Civic Engagement

Housed in Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement, the Bard Debate Union views civic engagement as the central function of a university debate program. Through public debates and work with our local communities and the national and international Bard networks, Bard debaters come to see debate as much more than competition; rather, debate becomes an assertion of civic participation and global citizenship par excellence – an empowering and productive way of engaging with our communities.

Among Bard’s basic principles is a fundamental belief in the link between liberal education and democracy. Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement supports, coordinates, and promotes the wide array of initiatives that define Bard as a private institution in the public interest. Whether it is in social service organizations in the Hudson Valley, in prisons, in high schools in New York, New Orleans, Baltimore, or Cleveland, or in universities in Russia, the West Bank, and Kyrgyzstan, Bard is always innovating and engaging! Learn more about the Center for Civic Engagement:

High School Debate Workshop (Fall 2017)