The Optimistic Curmudgeon

Ben Voth: Debate Prevents Genocide(1×10)

October 6, 2021

Dr. Ben Voth, professor at Southern Methodist University and author of Debate As Global Pedagogy: Rwanda Rising, joins Josh to discuss a variety of topics he has researched and written about over the years. The episode begins with the ways race relations have improved in the United States since the Civil Rights era. Dr. Voth explains Afropessimism and Afroidealism as two competing paradigms  in contemporary Communication studies. The second half of the episode focuses on Dr. Voth's work with teaching debate in Rwanda, and Voth's conviction that debate reduces the possibility of genocide. 

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