Pacific Lutheran University Holds Drone Policy Debate


Tacoma, Wash.– Drone Policy has recently entered the forefront of public discussion. The T.O.H Karl Forensics Forum at Pacific Lutheran University is encouraging both students and community members of the greater Tacoma area to be a part of the discussion.


The PLU Forensics Forum is hosting the Ruth Anderson Public Debate series. The debate series will bring experts to the campus to discuss issues relevant to the community. The first public debate will take place on Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University. The debate will feature two experts on U.S. Drone policy: Pacific Lutheran University’s Pauline Kaurin, professor of Philosophy and University of Puget Sound’s Seth Weinberger, professor of Politics and Government.


The 2013 Ruth Anderson Public Debate topic is: The U.S. drone program is fatally flawed.

Justin Eckstein, director of forensics, said, “I am excited to bring an important, national conversation to PLU.” The debate will address remotely piloted aircraft that have become a popular weapon under the Obama administration. Experts say that drones eliminate threats abroad without risking soldiers’ lives but critics worry that the use of drones undermines the separation of powers. Other critics argue that drones increase collateral damage, which undermine U.S. diplomatic goals.


The event will end at approximately 8:30 p.m. and is free to all members of the public. Space is limited to 200 people so attendees should arrive early.


Established in 1894, Pacific Lutheran University’s forensics program is committed to enhancing dialogue around the campus and local community in matters of public concern. T.O.H Karl is a legacy program and a cornerstone of forensics history.


Media Contact: Justin Eckstein




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