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Newsweek covered the Minnesota Urban Debate League’s 11th annual Mayors Challenge event, which took place at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis last week. The coverage is part of Mightier, a partnership with the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues to illustrate the ways in which debate strengthens the skills young people need to promote civil discourse in a multicultural democracy. The Mayors Challenge is an annual event at which exceptional high school debaters show off their skills and engage with local and state political leaders before a crowd of supporters. This year’s featured attendees included Attorney General Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, First Lady Gwen Walz, and Governor Tim Walz (via Zoom).
MNUDL is an Augsburg program that provides resources and programming to support competitive academic debate for more than 1,000 students at 40 partner schools in the Twin Cities.