Wed, 04/14/2010 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Pictured: Mellon Auditorium

Credit: Tom Cogill

Modeled on Oxford-style debates to look at issues surrounding America’s role in the world.

THE MILLER CENTER NATIONAL DEBATES, discussing rationing end-of-life care, airs Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. on PBS World (cable 524/DT21.2).

The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in partnership with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, proudly announces “Priorities for a New President,” the second season of THE MILLER CENTER NATIONAL DEBATES. The debates, which will take place throughout Spring 2009, will focus on infrastructure policy, American foreign policy, affirmative action and energy.

Modeled on Oxford-style debates, THE MILLER CENTER NATIONAL DEBATES look at issues surrounding America’s role in the world, its responsibility to its citizens and the way its policies fulfill its founding principles. THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER airs highlights from each debate. 

Infrastructure – How should the federal government balance a comprehensive infrastructure policy with energy, environmental and economic priorities? The debate is also part of PBS’s BLUEPRINT AMERICA initiative.

Moderator: Robert MacNeil, founder and former co-anchor, MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour

Iran – How should the U.S prevent a nuclear Iran?

Moderator: Margaret Warner, senior correspondent, THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER

Affirmative action – Should affirmative action policies focus on class and wealth, rather than race?

Moderator: Ray Suarez, senior correspondent, THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER

Energy – Must the U.S. end its dependency on carbon-based fuels?

Moderator: Jim Angle, chief Washington correspondent, Fox News Channel

The debaters, two on each side, are drawn from the ranks of practitioners, public intellectuals, business and religious leaders and academics. While the issues are vitally important to voters and key to the national dialogue, the debates remain focused on policy, not partisan politics. The five debates of the 2007–2008 season focused on U.S. troops in Iraq, privacy in post-9/11 America, religion in public life, health care and immigration. Debaters included Frederick W. Kagan, Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Douglas W. Kmiec, Marc Rotenberg, Rev. Barry Lynn, Chuck Colson, Dick Armey, Regina Herzlinger, Tamar Jacoby and Mark Krikorian.