YPU Debates are regularly scheduled at 7:30pm on Tuesdays, unless otherwise specified.
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Fall Semester 2016 Debates and Guests
Past Debates: Spring Semester 2016 Schedule of Debates
|1/19: Spring Organizational Debate with Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo on Resolved: Embrace the Responsibility to Protect.|
Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo is a U.S. diplomat with an impressive and highly detailed career in U.S. foreign service. She was appointed the President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in August 2015, and has also been appointed a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Ambassador DiCarlo’s expertise focuses on Russia and the former Soviet space, Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and the management of broad multilateral initiatives.
|1/25 (Monday) Guest: Avi Chomsky on Resolved: End Immigration and Customs Enforcement Raids.|
|Professor Avi Chomsky is a labor historian with a specialty in globalization and migration, drawing on her past experiences working for the United Farm Workers union. She is the Coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University. Professor Chomsky has written extensively on undocumented immigration to the United States, the Cuban revolution, and industry in Colombia, including in Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class and Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal.|
|2/02 Guest: Serrin Foster|
|Serrin Foster is the President of Feminists for Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to “systematically eliminating the root causes that drive women to abortion—primarily lack of practical resources and support—through holistic, women-centered solutions.” She previously served on the National Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, working to pass the Violence Against Women Act. Ms. Foster advocates for on-campus resources and support for pregnant and parenting students, and works to oppose pregnancy discrimination.|
|2/03 Panel: Cornel West, Adolph Reed, and Elizabeth Carroll|
|On February 3 at 6:00 p.m., the Yale Political Union will host a discussion on the present and future of the politics of higher education. Celebrated writer, philosopher, and political activist, Dr. Cornel West, will headline the event. Joining him will be Adolph Reed, Jr., a prominent intellectual and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Elizabeth Carroll, the director of Yale University’s Education Studies program. The speakers will discuss public higher education, college affordability, academic labor, and other issues related to education policy in 2016. The event is co-organized by Yale Students for Bernie Sanders and Higher Education for Bernie. Feel free to submit questions for our panelists here: http://goo.gl/forms/
|2/08 Guest: Bruce Schneier|
|Bruce Schneier is a cryptographer and cybersecurity specialist with diverse research and experience in digital privacy, homeland security, and intelligence policy. He is the current Chief Technology Officer of Resilient Systems, a company providing cyberattack incident response, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In addition to his latest book, Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Capture Your Data and Control Your World, Mr. Schneier has written on the Snowden NSA disclosures, cyberterrorism, and digital rights management.|
|2/16 Gardner White Prize Debate|
First Place will win $100 and a lifetime membership to the YPU.
Contact the Floor Leaders if you are interested in competing.
|2/23 Gideon Rose|
|Gideon Rose is the editor of Foreign Affairs with wide-ranging expertise on the Middle East and South Asia, American foreign policy, terrorism, and international conflict. He served during the Clinton administration as the Associate Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the National Security Council. Dr. Rose has written on American democracy promotion and the War on Terror, including in his book How Wars Ends: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle.|
|3/o1 Guest: Leo Gerard|
|Leo Gerard is the International President of the United Steelworkers, the largest industrial union in North America. Under his leadership, the USW has secured government action and filed numerous trade law complaints against imports of government-subsidized steel, particularly from China. Mr. Gerard has worked to increase strategic transnational cooperation and alliances between unions, and co-founded the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations. He also serves on the U.S. National Commission on Energy Policy and chairs the AFL-CIO Public Policy Committee.|
|3/08 Guest: Kathleen Cleaver|
|Kathleen Cleaver is a Senior Lecturer at Emory Law focusing in both her scholarship and her activism on racial injustice in the United States legal system. The first Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party, she has since served on the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts. At Emory, Professor Cleaver specializes in civil rights history and U.S. law on citizenship and race, and has contributed essays to Critical Race Feminism, The Promise of Multiculturalism, and The Black Panther Party Reconsidered. The debate is cosponsored with the Black Student Alliance at Yale (BSAY).|
|3/28: Party Prize Debate|
|4/05 Guest: Sean Reyes|
|Sean Reyes is the current Attorney General of Utah and a member of the State Central Committee, the governing body of the Utah Republican Party. Attorney General Reyes has overseen cases on polygamy and immigration, and appealed a 2014 Tenth Circuit decision striking down Utah’s ban on gay marriage. As partner at Parsons Behle & Latimer, the largest Utah law firm, he argued and briefed cases before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and he has also served on the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a Congressional Commission on Latino issues.|
|4/12 Guest: Thomas Donnelly|
|Thomas Donnelly is the co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a pro-business think tank. A former editor of Armed Forces Journal, Army Times, and Defense News, his research focuses on American military strategy and resources, the Iraq War, and the relationship between the military and domestic political structures. Mr. Donnelly is also the Director of Strategic Communications and Initiatives at Lockheed Martin, a former staff member for the House Committee on Armed Services, and a former member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.|
|4/19 Guest: Keith Styles|
|Keith Styles is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Catholic Charities USA, a network of 164 local Catholic Charities agencies in the United States. Catholic Charities USA advocates for government policy on poverty eradication and works directly through its local agencies on disaster response, housing, financial assistance, food and meal distribution, medical and dental care, and education to poor and vulnerable populations, under the principle that “ending poverty isn’t just a question of money—a family’s well-being should be evaluated by factors more holistic than merely its gross monthly income.”|
|4/25 Bulldog Days Debate: Akhil Reed Amar|
|Akhil Reed Amar is the Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University and the author of The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction, America’s Unwritten Constitution, and America’s Constitution: A Biography. Professor Amar’s scholarship on constitutional law, described by the New York Times as “commendably unorthodox, and, in some ways, iconoclastic,” has been cited by the Supreme Court in over 30 cases, and has won awards from the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society.|
Past Debates: Fall Semester 2015
|9/8: Fall Organizational Debate with Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft on Resolved: Liberty is the Purpose of Government|