Oxford Debates

"The Christ College Oxford 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 Peter Kanelos. "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 Oxford 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."

Oxford Debate


2014 Oxford Debate Dates
6:30-7:45 pm 
Mueller Hall Refectory

Debate One: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - Resolved:The United States Congress should pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.

Debate Two: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - Resolved: The National Security Agency should not be allowed to search the phone records of Americans without a warrant based on probable cause.

Debate Three: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Resolved: The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) recommends that tackle football should be eliminated from high school athletics programs.

Debate Four: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Resolved: The United Nations Security Council should authorize the use of military force against the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.