Public Debates/Events

2017-2018:

Public Debate – Topic TBD
October 11, 2017, 6:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center MPR

Opening event for the Hannah Arendt Center Conference – “Crises of Democracy: Thinking in Dark Times” (October 12-13, 2017). This debate will feature both the Bard and West Point debate teams on mixed teams. Co-sponsored by the Bard Debate Union, the Hannah Arendt Center, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Bard-West Point exchange. For more information about this year’s Hannah Arendt Center Conference, visit: http://hac.bard.edu/con2017

Roundtable – Topic TBD
Date TBD
Bard College, Olin Auditorium

Faculty members join members of the Bard Debate Union for a Family Weekend Faculty-Student Roundtable discussion.

Intra-Network Online Debate – Topic TBD
Date TBD
Bard College, Old Henderson 303

Debate team members from Bard Network campuses – Al Quds Bard, American University of Central Asia, Bard College, Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University, and Smolny College – will debate online.

BPI Public Debate – Topic TBD
December 1, 2017, 1:00pm
Eastern NY Correctional Facility
Public-style debate against Morehouse College. This is the eighth debate hosted by the Bard Debate Union at Eastern NY Correctional Facility.

7th Annual Middle School/High School Debate Tournament at Bard College
Date TBD
Bard College, Olin LC 115
Debate topics TBD

Public Debate – Topic TBD
Date TBD
Bard College, Weis Cinema
Student-run public debate. Details coming soon!

Intra-Network Online Debate – Topic TBD
Date TBD
Bard College, Old Henderson 303

Debate team members from Bard Network campuses – Al Quds Bard, American University of Central Asia, Bard College, Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University, and Smolny College – will debate online.

BPI Public Debate – Topic TBD
Date TBD
Eastern NY Correctional Facility
Public-style debate against the US Military Academy at West Point. This is the ninth 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.

 

2016-2017:

BPI Public Debate – Resolved: The president of the United States should be elected by popular vote
September 23, 2016, 1:00pm
Eastern NY Correctional Facility
Public-style debate against Brown University. This is the sixth debate hosted by the Bard Debate Union at Eastern NY Correctional Facility.

Screening – Presidential Debate 
September 26, 2016, 9:00pm
Bard College, Weis Cinema

Join members of the Bard Debate Union to watch the first presidential debate. Co-sponsored by the Bard Debate Union and Election@bard.

Screening – Vice-Presidential Debate 
October 4, 2016, 9:00pm
Bard College, Weis Cinema

Join members of the Bard Debate Union to watch the vice-presidential debate. Co-sponsored by the Bard Debate Union and Election@bard.

Screening – Presidential Debate
October 9, 2016, 9:00pm
Bard College, Weis Cinema

Join members of the Bard Debate Union to watch the second presidential debate. Co-sponsored by the Bard Debate Union and Election@bard.

Public Debate – Resolved: The rapid rise of “safe space” rhetoric on college campuses has done more harm than good
October 18, 2016, 7:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center MPR

Opening event for the Hannah Arendt Center Conference – “Real Talk: Difficult Questions about Race, Sex and Religion” (October 20-21, 2016). This debate will feature both the Bard and West Point debate teams on mixed teams. Co-sponsored by the Bard Debate Union, the Hannah Arendt Center, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Bard-West Point exchange. For more information about this year’s Hannah Arendt Center Conference, visit: http://hac.bard.edu/con2016

Screening – Presidential Debate
October 19, 2016, 9:00pm
Bard College, Weis Cinema

Join members of the Bard Debate Union to watch the third and final presidential debate. Co-sponsored by the Bard Debate Union and Election@bard.

Roundtable – The 2016 Presidential Race
October 29, 2016, 5:00pm
Bard College, Olin Auditorium

Faculty members Jonathan Becker (Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Political Studies, and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement) and Walter Russell Mead (James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities) join members of the Bard Debate Union for a Family Weekend Roundtable discussion on the 2016 presidential race and its global implications.

Open Discussion – 2016 Presidential Election Results
November 9, 2016, 5:00pm
Bard College, Olin 303

Join members of the Bard Debate Union for a discussion about the 2016 Presidential Election results. Discuss, speak, listen, reflect upon, and process this historic election together.

Intra-Network Online Debate – Resolved: All nations have a right to nuclear weapons
November 14, 2016, 10:00am
Bard College, Old Henderson 303

Members of the Bard College Debate Team, the Bard College Berlin Debate Team, the Al Quds Bard Debate Team, and Smolny College Debate Team will debate against one another in our first Intra-Network online debate on the topic, “This house believes that all states have a right to nuclear weapons.”

Debate Workshop – Citizen Science 
January 23, 2017, 7:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center Red Room
Introduction to the Bard Debate Union for First Year Students. New debaters welcome and encouraged to attend!

6th Annual Middle School/High School Debate Tournament at Bard College
February 17, 2017, 8:30am-3:15pm
Bard College, Olin LC 115
Debate topics for the tournament include:
1. Resolved: Social media does more harm than good for the distribution of news.
2. Resolved: Elected politicians should be paid the median wage in their country.
3. Resolved: The personal ownership of pets is immoral.

Bard Network Debate Conference
March 15-18, 2017
Central European University – Budapest, Hungary
Two students and one faculty/staff member from each of Bard’s six network campuses (Al Quds Bard, American University of Central Asia, Bard College Annandale, Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University, and Smolny College) will join together for four days of lectures, workshops, and debates.

Public Debate – Resolved: The production of fake news should be criminalized
March 18, 2017, 4:00pm
Central European University – Budapest, Hungary
The final event of the Bard Network Debate Conference. The debate will feature one student from each of Bard’s six network campuses (Al Quds Bard, American University of Central Asia, Bard College Annandale, Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University, and Smolny College).

BPI Public Debate – Resolved: The rapid automation of labor does more harm than good
April 21, 2017, 1:00pm
Eastern NY Correctional Facility
Public-style debate against the US Military Academy at West Point. This is the seventh 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.

 

2015-2016:

BPI Public Debate – Resolved: Public schools in the United States should have the ability to deny enrollment to undocumented students
September 18, 2015, 1:00pm
Eastern NY Correctional Facility

Public-style debate against Harvard University. This is the fourth debate hosted by the Bard Debate Union at Eastern NY Correctional Facility.

Bard College Invitational Final Round – This house supports the creation of public afro-centric schools
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!

Public Debate – Resolved: National security is more important than the individual right to privacy
October 14, 2015, 7:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center MPR

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

Roundtable – The Middle East Meltdown – What Should the US Do?
October 23, 2015, 7:30pm
Bard College, RKC 103

Family Weekend Faculty/Student Roundtable. Faculty members Walter Russell Mead and James Ketterer 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.

Screening – Republican Primary Debate
November 10, 2015, 9:00pm
Bard College, Weis Cinema

Join members of the Bard Debate Union for a screening of the republican primary debate! Snacks will be provided!

Screening – Democratic Primary Debate
November 14, 2015, 9:00pm
Bard College, RKC 103

Join members of the Bard Debate Union for a screening of the democratic primary debate! Snacks will be provided!

Workshop – Citizen Science 
January 25, 2016, 7:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center Red Room
Citizen Science debate workshop and demo debate on the topic: This house believes that governments should heavily restrict the use of antibiotics. New debaters welcome and encouraged to attend!

5th Annual Middle School/High School Debate Tournament at Bard College
February 26, 2016, 8:30am-3:15pm
Bard College, Olin LC 115
Debate topics for the tournament include:
1. Resolved: The West should accept all refugees fleeing from conflict
2. Resolved: Nations should focus on adapting to climate change rather than preventing it
3. Resolved: Voting in presidential elections should be mandatory for all eligible US voters

Public Debate – Resolved: The US should move faster than the Paris Agreement to cut global warming pollution
April 4, 2016, 7:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center MPR

Public debate with Vassar College. Co-Sponsored by the Bard Debate Union and Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy and part of the Power Dialog (http://www.bard.edu/cep/powerdialog/).

BPI Public Debate – Resolved: American corporations should not have constitutional rights
April 15, 2016, 1:00pm
Eastern NY Correctional Facility

Public-style debate against the US Military Academy at West Point. This is the fifth 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.


2014-2015:

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

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

Bard College Invitational Final Round – 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!

Public 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!

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

Public Debate – 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.

BPI Public Debate – 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 is 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.

Public Debate – 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:

Public Debate – 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

Public Debate – 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

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

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

Public Debate – 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

BPI Public Debate – 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 is 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:

Public Debate – 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?”

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

Public Debate – 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

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


2011-2012:

Public Debate – 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

Public Debate – 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

Public Debate – 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

Public Debate – 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

Public Debate – 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

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

Public Debate – 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