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Great American Think-Off



Annual philosophy debate in New York Mills, Minnesota

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Event Details

Date: 06/12/2021

Start time: 19:00

End time: 22:00

Venue: James W. Mann Center For Performing Arts, New York Mills Schools

Address: 209 N Hayes Avenue, New York Mills, MN, 56567


The 28th annual Great American Think-Off will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in New York Mills, MN.

This year’s question is: Which is more important: to win or to play by the rules?

The Think-Off is an exhibition of civil disagreement between powerful ideas that connect to your life at the gut level. The Cultural Center, located in the rural farming and manufacturing town of New York Mills, sponsors this annual philosophy contest.

People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to submit an essay of no more than 750 words for a chance to win one of four $500 cash prizes and participate in the live debate to ultimately answer the question, determined by audience vote.

The deadline to submit essays is April 1. The four finalists will be chosen by May 1, and will travel to New York Mills, MN to debate the topic before a live audience on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the James W. Mann Center For Performing Arts in the New York Mills Public School.

Immediately following the debate, all are invited to a reception at the Cultural Center for a chance to continue the discussion with the finalists and other attendees. COVID safety guidelines will be observed for all events.

For more info and to submit your essay online, visit

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