Schedule of Union Debates and Guests (Spring 2013):
YPU Debates are regularly scheduled at 7:30pm on Tuesdays, unless otherwise specified.
1/15: “Resolved: Embrace American exceptionalism” with Dr. Theodore Malloch, business leadership scholar.
|Ted Malloch is the CEO of Global Fiduciary Governance LLC, a consulting firm, and a Research Professor for the Spiritual Capital Initiative at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He has served on the Board of the World Economic Forum, in an ambassadorial-level position at the UN, and as a senior advisor to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the State Department. In 1992, he was President of the World Economic Development Congress focused on “Building the Integrated World Economy.” His interests include the globalization of business and the economy and the power of principles in business leadership.|
|1/22: No debate.|
|1/29: “Resolved: End affirmative action in college admissions” with Ron Unz, publisher of The American Conservative.|
|Ron Unz is the publisher of The American Conservative and author of a recent controversial series of articles on race, intelligence, and the college admissions process. In the 1994 California gubernatorial election, Mr. Unz launched a primary challenge to incumbent Republican Gov. Pete Wilson, ultimately garnering more than a third of votes in the primary election. In 1998 and 2000, he championed successful referenda in California and Arizona, respectively, to largely prohibit bilingual education in public schools as part of his “English for the Children” initiative. Mr. Unz continues to write on race & ethnicity, conservatism, and economics for his column at The American Conservative.|
|2/6 (Wednesday): “Resolved: Reject the Living Constitution” with Richard Epstein, libertarian professor of law at New York University.|
|Richard Epstein is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at N.Y.U. Law School and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He studies and writes on a broad variety of legal topics, including constitutional, property, and employment law. He advocates minimizing government influence in the economic sphere; his recent publications include Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration, and the Rule of Law, The Case Against the Employee Free Choice Act, Supreme Neglect, and How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution.|
|2/11 (Monday): Gardner White Prize Debate on “Resolved: That It Is Better to Reign in Hell Than to Serve in Heaven.”|
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.
|2/18 (Monday): “Resolved: Be Risk-Averse” with Nassim Taleb, probability theorist.|
|Nassim N. Taleb is a former derivatives trader who became a scholar and philosophical essayist in 2006. Although he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute, he self-funds his research and operates in the manner of independent scholars. Taleb is the author of The Black Swan (2007–2010) and Antifragile (2012). His works focuses on decision making under uncertainty, as well as technical and philosophical problems with probability and metaprobability, in other words “what to do in a world we don’t understand”. (official biography)|
|2/26: “Resolved: The U.S. Should Reduce Its Prison Population By 50%” with Dr. Todd Clear, criminal justice scholar.|
|Dr. Clear is the Dean of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice. Previously, he has served as the President of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His research interests focus on the intersection of the community and the criminal justice process; his publications include What Is Community Justice?, The Community Justice Ideal, and Imprisoning Communities. Currently, he is working on research involving the relationship between religion/spirituality and crime and the economic impacts of justice reinvestment (using savings from data-driven reductions in crime to invest in neighborhood crime-prevention measures), as well as further development of his work on community justice.|
|3/6 (Wednesday): “Resolved: Markets Govern More of Life Than They Should” with Michael Sandel, philosopher.|
|Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught over 15,000 students in his undergraduate course on “Justice,” the first Harvard course to be made freely available on the Internet. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics. Some of Prof. Sandel’s recent books are The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? and What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. In 2008, the American Political Science Association recognized him for excellence in teaching political philosophy.|
|3/26: ”Resolved: Healthcare Is a Right” with Dr. Avik Roy, healthcare scholar.|
|Dr. Roy is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a contributor to Forbes with his blog, The Apothecary. During the 2012 presidential campaign, he served as a healthcare advisor to GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Dr. Roy founded Roy Healthcare Research, an investment advice firm that provides analysis to institutional investors. Previously, he worked for J.P. Morgan and Bain Capital, among others. He has written extensively on Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) for Forbes, National Review Online, and Investor’s Business Daily.|
|4/1 (Monday): “Resolved: America Is Not at War with Terror” with Susan Herman, President of the ACLU.|
|Susan N. Herman has been the President of the American Civil Liberties Union since 2008. Previously, she has served on the ACLU Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and as General Counsel. Professor Herman also serves a Centennial Professor of Law at the Brooklyn Law School. She focuses her work on American civil liberties and civil rights, specifically issues in constitutional law relating to criminal procedure and terrorism. Her most recent publications include Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy (2011) and The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial (2006). Prof. Herman was the 2012 recipient of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for her book Taking Liberties.|
|4/9: Party Prize Debate on “Resolved: Burn the Machines.”|
|4/15 (Monday, 6:00pm): Bulldog Days Debate on “Resolved: Be a Loyal Partisan” with Barney Frank, longtime U.S. Representative for the Massachusetts 4th District.|
|Mr. Frank served U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district from January 1981 to January 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee between 2007 and 2011. In 2009 and 2010, he helped pass the eponymous Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a new law that the Washington Post has called “the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s financial regulatory system since the Great Depression.” He is also an outspoken advocate for civil rights and pro-choice issues, and is considered one of the most prominent gay politicians in the United States.|
|4/23: “Resolved: That Poets Are the Unacknowledged Legislators of the World” with Meena Alexander, writer and professor of English.|
|Professor Alexander is Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York. She has written award-winning poetry, essays, and novels, including The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience, Illiterate Heart, and her autobiography Fault Lines. Previously, she has been Visiting Fellow at the Sorbonne, Frances Wayland Collegium Lecturer at Brown University, Writer in Residence at the Center for American Culture Studies at Columbia University, and Writer in Residence at the National University of Singapore. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Literature from the South Asian Literary Association.|
Previous Semester Union Debates and Guests (Fall 2012):