Events Calendar

2019-2020 Events:

Screening – Democratic Primary Debate
12 September 2019, 8:00pm
Bard College, Weis Cinema
Join members of the Bard Debate Union and Election@Bard to watch Round 3 of the Democratic Primary Debates. There will be snacks! Co-Sponsored by the Bard Debate Union and Election@Bard.

Tournament – Bard College IV
21-22 September 2019, 9am-7pm
Bard College, Olin Auditorium
An inter-collegiate debate tournament featuring participants from colleges and universities all over the Northeastern United States, as well as from Bard’s national and international networks. Debate rounds will run all day Saturday and Sunday. The final round – featuring the top 4 teams of the tournament – will be open to the public: Sunday, Sept 22, 5:00pm. For more information, please visit the tournament event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/347962635914296/

Public Debate – Should the US prison system be abolished or reformed?
7 October 2019, 7:00pm
Bard College, Campus Center MPR
Opening event for the Hannah Arendt Center Conference – “Racism and Antisemitism” (October 10-11, 2019). 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: https://hac.bard.edu/conference2019

Screening – Democratic Primary Debate
15 October 2019, 8:00pm
Bard College, Weis Cinema
Join members of the Bard Debate Union, Election@Bard, and the Bard Democrats to watch Round 4 of the Democratic Primary Debates. There will be snacks! Co-Sponsored by the Bard Debate Union, Election@Bard, and the Bard Democrats.

Roundtable – Trump and American Foreign Policy
26 October 2019, 2:00pm
Bard College, Olin Auditorium

Malia DuMont (Chief of Staff, Vice President for Strategy and Policy, and faculty member in the Political Studies program) and Chris McIntosh (Assistant Professor of Political Studies) join members of the Bard Debate Union for a Faculty-Student Roundtable discussion on Donald Trump and American foreign policy. Moderated by Ruth Zisman, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Co-Director of the Bard Debate Union.  For more information about Family and Alumni weekend, visit: https://www.bard.edu/familyweekend/

Workshop – The Art of Debate
9 November 2019, 11am-4pm
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.

Prison Debate – Should the United States federal government support clinical trials of human germline genome editing?
November 15, 2019, 1:00pm
Eastern NY Correctional Facility
Public-style debate against Duke University. This is the twelfth debate hosted by the Bard Debate Union at Eastern NY Correctional Facility. Learn more about the BPI Debate Union here: https://debate.bard.edu/bardprisoninitiative/ and learn more about BPI here: https://bpi.bard.edu/

Online Debate – This house prefers a world with one universal language
November 20, 2019, 8:00am
Bard College, Barringer Global Classroom

Debate team members from Bard’s international network campuses – Al Quds Bard (Palestine), European Humanities University (Lithuania), and Smolny College (Russia) – will join members of the Bard Debate Union for an online debate.

Online Debate – Topic TBA
Date/time/location TBA
Debate team members from three of Bard’s international network campuses – Al Quds Bard, American University of Central Asia, Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University, and Smolny College – will join members of the Bard Debate Union for an online debate.

Tournament – 9th Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard
Feb 28, 2019, 8:30am-3:30pm
Bard College, Olin LC 115
Students, teachers, and staff members from High Schools throughout the Hudson Valley will join us for a day of debates, discussion, and collaboration. Motions for the 2020 tournament will be released in January.

Conference – 4th Bard International Network Debate Conference
March 15-20, 2020
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. On the final day of the conference, participants will participate in a mini-tournament, culminating in a final round open to the public.

Roundtable – Topic TBA
April 4, 2019, time TBA
Location TBA
Thinking about coming to Bard and joining the debate team? Come check out our Roundtable with the Bard Debate Union as part of Bard’s Open House for Accepted Students!

Prison Debate – Topic TBA
Date/Time TBA
Eastern NY Correctional Facility
Public-style debate. This is the thirteenth debate hosted by the Bard Debate Union at Eastern NY Correctional Facility.