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Where are the debates held?

New York debates for the spring and fall 2018 season will be held at Kaye Theater at Hunter College on 68th Street between Park and Lexington. Please refer to the specific debate you plan on attending for more information. 

What does the pre-debate reception include?

The full ticket price ($40) includes entrance to the pre-debate reception and priority access to seating. The reception begins at 5:45PM in the downstairs lobby of Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall. This is a great opportunity to socialize with like-minded New Yorkers and ignite stimulating discussion of the evening’s topic. There is a cash bar including soda, waters, and wine. At approximately 6:15PM, the auditorium doors will open and reception patrons have first access to general admission seating. All other ticket holders will be allowed access to the auditorium at 6:30PM followed by the debate starting at 6:45PM. Click here for directions and parking information.

How do I purchase tickets to attend?

Tickets can be purchased through the Kaufman Center Website or by contacting the Kaufman Center Box Office by phone at 212-501-3330 or by email at

Is seating general admission only?

Yes, all seating is general admission with the exception of the preferred seating section reserved for our benefactors (to learn more about how to become a sponsor of Intelligence Squared U.S., click here). Kaufman Center’s concert hall includes both orchestra and balcony seating – view the seating chart.

How can I listen to the debates?

You can download or stream the edited radio broadcast (as heard on NPR) or the unedited audio from the AUDIO/VIDEO section of each individual debate page or subscribe to the Intelligence Squared podcast series on iTunes. Debate audio is usually available one week from the live event.

How can I watch the debates if I’m not in New York?

All debates can be watched directly on the AUDIO/VIDEO section of each individual debate page. Video is typically available 1-2 weeks after each debate. DVDs are also available for sale on our website.

Starting with our fall 2011 season, Intelligence Squared US debates will be broadcast on WNET/Thirteen, NJTV and WLIW. The debates usually within 2 weeks of the live recording and air repeatedly throughout the week and weekend. Check here for your local listings.

I have an idea for a debate. Whom do I contact?

You can send an email to:

Can I become a Friend of Intelligence Squared U.S.?

Yes, we have four levels of support—Friends can be Bright, Brilliant, a Genius or a Polymath. All levels include preferred seating at the debates. Brilliant, Genius and Polymath levels of support include invitations to post-debate dinners with panelists and distinguished guests. Click Here for more information or to become a Friend of IQ2 U.S..

What job opportunities are available at Intelligence Squared U.S.?

Internships are available in the research, marketing and development departments. To apply for an IQ2US internship, send your cover letter, resume and a writing sample to