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

Previous Semester of Union Debates and Guests (Fall 2013):

Organizational Debate:
9/3 (7:00pm)Resolved: Redistribution is Theft with Herman Cain, business executive and radio show host.
Herman Cain is an American author, business executive, radio host, syndicated columnist, and Tea Party activist. After graduating from Morehouse College and later receiving a Master of Science in computer science from Purdue University, Mr. Cain went on to serve as chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. Mr. Cain served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 1995 to 1996. After serving on the Kemp Commission and as a senior economic advisor to the Bob Dole presidential campaign, Mr. Cain became the CEO of the National Restaurant Association, a position he held from 1996 to 1999. In 2012, Mr. Cain was a candidate for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Herman Cain
9/10: Resolved: Liberalism is Imperialism with Gayatri Spivak, postcolonial theorist and University Professor at Columbia University.
Gayatri Spivak is a literary theorist, philosopher, and professor at Columbia University. Professor Spivak is perhaps best known for her essay “Can The Subaltern Speak?,” which is considered to be one of the founding texts of postcolonialism. In the essay, she examines the race and power dynamics that contributed to the banning of sati; the inevitable lack of information on the practice from sati-performing women led Spivak to ask the essay’s central question: can the subaltern speak? In 2007, she became the University Professor at Columbia University, making her the first woman of color in Columbia’s history to be awarded the honor. In 2012, Prof. Spivak was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy. Gayatri Spivak
9/17: Resolved: Democratic Freedoms Do Not Imply Relativism with Robert Kane, University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Robert Kane is a philosopher and the University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is one of the leading contemporary philosophers on free will, advocating a two-stage model of free will, and has published articles on the philosophy of mind and action, ethics, the theory of values and philosophy of religion. In addition to these articles, Prof. Kane has written several books on the subjects of free will and pluralism, including Free Will and Values, Through the Moral Maze, and The Significance of Free Will. Robert Kane
9/24: Freshman Prize Debate on Resolved: Responsibility Ends At Our Borders
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.
10/1: Resolved: Repeal the Contraception Mandate with R. R. Reno, Catholic theologian and editor, First Things.
R. R. Reno is the editor of First Things, an ecumenical magazine that aims to “advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.” Dr. Reno received his doctorate from Yale University in the area of religious ethics in 1990, and went on to accept a faculty appointment at Creighton University, where he served as a professor of theology and ethics until 2010. Dr. Reno has published several books on subjects of a theological nature, including “Fighting the Noonday Devil,” “In the Ruins of the Church,” and “Redemptive Change: Atonement and the Cure of the Soul.” R. R. Reno
10/8: Student Debate on Resolved: Yale Should Implement a Core Curriculum.
10/15: Resolved: The American Political Process Is Corrupt with Lawrence Lessig, professor of law and ethics at Harvard University, internet copyright activist, and founder, Creative Commons.
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. In addition to his work at Harvard, Prof. Lessig is a political activist and proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright and trademark, particularly those pertaining to technological applications. His work in this area led him to found Creative Commons, an organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. Prof. Lessig has supported the call for a Second Constitutional Convention to implement sweeping changes to the US Constitution. Lawrence Lessig
10/30: (Wednesday): Resolved: Open The Borders with Pramila Jayapal, social justice advocate and founder of OneAmerica.
Pramila Jayapal is a leading national advocate for immigrant, civil, and human rights. She founded OneAmerica (formerly the Hate Free Zone Campaign) in 2001 in order to combat backlash against immigrant communities in the United States during the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and served as the organization’s Executive Director for over a decade. In May 2013, she was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for her work on social justice and her contributions to both her community and her country. Ms. Jayapal is currently a Distinguished Taconic Fellow at the Center for Community Change and a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Washington Law School. Pramila Jayapal
11/4 (Monday): Resolved: Loose Lips Sink Ships with Kenneth Wainstein, former Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush.
Kenneth Wainstein served from 2008 to 2009 as Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, a post he held until the end of President Bush’s second term in office. Prior to his appointment to the position, Mr. Wainstein served as the Department of Justice’s first Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division, which was created under the 2005 PATRIOT Act. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wainstein worked as General Counsel to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and as Chief of Staff to the FBI Director. Kenneth Wainstein
11/11 (Monday)Resolved: The Era of Big Government Is Over with Danilo Petranovich, political science professor at Yale University.
Professor Danilo Petranovich has been teaching in the Yale Political Science Department and the Yale Directed Studies Program since 2010. He is also the Faculty Adviser to the Federalist Party of the Yale Political Union and the William F. Buckley Program at Yale. His scholarship is in the field of American political thought. He is currently writing a book on the ethno-religious roots of American national identity. This coming semester, Prof. Petranovich will be teaching a course entitled “The Intellectual in Politics: Nock, Burhnam, and Kristol.” The course is about three public intellectuals who most shaped the development of William F. Buckley Jr. Danilo Petranovich
11/19: Resolved: Restore the Voting Rights Act with Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter.
Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Senior Fellow at Yale Law School. Before coming to the law school, Ms. Greenhouse spent almost thirty years as a reporter covering the Supreme Court of the United States for The New York Times. During this time, Ms. Greenhouse covered twenty-nine sessions of the Supreme Court. In 1998, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism (Beat Reporting) for her “consistently illuminating coverage of the United States Supreme Court.” Along with Yale Law School Professor Reva Siegel, Ms. Greenhouse published Before Roe v. Wade, a book on the development of the abortion debate prior to the landmark court case. Linda Greenhouse
12/2 (Monday)Student Debate on Resolved: Close Toad’s Now


 

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