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:

Public Debate – The US Prison System: Abolition or Reform?
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:

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

Faculty members (TBA) join members of the Bard Debate Union for a Family Weekend Faculty-Student Roundtable discussion. For more information about Family and Alumni weekend, visit:

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.

Online Debate – Topic TBA
November 18, 2019, 8:00am
Bard College, Location TBA

Debate team members from 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.

Prison Debate – Topic TBA
Date/Time TBA
Eastern NY Correctional Facility
Public-style debate against TBA. This is the twelfth debate hosted by the Bard Debate Union at Eastern NY Correctional Facility. Learn more about the BPI Debate Union here: and learn more about BPI here:

Spring 2020 events coming soon!