Events Calendar


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:

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 Walter Russell Mead – James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program – 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.

Intra-Network Online Debate – Topic TBA
November 12, 2018, 8:00am
Bard College, Old Henderson 303

Debate team members from Bard Network campuses – Al Quds Bard, Bard College, Bard College Berlin, and Smolny College – will debate online.

BPI Public Debate – Resolved: 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.

Spring 2019 events coming soon!