Upcoming Debates
Clea Chang

Clea Chang

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    For

    John Eastman

    Chairman, National Organization for Marriage & Professor, Chapman Law

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    Evan Wolfson

    Founder & President, Freedom to Marry & Author, Why Marriage Matters

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    Kenji Yoshino

    Professor, NYU Law & Author, Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial

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    Sherif Girgis

    Co-Author, What Is Marriage?

  • Reception: 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Debate: 6:30-8:00 PM
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  • National Constitution Center
    525 Arch Street, Independence Mall
    F.M. Kirby Auditorium
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Thursday, 28 May 2015 09:54

Obama's Iran Deal Is Good For America

In April 2015, the P5+1, the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, negotiated an interim nuclear accord with Iran. Among the key parameters: Iran’s enrichment capacity, enrichment levels, and stockpile would be limited; its Fordow site converted into a research center; and the Arak heavy water reactor redesigned. In return, the IAEA would gain greater access for inspections, and U.S. and EU sanctions would be lifted. Many in the U.S. fear that a deal as outlined would not go far enough and, instead of being a benefit, would strengthen Iran’s hand in the Middle East. Not to mention the important question of trust. Is this agreement a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to halt nuclear proliferation, or does President Obama have this wrong?

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 00:00

Obama's Iran Deal Is Good For America

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    Philip Gordon

    Sr. Fellow, CFR & Fmr. White House Coordinator, Middle East, N. Africa, Gulf Region

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    Michael Doran

    Sr. Fellow, Hudson Institute & Fmr. Sr. Director, National Security Council

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    Mark Dubowitz

    Exec. Dir., FDD & Dir., Center on Sanctions & Illicit Finance

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    Thomas Pickering

    Vice Chairman, Hills & Company & Fmr. Under Secretary of State

  • Reception: 5:45-6:30 PM
  • Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM
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  • Kaufman Center 
    129 West 67th Street
    (b/w Broadway and Amsterdam)
    New York, NY 10023 

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Thursday, 14 May 2015 15:11

Smart Technology Is Making Us Dumb

Smart technology grants us unprecedented, immediate access to knowledge and to each other-a ubiquitous and seamless presence in everyday life. But is there a downside to all of this connectivity? It's been said that smart technology creates dependency on devices, narrows our world to echo chambers, and impairs cognitive skills through shortcuts and distraction. Are smart tech devices guiding so much of our decision making that we are losing autonomy without even realizing it? Or are these concerns an overstatement of the negative effects of high-tech consumption?

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Smart Technology Is Making Us Dumb

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    Nicholas Carr

    Author, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us & The Shallows

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    Genevieve Bell

    Anthropologist & VP, Intel Corporation

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    David Weinberger

    Senior Researcher, Berkman Center & Author, Too Big to Know

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    Andrew Keen

    Internet Entrepreneur & Author, The Internet Is Not the Answer

  • Reception: 5:45-6:30 PM
  • Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM
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    129 West 67th Street
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    New York, NY 10023 

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Thursday, 16 April 2015 13:42

Abolish the Death Penalty

A recent Gallup poll found that Americans are still largely supportive of the death penalty, with 6 in 10 in favor as punishment for murder. Legal in 32 states, it has come under renewed scrutiny in light of several botched executions in 2014. At the heart of the debate are many complicated questions. Within a flawed criminal justice system, is it possible to know every person’s guilt with a sufficient degree of certainty? Does the fear of death reduce crime? Are there race and class biases in sentencing? Are some crimes so heinous in nature that punishment by death is the only appropriate measure, or is capital punishment always immoral? Should we abolish the death penalty?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Abolish the Death Penalty

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    Diann Rust-Tierney

    Executive Director, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

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    Robert Blecker

    Professor, New York Law School

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    Kent Scheidegger

    Legal Director, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation

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    Barry Scheck

    Co-Director, Innocence Project & Prof., Cardozo Law

  • Reception: 5:45-6:30 PM
  • Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM
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    129 West 67th Street
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    New York, NY 10023 

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The President has launched a sustained, long-term military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But did he have constitutional power to do so? The Constitution carefully divides the war powers of the United States between Congress and the President. Article II provides that “The President shall be Commander in Chief.” But Article I provides that “The Congress shall have Power … To Declare War.” In this case, Congress has not declared war; the President ordered the attacks unilaterally. Did he exceed his authority and violate the Constitution?

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    Gene Healy

    VP, Cato Institute & Author, The Cult of the Presidency

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    Akhil Reed Amar

    Professor of Law, Yale University


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    Philip Bobbitt

    Professor, Columbia Law School & Lecturer, Univ. of Texas at Austin

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    Deborah Pearlstein

    Asst. Prof., Cardozo Law & Fmr. Dir., Law & Security Program, Human Rights First

  • Debate: 6:45-8:15 PM
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  • Miller Theatre
    Columbia University
    Broadway at 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027 

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In 2014, the European Union’s Court of Justice determined that individuals have a right to be forgotten, “the right—under certain conditions—to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them.” It is not absolute, but meant to be balanced against other fundamental rights, like freedom of expression. In a half year following the Court’s decision, Google received over 180,000 removal requests. Of those reviewed and processed, 40.5% were granted. Largely seen as a victory in Europe, in the U.S., the reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. Was this ruling a blow to free speech and public information, or a win for privacy and human dignity?