September  2014

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YPU Debates are regularly scheduled at 7:30pm on Tuesdays, unless otherwise specified.

Schedule of Union Guests and Debates

Organizational Debate:

9/2 Resolved: Put Down the Death Penalty with Reverend Al Sharpton, minister, civil rights activist, and talk show host

Reverend Al Sharpton has helped lead the fight for civil rights since 1969. One of the country’s leading voices on racial relations, Sharpton has worked closely with other political leaders to fight perceived injustice. Currently, Sharpton acts as a trusted White House advisor. In addition, he hosts the radio talk show Keepin’ It Real and has hosted MSNBC’s PoliticsNation since 2011. Sharpton
9/9 Resolved: Repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act with Brian Leiter
A widely cited legal philosopher, Professor Leiter is the Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and Director, Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at UChicago. His scholarly writings have focused on both legal philosophy and continental philosophy. Leiter also writes the philosophy blog, Leiter Reports.  
9/16 Resolved: An Unfettered Free Market Better Protects Consumers with John Stossel
John Stossel joined Fox Business Network in 2009. He is currently the host of “Stossel”, a weekly program highlighting consumer issues from a libertarian point of view. Stossel also appears regularly on Fox News Channel providing similar analysis. Prior to joining FBN, Stossel co-anchored ABC’s primetime newsmagazine show, “20/20.” There, he contributed in-depth special reports and recurring segments on a variety of consumer topics, from pop culture to government and business. Earlier in his career, Stossel served as consumer editor for “Good Morning America” and as a reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City.  
9/26 lunch with Don Liebich
Don Liebich is a spent his career with the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine service and Sysco Corp. After retiring from Sysco Corp, he engaged in numerous consulting projects in various countries including Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Indonesia and Venezuela. He has traveled to the Middle East numerous times in the past ten years. Liebich has been involved with economic development, citizen diplomacy and human rights projects in Jordan, Israel/Palestine including the West Bank, UAE and Iran.
9/30: Freshman Prize Debate
First Place will win $100 and a lifetime membership to the YPU.
Second Place will win $50 and a four-year membership.
Third Place will win $25 and a one-year membership.
10/7 with Alberto Gonzales
Alberto Gonzales is the dean of Belmont University College of Law. Previously, Hon. Gonzales served as the 80th Attorney General of the United States (2005-2007), Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court (1999-2000), and Secretary of State of Texas (1997-1999).
10/14 with John Edwards
John Edwards is a former U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 2004 Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee and candidate for President of the United States who fought for progressive social policies. Prior to his political service, he was widely recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in the U.S. and recently established a law firm, Edwards Kirby, with the goal to pursue social, civil and economic justice in America.
10/20 (Monday) with Sean Fieler
Sean Fieler is the co-founder and managing partner of the hedge fund Equinox Partners. Fieler serves as chairman and primary donor of the socially conservative American Principles Project, an organization that opposes the Common Core educational standards and same-sex marriage, and favors school choice and the pro-life movement. Fieler has served as president of the Chiaroscuro Foundation and on the boards of the Witherspoon Institute, the Institute for American Values, the Susan B. Anthony List, and the Dominican Foundation.
10/28 TBA
11/4 with Helen Slottje
Helen Slottje is a grassroots environmental activist known for advocating for fracking bans all across New York State. Slottje was recently awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts. Slottje’s work has helped inspire similar movements across the country in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado, California and Texas.
11/11 TBA
11/18 with Stanley Fish
Stanley Fish is the Floerscheimer Distinguished Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School in New York City. Since beginning his career as a medievalist, Fish has become a prominent legal theorist and Milton scholar. More recently, Fish has focused on definitions of academic freedom in regards to academic boycotts.
12/2 with Robert Moffit
Robert Moffit is the Director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank based in Washington D.C. Previously, Moffit has served as a senior official at the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Office of Personnel Management. Moffit specializes in health care and entitlement programs, especially Medicare.

Previous Semester of Union Debates and Guests (Spring 2014):

Organizational Debate:

1/15: Resolved: Put a Price on Carbon with Richard Revesz, former Dean of NYU School of Law.

Richard Revesz has served as the Dean of NYU School of Law from 2002 to 2013 and is the Director of the Institute for Policy Integrity. Mr. Revesz is one of the nation’s leading voices in the fields of environmental and regulatory law and policy. His work focuses on the use of cost-benefit analysis, the allocation of regulatory responsibility in a federal system, and the design of liability regimes. Revesz
1/21: Resolved: The Government must provide Universal Housing with Darrin Sharif, Newark City Counselor and Mayoral Candidate
Darrin Sharif is a Democratic politician who represents Newark’s Central Ward. In August 2013, he announced his candidacy for the 2014 mayoral election. Sharif has campaigned for many issues including crime, property rights, gun control, civil rights, and the role of local governments.
1/28: Resolved: Cities should refuse to enforce Federal Drug Laws with Pete Holmes, city attorney of Seattle.
Pete Holmes is the current Seattle City Attorney. Previous to his election, Holmes served as the head of the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability Review Board, a citizen review board that reviews police policy and procedures and maintains civilian oversight of the police department.
2/4 Resolved: Welfare Corrodes Culture with Charles Murray, political scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
Charles Murray is a political scientist in residence at the American Enterprise Institute, author of Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, and co-author with Richard Herrnstein of The Bell Curve.
2/11: Gardner White Prize Debate on Resolved: Eat the Forbidden Fruit
First Place will win $100 and a lifetime membership to the YPU.
Second Place will win $50 and a four-year membership.
Third Place will win $25 and a one-year membership.
Contact the Floor Leaders if you are interested in competing.
2/18 Resolved: Fight Global Poverty with Substantial Foreign Aid with Jeffrey Sachs, economist.
Jeffrey Sachs is a renowned economist with specialties in sustainable development and poverty relief. Mr. Sachs is also the director of the Earth Initiative at Columbia University. Sachs became well known for his role as an adviser to Eastern European and developing country governments during the transition from communism to a market system or during periods of economic crisis. He has also been named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” twice.
2/25: Resolved: Hold popular art responsible for its politics with Brittney Cooper, professor of women’s studies and Africana studies.
Brittney Cooper is a professor of women’s studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective. Dr. Cooper is also a contributing writer for Salon magazine on the intersecting subjects of race, gender, and popular culture.
3/4 : Resolved: Scientists should be Political with Brenda Ekwurzel, climate scientist.
Brenda Ekwurzel is a senior climate scientist with the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She has published on topics that include climate variability, groundwater, oceanography, hydrology, and coastal sediment erosion. Dr. Ekwurzel has appeared on ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, the Fox News Channel, and The Colbert Report, and has been cited by the Washington Post, USA Today, the Associated Press, and Reuters.
3/25: Party Prize Debate on Resolved: This House prefers Odysseus to Aeneas
4/1: Resolved: Yale should give up the Liberal Arts with Mary Miller, Dean of Yale College.
Mary Miller, Sterling Professor of History of Art, became dean of Yale College on December 1, 2008. Prior to assuming the deanship, Miller served as master of Saybrook College for nearly a decade.A specialist of the art of the ancient New World, Miller curated The Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2004. Among her other books are The Murals of Bonampak, The Blood of Kings(with Linda Schele), The Art of Mesoamerica, Maya Art and Architecture, The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya (with Karl Taube), and A Pre-Columbian World (co-edited with Jeffrey Quilter).For her work on ancient Mexico and the Maya, Miller has won national recognition including a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. In April and May of 2010 she delivered the Fifty-ninth A W Mellon lectures at the National Gallery of Art. She is scheduled to deliver the Slade Lectures at Cambridge University during the academic year 2014-2015.
4/8: Resolved: The World Needs a Strong America with William Kristol, founder of The Weekly Standard.
William Kristol is a neoconservative political analyst and commentator. He founded The Weekly Standard and is a commentator on Fox News. He was chairman of the New Citizenship Project, and he co-founded the Project for the New American Century. Currently, he is on the board of trustees for the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a member of the Policy Advisory Board for the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and a director of the Foreign Policy Initiative.
4/16: Resolved: Eat with Relish the Inner Organs of Beasts and Fowls
Student debate.
4/22: Resolved: The Media should ignore politicians’ private lives with Bob Woodward, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist.
Bob Woodward is a Pulitzer-winning journalist and assistant Washington Post editor. Mr. Woodward collaborated on the investigative reports that uncovered the Watergate scandal during the presidency of Richard Nixon, and has continued to be a leading voice on political and journalistic matters since. Recently Woodward has continued to be a leader in the field of Journalism with the Washington Post and has authored 12 bestselling books on American politics.


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