Events Calendar

2020-2021 Events:

Information Session – Debate at Bard
13 August 2020, 4:30pm
Zoom 
Interested in learning more about the Bard Debate Union? Join our L&T Info Session to meet coaches and current members of the team and learn about everything we do – tournaments, public debates, outreach, and more!

Scrimmage – Fall Semester Warm-up
26-27 September 2020, 10am-4pm
Zoom
Join members of the Bard Debate Union as well as debaters from regional debate programs for a day of debates as we prepare for the Fall 2020 tournament season.

Public Debate – Should federal officeholders in the United States should be determined through sortition instead of election?
15 October 2020, 7:00pm
Zoom
Join us for an exciting public debate as part of the Hannah Arendt Center Special Webinar – “Revitalizing Democracy: Sortition, Citizen Power, and Spaces of Freedom.” Co-sponsored by the Bard Debate Union, the Hannah Arendt Center, and the Center for Civic Engagement. For more information about the Hannah Arendt Center Special Webinar, visit: https://hac.bard.edu/conferences/?eid=138020 

Roundtable – The Presidential Election and America in the World
24 October 2020, 2:00pm
Zoom
Join us for our annual Family/Alumni Weekend Politics Roundtable. This year’s roundtable will feature three Bard Debate Union alumni – Zach Israel ’12 (Principle and Manager of Legislative Affairs, The Ferguson Group; DC Young Democrats’ National Committeeman), Stephanie Presch ’15 (Content Specialist on the Editorial Content team, UnidosUS), and Eva-Marie Quinones ’17 (PhD Candidate in Political Science, Yale University). For more information about Family/Alumni Weekend at Bard, visit: https://www.bard.edu/familyweekend/ 

Information Session – Debate at Bard
2 February 2021, 7:00pm
Zoom 
Interested in learning more about the Bard Debate Union? Join our Info Session to meet coaches and current members of the team and learn about everything we do – tournaments, public debates, outreach, and more!

Outreach – Community Debate Practice
9 February – 11 May 2021, Tuesdays weekly at 7:00pm
Zoom
The Bard Debate Union welcomes high school students from the local community (schools participating in Bard’s annual High School tournament) to join Bard students for a weekly debate practice! All are welcome. Email Ruth Zisman for details.

Tournament – 10th Annual High School Debate Tournament at Bard (virtual edition)
6 March 2021, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Zoom
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 2021 tournament are:
1. In times of economic crisis, this house would abolish the minimum wage.
2. This house believes that environmentalists should campaign for environmental justice as opposed to overall protection of the environment. (Info Slide: Environmental justice is a concept which aims to achieve a fair distribution of environmental benefits and burdens.)
3. This house, as a museum curator, would promote exhibitions based on memes and other social media content.

International Network Debate – Is authoritarianism the most pressing problem facing the world today?
10 March 2021, 1:00pm
Zoom
Students from Al Quds Bard (Abu Dis, Palestine), European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania), and Smolny College (St. Petersburg, Russia) join members of the Bard Debate Union for a debate on this exciting and timely topic!

Tournament – Bard High School Early College Tournament (virtual edition)
1 May 2021, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Zoom
Students, teachers, and staff members from the Bard High School Early Colleges at Manhattan, Queens, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Hudson will join us for a day of debates, discussion, and collaboration. Motions for the 2021 tournament TBA!

More events coming soon!