FORA.tv to Carry Intelligence Squared U.S. Spring 2012 Debate Series Featuring Propositions on Topics from Palestine Statehood to Banning College Football to Political Discourse in the Online Age

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The FORA.tv/Intelligence Squared U.S. partnership begins with a live stream of a January 10 debate from New York City arguing the proposition: The U.N. should admit Palestine as a full member state. Additional debates consider whether college football should be banned; the government’s role in managing obesity; the impact of the Internet on politics; and if China is better at capitalism than the U.S. Confirmed speakers include Malcolm Gladwell, Lawrence Lessig, Daniel Levy, Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA (Invited), Eli Pariser, Dr. Pamela Peeke, John Stossel and Jacob Weisberg.

Our goal in producing these debates is to stimulate conversation and to foster civil dialogue among people on all sides of an issue. Working with FORA.tv enables us to amplify the impact of our events.

FORA.tv, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, today announced that it will partner with New York's premier live debate series, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) to broadcast its Spring 2012 series of five debates live online – as they happen -- and on-demand afterwards. All debates will be available on the FORA.tv website at intelligencesquaredus.fora.tv.

The first debate of the Spring 2012 season will take place on January 10 at the NYU Skirball Center in New York City with a divisive and timely proposition: The U.N. should Admit Palestine as a full member state. After 20 years of failed talks with Israel, can the recent plea by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the U.N. really serve as an effective way to create a two state solution? Or is Palestine setting the peace process back by bypassing negotiations?

In support of the motion are Mustafa Barghouthi, Former Palestinian National Authority Presidential Candidate, and Daniel Levy, Former Israeli Government Negotiator & J Street Co-Founder. Against the motion are Aaron David Miller, Former U.S. Mideast Negotiator, and advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State, and Dore Gold, former Israel Ambassador to the United Nations.

Additional motions to be considered in the Spring 2012 debates season are:

Confirmed panelists include best-selling author and New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell; New York Times bestselling author Dr. Pamela Peeke; MoveOn.org’s Eli Pariser; Fox News’ John Stossel; and Slate Editor-in-Chief Jacob Weisberg. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin has been invited to participate and additional panelists will be announced soon.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Intelligence Squared U.S. as the online partner for these important and provocative debates,” said Blaise Zerega, CEO and president of FORA.tv. “Intelligence Squared US debates address some of the critical issues of our time and offer tremendous appeal to our smart, engaged audience.”

“FORA.tv helps us extend our programming to a rapidly growing online audience,” added Dana Wolfe, executive producer of the Intelligence Squared US debates. “Our goal in producing these debates is to stimulate conversation and to foster civil dialogue among people on all sides of an issue. Working with FORA.tv enables us to amplify the impact of our events.”

Founded in New York City in 2006 by businessman and philanthropist Robert Rosenkranz, IQ2US has grown into an internationally syndicated series heard and watched by millions through radio broadcast, TV syndication, and now, live online via FORA.tv. The series has attracted some of the world's top thinkers as debate participants, including Christopher Hitchens, Arianna Huffington, Paul Krugman, Karl Rove and Fareed Zakaria, to name just a few.

As a general election year approaches, Intelligence Squared U.S. is committed to providing an alternative to the toxically emotional and reflexively ideological elements of the 24-hour news cycle. The series strives to heighten public discourse with entertaining, provocative, original and honest Oxford-style debates.

John Donvan, correspondent for ABC News Nightline, is moderator of Intelligence Squared U.S. debates. Live debates in New York City take place at the NYU Skirball Center in New York City.

ABOUT FORA.tv
FORA.tv is the leading online destination for video programs from the world's best conferences and events. With more than 10,000 free and fee-based videos and its iPad “Conference Channel” app, FORA.tv has the web's largest collection of programs that feature the people, issues, and ideas changing the world. FORA.tv helps hundreds of organizations including the Aspen Institute, the Economist, the New York Public Library, and Wired expand the audience for their events. FORA.tv has been named a Top 50 Web Site by TIME, and a Top Education Site by The Telegraph. FORA.tv is funded by a select group of investors led by William R. Hearst III and is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://fora.tv.

ABOUT INTELLIGENCE SQUARED DEBATES (IQ2US)
Rethink your point of view with Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), Oxford-style debates live from New York City. Based on the highly successful debate program based in London, Intelligence Squared U.S. has presented over 50 debates on a wide range of provocative and timely topics. From global warming and the financial crisis, to Afghanistan/Pakistan and the death of mainstream media, Intelligence Squared U.S. brings together the world’s leading authorities on the day’s most important issues. Since its inception in 2006, the goals of The Intelligence Squared U.S. Foundation have been to provide a new forum for intelligent discussion, grounded in facts and informed by reasoned analysis; to transcend the toxically emotional and the reflexively ideological; and to encourage recognition that the opposing side has intellectually respectable views. Visit http://www.iq2us.org for more information.

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