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


2015 Oxford Debate Dates
6:30-7:45 pm 
Mueller Hall Refectory

Debate One: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - Corporations and firms operating in the U.S. should be legally obligated to pay a minimum stipend to full time college students for internships.

Debate Two: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - Statewide mandatory testing under the "No Child Left Behind" and "Race to the Top" laws should not be used to measure school and teacher success or to financially reward or sanction individual schools and teachers.

Debate Three: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Resolved: College athletes should be guaranteed the right to unionize and collectively bargain for wages at NCAA member schools.

Debate Four: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Resolved: Valparaiso University should construct a wind turbine to provide electrical power to the campus community.