m. 

Opening remarks 

9 to 10 a.m.  First round, Oxford debate 
9 to 10:15 a.m.  First round, persuasive storytelling
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Second round, Oxford debate 
11 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. 

Second round, persuasive storytelling

12:30 to 1 p.m. 

Keynote address, Keith Whittington, professor of politics, Princeton University, author “Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech;” Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) President and CEO Robert Schibley 

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 

Quarterfinals

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

Semifinals

5:30 to 6:30 p.m

Finals

7:30 p.m.

Awards reception 

CONNECT: Each event will be broadcast live. Watch the 2021 Regents’ Cup competition here.

Contact:
Sarah Harper, 602-229-2542, 602-402-1341 | Sarah.K.Harper@azregents.edu
Julie Newberg, 602-229-2534 | julie.newberg@azregents.edu