"We hope this evening will be a start for a lively debate on..." Men on the stage talk about culture. Women are allowed into the debate when they address emotions (and when they are pretty and young). Women are asked to talk about personal things, middle-aged men talk about facts and politics.
The debate goes on and on and suddenly there is not really time for discussion (which actually means questions). The moderator asks questions starting mostly with "isn´t it so" or questions without a question.
This is what we in Europe call public debate.