The Great Debate took place over the first ten months of 2020. It was conceived as a good-natured, fun avenue for discussion and bragging about the mining profession, while generating donations to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.
Teams (sectors) of the mining industry’s leading braggarts were enlisted to brag, roast, cajole and otherwise humorously make a case for their supreme importance to civilization. Teams included the following:
From January through October 2020, one sector's position statement was published monthly in SME's Mining Engineering Journal.
You can read each sector's positions by clicking here for the articles as published by SME.
On October 30th, The Great Debate concluded with a virtual "Happy Hour" in which the team leaders congregated on a virtual platform to present their final and best arguments. Votes and donations were tabulated to determine that the METALLURGISTS provided the most important work and benefits to society as a whole. They won bragging rights, all sector leaders were awarded an artistic caricature to hang on their portrait wall.
All was in good fun, and the evening ended with good humor and camaraderie.
Scroll down for a look at the final scoreboard. If you would like to watch the full version or clips of the videos from the Finale on October 30th, please choose from below:
DBS Thanks Supporters
Marc LeVier Metallurgists
Ruby Barickman for Emerging Leaders
Tim Arnold for Miners
William Lipps for Environmental/Safety
Ann Carpenter & Kelly Ward Women
Full Feature Video of The Great Debate Finale
While the final tabulations have been made, the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum can still use your help. Donations to support The Great Debate are still welcome, and appreciated, through the end of the year. (Please note that voting will no longer be scored.)
If you prefer, you may call or mail in your donation.
The Metallurgists have won the 2020 Great Debate!!! Thank you to everyone who participated.
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