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College Students Team Up with Better Angels and ACTA to Lead Depolarization Debate on Health Care

October 2, 2018 by ACTA

WASHINGTON, DC—Students for Free Expression at American University announced that it is partnering with Better Angels and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) to host a series of parliamentary-style depolarization debates respecting all viewpoints and opinions.

The debates are student-led and open to faculty and the public. For the first debate on October 4, AU students crafted the resolution: Healthcare is a Human Right. “Our goal is to bring students and from all sides of the political spectrum together in civil discourse and conversation,” says Daniel Acosta-Rivas, an American University student and local chapter leader of Students for Free Expression.

“We resonate strongly with the mission of Better Angels,” says ACTA’s communications director Doug Sprei. “These debates bring out the best in students—as well as faculty and citizens—and they offer a refreshing view to the nation that depolarization is possible, and that viewpoint diversity and free expression can flourish on college campuses.”

When:      Thursday, October 4 — 6:30 to 8:30 pm
What:       Civil debate on Health Care as a Human Right
                 Chaired by April Lawson of Better Angels
Where:     American University Center for Innovation,
DMTI Room 219
                 Taxi drop off address:  3501 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016

 —Food and refreshments provided—

About Better Angels
Better Angels is a national, bipartisan citizens’ movement to depolarize America. By bringing liberal and conservatives together into a working alliance—through carefully structured workshops, debates, and skills trainings—we’re building new ways to talk to one another, participate in public life, and influence the direction of our nation. For more information, visit

About the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)
ACTA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to academic freedom, academic excellence, and accountability in higher education. We receive no government funding and are supported through the generosity of individuals and foundations. For more information, visit


CONTACT: Doug Sprei,


Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

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