Events Calendar

2021-2022 Events:

Info Session – Debate at Bard
Monday, August 23, 5pm (Olin 202)
Interested in learning more about the Bard Debate Union? Join our L&T Info Session to meet coaches and learn about everything we do – public debates, competitive debate, debate outreach, international network debate, prison debate, and more! No prior debate experience is needed!

Meeting – Welcome to the Bard Debate Union
Thursday, Sept 2, 7:00pm (Olin 203)
Join coaches and returning students for our first meeting of the year! We will go over all of the things we do – public debates, competitive debate, debate outreach, international network debate, prison debate, and more! No prior debate experience is needed!

Faculty Discussion Series (OSUN Global Debate Network)
6 October – 17 November 2021, 9:30am biweekly
Zoom
Join leaders of the Global Debate Network and faculty from across OSUN institutions for a series of informal discussions on best practices for using debate in the classroom. Faculty will be encouraged to share debate activities and assignments they are currently using in their classes as well as to ask questions and seek feedback from one another.

Student Debate Series (OSUN Global Debate Network)
13 October – 8 December 2021, 9:00am biweekly
Zoom
Join leaders of the Global Debate Network and students from across OSUN institutions for a series of student debates on timely and exciting topics!

Roundtable – Talking Politics with the Bard Debate Union
23 October 2021, 2:00pm
Olin Auditorium
Join current members of the Bard Debate Union as well as BDU alumni/ae for a roundtable discussion on current affairs and how young people can find their voices in the contemporary political landscape. This event is part of Bard’s Family/Alumni Weekend 2021; for more information about Family/Alumni Weekend, visit: https://www.bard.edu/familyweekend/  

Prison Debate – The celebration of Malcolm X as an autodidact does more harm than good
3 December 2021, 9:00am
Eastern NY Correctional Facility
Members of the Bard Prison Initiative Debate Union face off against Morehouse on this exciting topic about the legacy of Malcolm X – himself a prison debater! This is the 13th public style debate hosted by the Bard Prison Initiative Debate Union. For more information about BPI, visit: https://bpi.bard.edu/

Public Debate – The celebration of Malcolm X as an autodidact does more harm than good
6 December 2021, 11:00am
Fishkill Correctional Facility
Members of the Bard Prison Initiative Debate Union at Fishkill face off against the Bard Debate Union at Annandale on this exciting topic about the legacy of Malcolm X – himself a prison debater! This is the first time the BPI and Bard Debate Unions will face each other in a formal public debate! For more information about BPI, visit: https://bpi.bard.edu/

Student Debate Series (OSUN Global Debate Network)
9 February – 11 May 2022, 9:00am 
Zoom
Join leaders of the Global Debate Network and students from across OSUN institutions for a series of student debates on timely and exciting topics!

Tournament – 11th Annual High School Debate Tournament at Bard 
5 March 2022, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Zoom
Students, teachers, and staff members from High Schools throughout the Hudson Valley and Bard Early Colleges will join us for a day of debates, discussion, and collaboration. Motions for the 2022 tournament are:
1. This house believes that the United States should nationalize broadband internet service
2. This believes that humanity should invest heavily in the exploration of deep space (e.g. colonizing, space mining, finding alien races, etc.)
3. This house regrets the narrative that it is best to exercise restraint and uphold democratic norms even when an opposing political party breaks them (for example, “when they go low, we go high”)

Faculty Discussion Series (OSUN Global Debate Network)
11 March, 8 April, 6 May 2022 – 9:30am 
Zoom
Join leaders of the Global Debate Network and faculty from across OSUN institutions for a series of informal discussions on best practices for using debate in the classroom. Faculty will be encouraged to share debate activities and assignments they are currently using in their classes as well as to ask questions and seek feedback from one another.

 More spring 2022 events coming soon!