Freshman Debates
2009 Freshman Debates

"The Christ College Debates enable freshman students to apply their emerging skills of academic research, critical analysis, and oral argument to significant, controversial public issues," says Christ College Dean Mel Piehl. "Participants and audiences alike enjoy the verbal sparring and contest of wit and logic that takes place between the two debate teams, while also learning a great deal in the process."

The Christ College Freshman Debates, held each spring as part of the CC Freshman Program, are the culmination of the honors college's first-year students' research, preparation, and practice of the arts of oral argumentation. At the conclusion of each debate, the moderator instructs audience members to "vote their minds" after hearing the arguments by leaving the assembly hall through a door marked "PRO" or through a door marked "CON."

2011 Debate Dates
6:30-7:45 pm
Mueller Hall Refectory

Debate One: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - Resolve: The U.S. should normalize diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba
Debate Two: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - Resolve: The United States government should triple the annual number of employment-based permanent residetn immigrant visas (green cards).
Debate Three: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - Resolve: Indiana should repeal the death penalty.
Debate Four: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - Resolve: Young adults should be guaranteed coverage under their parents' health insurance plan through age 26.