Intelligence Squared Australia (IQ²) – Live Debate

Having a university degree is grossly overrated

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is partnering with St James Ethics Centre to bring the popular live debate Intelligence Squared Australia (IQ²) to Adelaide for the first time on Wednesday, 11 July 2012.

This landmark event will see nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers debate the proposition Having a university degree is grossly overrated at the iconic Adelaide Town Hall.



eginning in the United Kingdom in 2002, IQ2 is now staged in the US, Greece, Asia and Australia and attracts a sell-out crowd to each event. The IQ2 debates are exciting, witty and thought-provoking and take the traditional Oxford-style approach to debating. Six speakers argue either side of a sharply-framed proposition.

After the formal arguments, it’s the turn of the audience. The audience will vote on the motion – both before and after hearing the arguments. It’s a lively night of interchange between the speakers and audience members, electric with drama and excitement.

Speaking for the proposition will be:

Professor Peter Shergold, Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Annabel Crabb, influential political journalist and commentator
Dr Lynn Arnold AO, Chief Executive Officer, Anglicare SA, and former South Australian Premier

Speaking against the proposition will be:

Professor David Finegold, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Amanda Vanstone, former Australian Federal Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs
Stephen Johnston, Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International
Tickets $25/Students and concession $20

Book at BASS: or call 131 246

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