A message from the founders
In the world today, there is too little time for rational debate. Echo-chambers are replacing discussion. Therefore, we at Colloquium feel that this has to change for our society to progress. It is imperative that each individual is able to engage with the other side. Only then is there adequate room for people to choose their views based on reason and fact rather than fake news that populate the world today. Each of the founders holds debating very close to their heart- this site exists to promote it.
Maxwell DeLorenzo, Head of Economics
Maxwell, a 17-year old student at Eton College in the United Kingdom, is highly motivated by a desire to thoroughly understand human relationships and interactions. Economics, therefore, is one of his passions and one of the reasons why he joined this project in the first place. His hobbies, other than journalism and debating, include chess, tennis, squash, piano and computer programming.
For A-Levels he is studying Maths, Further Maths, History and Spanish. Born in the United States, he is considering returning there for university.
Cees Armstrong, Head of International Relations and Environment
Cees is a 17-year old student who is very passionate about helping our society progress. In particular, he is fascinated by how our world can diffuse tensions and work together to solve global problems, such as climate change. Other than journalism and debating, he also is very passionate about chess, reading and rowing.
For A-levels, he is studying History, Greek, Maths and Further Maths. Originally from Singapore, he is still unsure where his future paths will take him.
Aarit Bhattacharya, Head of Philosophy
Aarit is a 17-year old student at Eton College with a range of interests in subjects like philosophy, politics and computer science. He seeks to bridge the gap between the liberal arts and STEM as in a rapidly modernising world which grows ever more divided as a result of political rhetoric, it has never been more important to appreciate the importance of both these areas.
His interests include debating, coding, cricket and entrepreneurship. For A-Levels heis studying Maths, Further Maths, Computer Science and Physics. He also hopes to study at an American University afterwards.