Public Debate Series

2014-2015:

Bard College Tournament Final Round
September 21, 5:30pm
Bard College, Olin Audtorium

Resolved: The fate of the world depends upon the success or failure of America’s model of democratic self-government
Hannah Arendt Center Conference Public Debate
October 7, 7:00pm
Bard College, Room TBD

Family Weekend Public Debate
October 24, 7:00pm
Bard College, Room TBD

Citizen Science Public Debate
Date TBD
Bard College, Campus Center Red Room

4th Annual Middle School/High School Tournament Public Debate
March 6, 8:30am
Bard College, Olin LC 115


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 Round Table 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!

Resolved: When met with disproportionate state violence, protestors should respond with violence
February 28, 2014, 8:30am
Bard College, Olin Language Center 115
Public Debate in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard College


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 Round Table 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

Resolved: The federal government should require 2 years of civil/national service for all United States citizens between the ages of 18 and 24
March 1, 2013, 2:00pm
Bard College, Olin Language Center 115
Public Debate in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard College

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


2011-2012:

This house believes that 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

This house would recognize internet access as 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

This house would lower the drinking age to 18
November 4, 2011, 7:00pm
University of Vermont, Marsh Life Sciences Building 235
Public Debate at the University of Vermont

This house would occupy Wall Street
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

This house supports the use of animal testing in scientific research
January 18, 2012, 7:00pm
Bard College, RKC 103 (Laszlo Z. Bito ’60 Auditorium)
Citizen Science Public Debate

This house is in favor of community fines at Bard College
February 22, 2012, 7:00pm
Bard College, RKC 103 (Laszlo Z. Bito ’60 Auditorium)
Public Debate on a Pressing Community Issue

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