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'The Debaters' deliberate at Selkirk College

Selkirk College’s Teaching and Learning Institute proudly presents its version of the popular hit comedy CBC Radio show The Debaters on Nov.15 at 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Pit at the Castlegar campus.

Members of the public are invited to join and participate as two anonymous Selkirk College instructors impersonate authors Nicholas Carr (Internet doubter) and Clay Shirky (Internet hopeful) as they passionately debate the topic “Is the Internet Making Us Smarter?” 

Since the winning debater will be determined by applause, audience participation in this event is very much encouraged.

The public is also encouraged to join the debate in advance on Twitter at!/FrankenSmarter or to watch the live cast at on the Internet.

“We are all in some way teachers and learners. Selkirk College wants to be a vital part of developing the West Kootenay-Boundary as a Learning Region”, said Theresa Southam, Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Institute.

“Debating topics like whether the Internet is making us smarter causes us to stop and think about how technology impacts our lives today. I hope there will be lots of students, staff and members of the public in attendance because this event is going to be a lot of fun."

Selkirk’s Teaching and Learning Institute was created to optimize teaching and learning experiences for instructors, as well as students, helping them to become successful and fulfilled in their work, community and personal lives.

This two-year pilot project consists of faculty from each of the college’s nine schools who have been appointed as learning fellows and to work together to support instructors, students and other educators in the region.

  • For details call 250.505.1342 or visit