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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 on Resolved: Be Good, Not Great
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: Resolved: Do Not Grant Citizenship to Undocumented Immigrants 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: Student Debate on Resolved: Embrace the Right to be Forgotten
(Senator John Edwards’ scheduled visit was postponed to a later date)
10/20 (Monday): Resolved: Liberalism is Destroying the Family with Sean Fieler
Sean Fieler is President of Equinox Partners, L.P. and the Kuroto Fund, L.P.   Over the past sixteen years, Sean Fieler and his partner, William Strong, have assembled a research team capable of analyzing businesses around the world, a capability that has enabled Equinox Partners and the Kuroto Fund to consistently purchase superior businesses at substantial discounts to their intrinsic value. Mr. Fieler serves as Chairman of the American Principles Project.  He is chairman of the Chiaroscuro Foundation and serves as a board member of the Witherspoon Institute, the Manhattan Institute, the Dominican Foundation, the Committee for Monetary and Research & Education, the Acton Institute and the Susan B. Anthony List.  He is also an executive member of the Republican Governors Association and the Republican State Leadership Committee. A graduate of Williams College with a degree in political economy, Mr. Fieler speaks and publishes on the topic of monetary reform. He has given talks on monetary policy at the annual Grant’s Conference, the Atlas Liberty Forum and has written for The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard. Mr. Fieler lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife, son and three daughters.
10/28: with Jason Stanley
Jason Stanley is Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Before coming to Yale in 2013, he was Professor II (Distinguished Professor) in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He works in Epistemology, Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Language, Social and Political Philosophy, and History of 20th Century Philosophy. He has published three books with Oxford University Press. His latest book, How Propaganda Works, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press in 2015.
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 with Amie Stepanovich
Amie Stepanovich is Senior Policy Counsel at Access. Stepanovich is an expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. At Access, Stepanovich leads projects on digital due process and responds to threats at the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance. Previously, she was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she testified in hearings in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as in State legislatures. She was co-chair for the 2014 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference and is the Committee on Individual Rights and Responsibilities’ Liason to the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Working Group. Stepanovich was named as a Privacy Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada and was recognized in 2014 as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 leaders in Law and Policy. Stepanovich has a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.S. from the Florida State University.
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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