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Debate on Lowering the Legal Drinking Age Nov. 4

Do you think America’s youth could handle the responsibility of alcohol if the legal drinking age were lowered? Jefferson Community College (JCC) provides a platform for you to voice your opinion! Attend a debate on lowering the legal drinking age at JCC on Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Robert R. and Jean S. Sturtz Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

This lively debate will feature Dr. William DeJong, Ph.D., professor in the department of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health, and his opponent A. Barrett Seaman, veteran journalist of Time magazine. Seaman is in favor of lowering the drinking age to 18.

DeJong is the executive director for Research and Analysis at Outside The Classroom, an alcohol online education and information services company based in Needham, Massachusetts. He co-developed The Alcohol Prevention Compass, a rubric used to measure the strength of alcohol prevention programs and policies in order to advocate inclusion of technology advancements and current research. DeJong contributed to a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism report in 2002 called A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges and has authored nearly 400 publications relating to alcohol and drug problems among college students. He has served as keynote speaker on the topic at more than 150 conferences and workshops.

A. Barrett Seaman retired in 2001 from a 30-year career as correspondent and editor of Time magazine. Over the next two years, Seaman researched campus life at twelve different college campuses, sometimes living on the campuses, for his books entitled Binge: What Your College Student Won’t Tell You (2005) and Binge: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess (2006). Seaman is a member of the Board of Directors for Choose Responsibility, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007. The mission of Choose Responsibility is to encourage public discussion about the presence of alcohol in American culture and to consider policies that would empower young adults ages 18–20 to make mature decisions about alcohol in their lives. Seaman is a graduate of Hamilton College, Clinton, New York and serves as a Hamilton College charter trustee.

For more information about the debate, call the JCC Student Activities Center at 315-786-2431.