Events Calendar

2018-2019

Public Debate – Must dissent in democracy be civil and non-violent?
October 10, 2018, 6:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center MPR
Opening event for the Hannah Arendt Center Conference – “Citizenship and Civil Disobedience” (October 11-12, 2018). This debate will feature both the Bard and West Point debate 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/con2018

Screening – 19th Congressional District Debate: Antonio Delgado vs. John Faso
October 23, 7:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center Weis Cinema
Join members of the Bard Debate Union and Election@Bard to watch the 19th Congressional District debate between incumbent John Faso and democrat Antonio Delgado. There will be snacks! Co-Sponsored by the Bard Debate Union and Election@Bard.

Roundtable – Trump, American Foreign Policy, and the Midterm Election
October 27, 2:00pm
Bard College, Olin Auditorium

Faculty members Jonathan Becker – Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs,  Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, and Associate Professor of Political Studies – and Chris McIntosh – Assistant Professor of Political Studies – join members of the Bard Debate Union for a Family Weekend Faculty-Student Roundtable discussion.

Workshop – The Art of Debate
November 10, 2018, 11:00am
Bard College, Olin 205

Students and teachers from area high schools will come to Bard for a day of debating activities and an opportunity to learn more about college debate. Bard debate union members will teach workshops, lead practice debates, and debate side-by-side our high school visitors.

Online Debate – Should English should be the primary language of education in developing countries?
November 12, 2018, 8:00am
Bard College, Old Henderson 303

Debate team members from three of Bard’s international network campuses – Al Quds Bard, American University of Central Asia, and Bard College Berlin – will join members of the Bard Debate Union for an online debate.

Prison Debate – Should Puerto Rico should be a US State?
November 30, 2018, 1:00pm
Eastern NY Correctional Facility
Public-style debate against the University of Pennsylvania. This is the tenth debate hosted by the Bard Debate Union at Eastern NY Correctional Facility.

Workshop – Civil Disobedience Today
January 21, 2019, Time TBA
Bard College, Location TBA
Join members of the Bard Debate Union for an introduction to debate workshop and practice debate on the advantages and disadvantages of civil disobedience today. This event is part of Bard’s “MLK Day of Engagement,” organized by Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement and the Bard Citizen Science program.

Online Debate – Topic TBA
February 18, 8:00am
Bard College, Old Henderson 303

Debate team members from three of Bard’s international network campuses (TBA) will join members of the Bard Debate Union for an online debate.

Tournament – 8th Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard
March 1, 2019, 8:30am-3:30pm
Bard College, Olin Auditorium
Students, teachers, and staff members from High Schools throughout the Hudson Valley and Bard High School Early Colleges in Manhattan, Newark, Queens, Baltimore, Cleveland, Harlem, and Hudson will join us for a day of debates, discussion, and collaboration. Topics will be announced in January!

Conference – 3rd International Bard-Network Debate Conference
March 9-14, 2019
Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)
Students, faculty, and staff from Bard’s international network campuses – Al-Quds Bard (Abu Dis, Palestine), American University of Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), Bard College Berlin (Berlin, Germany), European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania), Smolny College (St. Petersburg, Russia) will join members of the Bard Debate Union at Central European University for four days of debate training and discussion. Participants will put on a public debate on the final day of the conference.

Public Debate – Free Speech on College Campuses
April 5, 2019
Bard College, Location TBA
Join us for a public debate on this important and timely topic. More details coming soon!

Prison Debate – Topic TBA
Date TBA
Eastern NY Correctional Facility
Public-style debate (opponent TBA). This is the eleventh debate hosted by the Bard Debate Union at Eastern NY Correctional Facility.