Central Arizona College Professors to Hold Debate: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Three Central Arizona College professors will participate in a friendly debate on Wed., April 5 at the San Tan Campus – A Building (3736 E Bella Vista Road, San Tan Valley, AZ). The debate will begin at 8:45 a.m. and conclude by 10 a.m.

The debate titled, “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” will look at how the word love is used and viewed from three different perspectives.

Dr. Sandra Rath, Professor of Speech Communication will explain how limits in our use of the English language keep us from fully expressing the highly nuanced concept of love; and thus, our inability to express our understanding of love effectively “waters down” the ultimate meaning.

Dr. Derrick L. Span, Professor of Sociology will argue, “Love is an important word to investigate in contemporary society. Is it real? Or merely a socially constructed term that reveals a heightened sense of self-interest. Love is self-interest directing itself to the other to induce behavior that creates happiness in the alleged lover.”

The third viewpoint will be shared by Dr. John Owens, former CAC theater director and now adjunct professor in communication, who states, “Love can be proven to exist by scientific biological evidence and research.”

“The goal of the debate is to create intellectual interaction and dialogue between faculty, students and the entire CAC community,” states Dr. Span. “The hope is that this debate will start a new beginning of inter-collegiate discussion and debate on important human issues.”

Students from each of the professors’ classes will be in attendance along with CAC staff and faculty. Community members are also invited to attend.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Derrick Span at derrick.span@centralaz.edu.

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