YPU Debates are regularly scheduled at 7:30pm on Tuesdays, unless otherwise specified.
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Fall Semester 2015 Schedule of Debates
Past Debates and Guests: Spring Semester 2015
|Organizational Debate: 1/13 Resolved: Stop Enhanced Interrogation with Michael Posner|
|Michael Posner is the former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He is a prominent human rights lawyer and the founding executive director of the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Human Rights First. At present, Mr. Posner is the co-director of the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU’s Stern School of Business, and serves on the board of the International Service for Human Rights.|
|1/20 Resolved: Nationalize Banks with Richard Wolff|
Richard Wolff is a professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The New York Times Magazine has called him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist,” and he is the author of several books, including Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What To Do About It. Dr. Wolff is the host of the weekly radio program Economic Update.
|1/27 Resolved: The Freer the Trade, the Freer the People with Stephen Roach|
|Stephen Roach is the former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the former chief economist at Morgan Stanley. He is an expert in global affairs, in particular with regard to US-China relations, and has penned two books including his recent work Unbalanced: the Codependency of America and China. Currently, he is a senior lecturer at the Yale School of Management and a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.|
|2/2 Resolved: Repeal the Second Amendment with Nelson Lund|
|Nelson Lund is a professor at George Mason University’s School of Law, where he has taught classes in a variety of fields, including but not limited to Constitutional Law, Federal Election Law, and Employment Discrimination. Dr. Lund has written and published many articles on federalism, separation of powers, and the Second Amendment. He has held multiple positions in the US Department of Justice, in the Office of the Solicitor General, and the Office of Legal Counsel.|
|2/10 Gardner White Prize Debate on Resolved: Hell is Other People|
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.
|2/12 Panel on “Charlie Hebdo: Religion, Security, and Toleration”|
|Join professors David Cameron, Hannan Hever, Charles Hill, Andrew March, Frank Griffel, and Nadia Urbinati to discuss the Charlie Hebdo massacre.|
|2/17 Resolved: Police Broken Windows with John DeStefano|
|John DeStefano was the 49th mayor of New Haven, serving 10 consecutive terms from 1994 until 2014. He was the Democratic candidate in the 2006 Connecticut gubernatorial election. During his time as mayor, he has focused on education and public safety with programs such as the Livable City Initiative and the Citywide Youth Initiative and launched a program to renovate New Haven’s public schools.|
|2/24 Resolved: Embrace Online Education with David Bromwich|
|David Bromwich is a Sterling Professor of English at Yale and a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Bromwich is the author of several books and articles, including the recent op-ed “The Hi-Tech Mess of Higher Education,” published in the New York Review of Books.|
|2/27 Resolved: Prohibit US Combat Troops in the Fight against ISIS with Sen. Murphy (D-CT)
|Senator Murphy is the junior United States Senator from Connecticut and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Connecticut’s 5th congressional district from 2007 to 2013.|
|3/3 Resolved: Oppose Right to Work Laws with Neera Tanden|
|Neera Tanden is the current president of the Center for American Progress, a public policy research and advocacy organization. She has done work in domestic policy in think tanks and on Capitol Hill and was the domestic policy director for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.|
|3/23 Resolved: Zone for Mixed-Income Housing with Sheryll Cashin|
|Sheryll Cashin is a professor of law at Georgetown University. She comes from a family of civil rights activists and has served as an advisor on urban and economic policy during the Clinton administration. Dr. Cashin also worked as a law clerk under Justice Thurgood Marshall. She is the author of three books, including Place not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America.
|3/31 Resolved: Revive the Fairness Doctrine with Mark Hemingway|
|Mark Hemingway is a Senior Writer for The Weekly Standard. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, MTV.com, Reason and numerous other publications. Prior to joining The Weekly Standard, he worked at The Washington Examiner, National Review, Market News International, and USA Today. He was the recipient of a Gold Award journalism fellowship from the Phillips Foundation in 2003 and was a Global Prosperity Initiative fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in 2003 and 2004.|
|4/7 Party Prize Debate on Resolved: Death Gives Life Meaning|
|4/14 Resolved: Leave Rape Cases to the Criminal Justice System with Carol Tracy
|Carol Tracy is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who has been working to further women’s rights for the past three decades. She is also the Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project, and is heavily involved in initiatives to reform police handling of sex crimes and reduce violence against women. In her role with the WLP, she has been involved in several major legal victories involving gender inequality, including discrimination in employment and education.|
|4/20 Talk with Wael Ghonim|
|Wael Ghonim is an Egytian internet activist. Mr. Ghonim came to prominence during the 2011 pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt when he was instrumental in energizing the protests through interviews and social media. In 2011, Mr. Ghonim was ranked as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. He is the author of “Revolution 2.0: The power of people is stronger than the people in power” and in 2012, he founded Tahrir Academy, a technology focused NGO that aims at fostering education in Egypt.|
|4/20 Bulldog Days Debate with Howard Dean on Resolved: Don’t Leave Local Politics to the Locals|
|Howard Dean served as the 79th Governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003 and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. Dean was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election.|
|4/23 Dinner with Representative Bob Inglis|
|Bob Inglis was the US Representative for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district from 1993-1999 and 2005-2011. Inglis is a member of the Republican Party. In 2012, Inglis launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative to promote conservative, free-enterprise solutions to energy and climate challenges.|