Podcast Episode 3: Polémiques

Credits: Hardy Hewson

The most basic way we convey our ideas is through speech, and when it comes to a university campus focused on the Middle East in France, there’s a lot to be said about the issue of polemics, or as the French (and Le Zadig) would say, polémiques. In this third episode of the Le Zadig podcast, we explore the importance of our words, the way we express ourselves, and the process of defending and reevaluating deeply held beliefs. Host Sebastian Torero speaks with Anas Adri, Sciences Po Menton’s Anglophone representative in le Prix Richard Descoings, Sciences Po’s oratory competition, and fellow student Hayat Aljowaily about social activism in America versus Europe, PC culture, and the process of challenging your convictions. In addition, fellow Le Zadig staff member Zélie Ducret interviews members of a new organization on campus, la Fédération Francophone de Débat (FFD), on the the importance of speech, debate, and their vision for the future of French debate in Menton.

Check out Le Zadig online: http://lezadig.com/
And also the online version of the print edition: https://issuu.com/lezadig/docs/pol1

Sebastian Torero

Say the name “Sebastian” at Sciences Po and people will nod in respect. A multilingual, multicultural athlete, guitarist, and natural writer, Seb navigates from discipline to discipline with the same facility that his favorite team the Chicago Bulls breaks ankles. As he walks down Rue Longue, he can never get a break—loved by his fellow students for his humility and charm. Not to mention fashion, his Inca necklace draws compliments from all. When you hear laughter erupt from a nearby classroom, you can be sure it was caused by Sebastian’s impeccably placed wit. As things get more serious, his Peruvian-American background is a true asset, as he actively gets involved in issues bridging the continents. Sebastian will be out of the office on the week of October 24th, reporting on the Chicago Cubs at the World Series—“Insha’allah!”.
Sebastian Torero

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