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News - 2017


Frankly Speaking! A Benjamin Franklin House Debate Competition in collaboration with the US Embassy in London and Bloomberg

On Friday 3 March 2017, 55 students from eleven schools across the country joined us for Frankly Speaking 2017, the annual Benjamin Franklin House debate competition in collaboration with the US Embassy and The Daughters of the American Revolution (Walter Hines Page Chapter). Teams travelled from Coventry, Liverpool, London and Leeds to join us and this year the event was hosted by Bloomberg at their London offices in Finsbury Square.

Throughout the course of the day students debated motions including ‘This House Believes social media should be limited to 30 minutes a day for under 16s’ and ‘This House Believes all police officers should carry guns’. The final debates were ‘This House believes developing countries are equally as responsible as developed countries in combatting climate change’ for Year 10 & 11 and ‘This House believes prisoners in the UK should be allowed to vote’ for Year 12 & 13. The standard throughout the day was high, with judges impressed by the debating skills and research of the students.

Adrienne Pitman from the DAR awarded first place finisher in the Year 10 & 11 age category, Samahat Ahmed, from Seven Kings High School in Ilford with her prize: a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament with the Rt Hon. The Lord Cope of Berkeley. This prize was made possible through the generous support of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Walter Hines Page Chapter).

Caleb Portnoy from the US Embassy awarded Iram Farooqui from Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre first place finisher in the Year 12 & 13 age category; Iram will take part in the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina this summer. Joining students from across the US and Europe, she will explore American culture and politics and opportunities to improve civil society.  Team prizes were also awarded.

All participants will be invited to a reception at Benjamin Franklin House. Many thanks to the US Embassy, Bloomberg and the DAR for their partnership, support and expertise.


Benjamin Franklin House Director reviews The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas

Our Director, Dr. Márcia Balisciano, was asked by The Grateful American Foundation website, to review Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas. 

You can read her review here.


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