Public Debates/Events

2015-2016:

Public Style Debate at Eastern NY Correctional Facility: Topic TBA
September 18, 2015, 1:00pm
Eastern NY Correctional Facility

Public-style debate at Eastern NY Correctional Facility.

Bard College Invitational Final Round: Topic TBA
September 20, 2015, 5:30pm
Bard College, Olin Auditorium

Bard College Invitational Final Round. The four best teams from the Bard College Invitational will have it out amongst themselves to determine the tournament champion. The topic will be announced 15 minutes before the start of the debate!

Hannah Arendt Center Conference Public Debate: Topic TBA
October 13, 2015, 7:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center MPR

Hannah Arendt Center Conference Public Debate. Co-sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Bard-West Point exchange, this debate will feature both faculty and students from both Bard and West Point!

Family Weekend Roundtable: Topic TBA
October 23, 2015, 7:30pm
Bard College, RKC 103

Family Weekend Faculty/Student Roundtable. Faculty members join members of the Bard Debate Union for a round-table discussion on an important issue in current events. Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program.

Spring 2015 Public Debates Coming Soon!


2014-2015:

Resolved: NATO should be immediately disbanded
September 19, 2014, 1:00pm
Eastern NY Correctional Facility

Public-style debate against the University of Vermont. This was the second debate hosted by the Bard Debate Union at Eastern NY Correctional Facility.

Resolved: Police departments should be required to be racially representative of the communities that they police
September 21, 2014, 5:30pm
Bard College, Olin Auditorium

Bard College Invitational Final Round. The four best teams from the Bard College Invitational will have it out amongst themselves to determine the tournament champion. The topic will be announced 15 minutes before the start of the debate!

Resolved: Individualism is an American value worth fighting for
October 7, 2014, 7:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center MPR

Hannah Arendt Center Conference Public Debate. Co-sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Bard-West Point exchange, this debate will feature both faculty and students from both Bard and West Point!

Family Weekend Roundtable: The US and ISIS – What should be done?
October 24, 2014, 7:30pm
Bard College, RKC 103

Family Weekend Faculty/Student Roundtable. Faculty members Walter Russell Mead and Peter Rosenblum join members of the Bard Debate Union for a round-table discussion on this important issue in current events. Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program.

4th Annual Middle School/High School Debate Tournament at Bard College
February 27, 2015, 8:30am – 3:15pm
Bard College, Olin LC 115

Debate topics for the tournament include:
1. Resolved: Police officers in the United States should patrol without firearms.
2. Resolved: When in conflict with one another, national security is more important than the protection of individual liberties.
3. Resolved: Homework in primary and secondary education should be abolished!

Should hate speech be criminalized?
March 4, 2015, 7:00pm
Bard College, Weis Cinema

Public debate in response to the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris and recent political discussions about the implications of limiting free speech.

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should nationalize the pharmaceutical industry
April 24, 2015, 1:00pm
Eastern NY Correctional Facility

Public-style debate against the US Military Academy at West Point. This will be the third debate hosted by the Bard Debate Union at Eastern NY Correctional Facility. Co-Sponsored by the Bard Debate Union and the Bard-West Point Exchange.

Resolved: Voting in national elections should be compulsory
April 25, 2015, 1:30pm
Bard College, RKC 103

Public debate for prospective students and their families on Accepted Students Day. A brief info session about debate at Bard will follow the debate.


2013-2014:

Resolved: Drones do more good than harm
September 12, 2013, 7:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center MPR
Bard/West Point Exchange Debate. Featuring Bard College Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Peter Rosenblum, and West Point Instructor of American Politics, Captain Adam Scher. Co-Sponsored by the Bard Debate Union, the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Human Rights Project, and the Bard-West Point Exchange

Resolved: Online learning will save higher education
October 1, 2013, 7:00pm
Bard College, RKC 103 (Laszlo Z. Bito ’60 Auditorium)
Faculty/Student Public Debate in conjunction with the annual Hannah Arendt Center Conference. Featuring Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Hannah Arendt Center, Roger Berkowitz, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, Robert McGrail

Family Weekend Roundtable and Public Debate: Humanitarian Intervention
October 25, 2013
Bard College, RKC 103 (Laszlo Z. Bito ’60 Auditorium)
6:30pm: Faculty Round Table featuring Walter Russell Mead, Michelle Murray, and Peter Rosenblum
7:30pm: Public Debate – Resolved: Military intervention can never be ‘humanitarian’
Co-sponsored by the Bard Debate Union and the Center for Civic Engagement

Resolved: All colleges and universities should implement a Citizen Science Program
January 9, 2014, 4:30pm
Bard College, Campus Center Red Room
Demo-debate as part of our annual Citizen Science Debate Workshop

Resolved: The war powers authority of the President of the United States to authorize indefinite detention should be restricted
January 29, 2014, 7:00pm
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library (Hyde Park, NY)

Public debate as part of a national series of public debates on the topic of presidential war powers taking place at presidential libraries all over the US. Participants include students from Bard College, West Point, Cornell University, St. John’s University, and SUNY Binghamton. Event is free and open to the public!

3rd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard College
February 28, 2014, 8:30am – 3:15pm
Bard College, Olin Language Center 115
Topics include:
1. Resolved: When met with disproportionate violence, protestors have the right to respond with violence. (Demo Debate topic)
2. Resolved: The United States should eliminate its weapons of mass destruction
3. Resolved: The smart phone does more harm than good

Resolved: The United States should fund the development of a comprehensive high-speed rail system
April 4, 2014, 1:00pm
Eastern NY Correctional Facility

Public-style debate against the Military Academy at West Point. This was the first debate hosted by the Bard Debate Union at Eastern NY Correctional Facility. Co-Sponsored by the Bard Debate Union and the Bard-West Point Exchange.


2012-2013:

Resolved: the president does not matter
September 19, 2012, 7:00pm
Bard College, Multipurpose Room
Public Debate in conjunction with the annual Hannah Arendt Center Conference
Link: The Hannah Arendt Center Fall 2012 Conference, “Does the President Matter?”

Family Weekend Roundtable and Public Debate: Presidential Debates 
October 12, 2012
Bard College, RKC 103 (Laszlo Z. Bito ’60 Auditorium)
6:30pm: Faculty Round Table featuring Jonathan Becker, Walter Russell Mead, and David O’Connell
7:30pm: Mock Presidential Debate (Obama vs. Romney)
Co-sponsored by the Bard Debate Union and the Center for Civic Engagement

This house would impeach Obama
November 28, 2012, 7:00pm
Bard College, RKC 103 (Laszlo Z. Bito ’60 Auditorium)
Third debate in our “presidential debates” series

2nd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard College
March 1, 2013, 8:30am – 2:00pm
Bard College, Olin Language Center 115
Topics include:
1. Resolved: The federal government should require 2 years of civil/national service for all United States citizens between the ages of 18 and 24
2. The personal possession of handguns should be outlawed in the United States.

Does marriage equality reinforce a conservative institution or support social change?
April 24, 2013, 7:00pm
Bard College, Olin 102


2011-2012:

Resolved: The United States should actively support democracy efforts in ‘Arab Spring’ nations
September 29, 2011, 7:30pm
Bard College, RKC 103 (Laszlo Z. Bito ’60 Auditorium)
Public Debate vs. The Lawrence Debate Union of the University of Vermont

Resolved: Internet access should be a human right
October 28, 2011, 6:30pm
Bard College, RKC 103 (Laszlo Z. Bito ’60 Auditorium)
Family Weekend Public Debate
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement

Resolved: The drinking age in the United States should be lowered to 18
November 4, 2011, 7:00pm
University of Vermont, Marsh Life Sciences Building 235
Public Debate at the University of Vermont

Resolved: Occupy Wall Street has been a success
November 17, 2011, 7:00pm
Bard College, RKC 103 (Laszlo Z. Bito ’60 Auditorium)
Public Debate on the occasion of the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street

Resolved: The use of animal testing in scientific research does more harm than good
January 18, 2012, 7:00pm
Bard College, RKC 103 (Laszlo Z. Bito ’60 Auditorium)
Citizen Science Public Debate

Resolved: Community fines should be instituted at Bard College
February 22, 2012, 7:00pm
Bard College, RKC 103 (Laszlo Z. Bito ’60 Auditorium)
Public Debate on a Pressing Community Issue

1st Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard College
Friday, March 9, 2012, 8:30am – 2:00pm
Olin Language Center 115
Topics include:
1. Resolved: Facebook does more harm than good.
2. Resolved: The voting age in the United States should be lowered to 16.

Can war be just?
April 24, 2012, 7:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center MPR
Public Debate as part of the Just War Conference between Bard and West Point
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Bard-West Point Exchange