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Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates Announce Politically Minded Fall Season and Six Years of Milestone Growth

July 27, 2012

Influential public policy debate series Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) announces it's thirteenth season of six provocative new debates this fall. Beginning September 12th at new venue Kaufman Center, this season will cover some of the most pressing issues of this year's Presidential election while providing a new forum for intelligent, informed discussion.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: 2012 Election Debate Image Contest

July 12, 2012


You are invited to participate in the First Annual Intelligence Squared U.S. Visual Debate Contest.

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates is a nonprofit, nonpartisan debate series broadcast nationwide on NPR and PBS.  We are currently planning our next debate series focused on 2012 election issues which will premiere live in New York City September 2012.

This opportunity will award national exposure through, NPR, PBS and other national media partners; exhibition of your original work for sale at private debate events; recognition in social media, digital and print promotions; dedicated press releases and more. Your work will be selected by a panel of high-profile members of the NYC fine arts and media industries.

Digital graphic design, photography, fine art, composite images, pop culture references and mixed media will all be considered.  Images must be able to be digitized and duplicated in print as high-resolution images.

We will select one work to visually represent each debate topic in our Fall 2012 series, focused on election issues.

Topics available currently include the following and are subject to change:

Do Super PACs enhance democracy by increasing political speech, or are elections being bought by the wealthy few?

As the U.S. struggles through recession, will defense cuts compromise national security, or can we maintain pre-eminence on less?

Should we ration costly end-of-life care, or should difficult medical decisions remain with patients and their families?

Are the nation’s wealthiest not paying their “fair share,” or should tax breaks be extended for everyone?

Post-election related topics include:

The “War on Drugs” fills prisons with drug users and cost taxpayers $2.5 trillion.   Is this a war that we’re winning?

Evolution or creation?  Has modern science debunked religion’s core beliefs, or can science and religion co-exist?

Please submit any questions or contact us for more in-depth topic information – we will share any further details you might need.  

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Submissions will be accepted until August 15, 2012.  

We look forward to your work.

Intelligence Squared Profile in Port Magazine

June 18, 2012

Robert Leeming talks to US series producer Dana Wolfe about the US debate series

5 Podcasts That Will Change the Way You Think

February 02, 2012

The Intelligence Squared Oxford style debates don’t just cover two competing sides of issues like education, the war on terror and religion. They’ll also train you in high-level debate. Highlights from last season include “Are Men Finished?” and “Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion?” Audio podcasts are downloadable through iTunes.

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates Announce Spring 2012 Season

December 11, 2011

The influential public policy debate series Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) has announced its spring 2012 season beginning January 10 at NYU's Skirball Center. The new season will feature propositions on topics from college football to capitalism in China, from Palestine statehood to political discourse in the online age. Confirmed debaters include best-selling author and New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Pamela Peeke,’s Eli Pariser, Fox News’ John Stossel, Slate Editor-in-Chief Jacob Weisberg and more, with additional panelists to be announced soon.

Intelligence Squared Debates

November 10, 2011

We crunch the numbers generated from five years of controversial tiffs on hot topics.

Resolved: Robert Rosenkranz is Working to Restore Intelligence and Civility--One Debate at a Time

October 14, 2011

"My parents were communists,” volunteers Robert Rosenkranz, “but not in any sophisticated way.” It was just a part of the New York “left-wing milieu.” Rosenkranz was skeptical of their ideology, even as a boy. “Children often rebel against their parents’ ideas,” he says, “and when I heard my mother quote Marx approvingly—‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs’—it immediately struck me as wrong. After all, I thought of myself as able and hard-working, and saw no reason why those who were not should have a claim on whatever prosperity I might eventually be able to add to the world.”

Let's Talk Intelligently!

October 01, 2011

Robert Rosenkranz was worried about America. Why was the nation's civil discourse becoming so uncivil, the conservative, New York insurance executive and philanthropist wondered.

Intelligence Squared U.S. & The Slate Group to Partner

June 05, 2011

Intelligence Squared U.S., the celebrated New York-based live debate series that’s televised globally and broadcast on more than 220 NPR stations, and The Slate Group, the digital publishing subsidiary of The Washington Post Company whose centerpiece is Slate magazine, announced today an exclusive media partnership for the Fall 2011-Spring 2012 IQ2US debate series. The partnership officially launches on September 7, kicking off the new season.

The Rosenkranz Foundation Hosts First Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Series

June 14, 2010

The Rosenkranz Foundation announced it hosted its first Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), an Oxford-style debate series, outside of New York City.

The New Drama of Ideas

February 10, 2010

When was the last time you got someone to change their mind about a challenging issue? You know the usual drill. At a dinner party the topic of, say, Israel is broached, and the evening turns toxic. Opposing sides trot out long-held prejudices, opinion posing as fact, or - the worst! -statistics. No one even listens to, much less gets convinced by, anyone else.

Pointed Political Debate, Minus All the Shouting

October 18, 2009

POLARIZING political talk, overwrought in the extreme, is making for big headlines these days, so it is somewhat counterintuitive (or maybe just smart counterprogramming) that a program based on civilized, formal debate has chosen this moment to try to raise its profile.

For Love or Money

February 06, 2009

"IT IS A CONTEST of wit and logic and ideas and facts and argument and, most of all, persuasion."

60 Seconds with... Robert Rosenkranz

October 01, 2007

Robert Rosenkranz, 64, is chairman and CEO of Delphi Financial Group, Inc., and the founder and host of Manhattan's celebrated IQ2 Forum, a monthly gethering of the city's top movers & shakers in social change.

A Hobby That’s Part Party, Part Debate, All Intellect

June 02, 2007

When it comes to worthy recipients of noblesse largesse, a well-meaning multimillionaire in New York has no shortage of gratifying options: the sick and the poor; cultural institutions; universities; the public sector.

Intelligence Squared

February 14, 2007

How the Rosenkranz Foundation is injecting substance and civility into public policy discourse through its modern Oxford-style debate program by Bryan O'Keefe.


February 11, 2007

SERIOUS TALK He made a fortune in private equity, but Robert Rosenkranz’s passion is public policy. That passion has led Mr. Rosenkranz, chief executive of the Delphi Financial Group, to organize a series of public policy debates under the rubric Intelligence Squared US.

5 Questions for...

February 09, 2007

Ask almost any American about the state of public discourse in this country, and he or she is likely to express disappoint-ment and frustration. Hoping to do something about the increasingly partisan and ideological nature of that discourse, philanthropist Robert Rosenkranz and the Rosenkranz Foundation launched Intelligence Squared US, a series of Oxford-style debates that address hot-button concerns of the day, last September. The debates, which feature one three-person team proposing and a second team opposing a sharply framed motion, will be held on Wednesdays throughout the spring at the Asia Society in Manhattan, and are produced for radio and distributed nationally by WNYC/New York City Public Radio and National Public Radio.

Dept. Of Discourse: Oxford On The Hudson

January 07, 2007

The name of Robert Rosenkranz, the businessman and philanthropist, is not universally recognized, even on Park Avenue. “I know a variety of Rosenkranzes—which one is he?” asked Robert Albertson, a principal at Sandler O’Neill, as he mingled at a reception at the Asia Society and Museum the other evening.

New Debate Series Addresses Pressing Questions of the Day

January 01, 2007

In a packed auditorium at the Asia Society and Museum earlier this month, a panel of distin guished scholars, editors, and filmmakers debated the motion: "Hollywood fuels anti-Americanism abroad." The hour-and-a-half conversation about whether the film industry or the war in Iraq was more to blame for growing international ill-will toward America was part of a new live debate series called Intelligence Squared, which is funded by the Rosenkranz Foundation. The debate series is seeking to trade punditry for dialogue, according to the executive producer, Dana Wolfe. The series caters to an intellectual audience eager for more than sound bites on political and social issues of international concern.

SMART TALK: By Liz Smith

July 06, 2006

N.Y.C. businessman and philanthropist Robert Rosenkranz is bringing the lively British debate "Intelligence Squared" to the states this fall. As in London, where the show attracts curious, on-the-ball ordinary folks and celebs with more on their minds than we give them credit for, the series will present the hot political, cultural and social issues of the day in an Oxford-style, three-on-three debate. "Intelligence Squared U.S.A." begins at New York's Asia Society and Museum this September with this subject up for discussion: "We Must Tolerate a Nuclear Iran." Visit for more information or to purchase tickets. This is the sort of thing that should be on TV, to remind people numbed by the current "shout-downs" that pass for debate and discussion that there is another way to make a point.


May 18, 2006

Few would argue that the level of public discourse in our society has reached a dangerously low point. Witness the mean-spirited partisanship of Congress and the belligerent rudeness of cable television discussions of the issues of the day, which themselves tend to be more about celebrities and scandals than thoughtful analysis of pressing topics like the struggle against Islamic militancy, global warming, and improving our children’s education.