Debaters in Conversation


Debaters in Conversation is a series focused on bringing student involvement and the student voice to local and global issues. Through conversation, we hope to foster student interest and promote leadership within the University of Toronto community and beyond.

Join us for our 2017 events
Canadian International Council Foreign Affairs Debate

The Canadian International Council Toronto Branch in partnership with the Hart House Debates and Dialogue Committee present the 4th Annual Student Foreign Policy Debate.

The resolution: “This house believes that Canada’s foreign policy should be driven by the need to close the global inequity gap.”

When: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 7-9 pm
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required

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Alumni Debates

The Hart House Debates & Dialogue Committee is pleased to present this year’s Alumni Debate, featuring revered alumni of the Hart House debating and U of T community: The Honourable Ian Binnie, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and Andrew Coyne, National Affairs Columnist of The National Post and one of Canada’s most widely read polemicists. These two titans will be joined by two competitive debaters Joanna Nairn, the 2006 World Universities Debating Champion and Aislin Flynn, recently former President of the Hart House Debate Club and Yale IV 2015 Champion.

When: Tues., Feb. 14, 2017, 7-9 pm
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
Cost: Free

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Green Cities with David Miller

Join former Mayor of Toronto and Head of the World Wildlife Protection Fund-Canada David Miller, in conversation on sustainability, urban forestry, and innovation in Toronto.

When: Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017, 1-3 pm
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required

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Churchill Debate

Join four of Canada’s top debaters who will debate the place of referendums in Canadian politics. Do referendums have the power to open up the system and increase accessibility, bolstering the voice of democracy? Or are they a destabilizing force, threatening the hallmarks of Canadian governance?

When: Wed. March 15, 2017, 7 pm
Where: Music Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required

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About the Debates & Dialogue Committee

The Committee provides University of Toronto students opportunities to find and develop their capacity for self-knowledge and self-expression. It does so in two principal ways. First, it organizes events in which important topics of the day are discussed and explored. These can be panel discussions, guest lectures, or more formal debating events. Whatever the format, students participate with invited speakers and panelists, both in the event itself and in the question and discussion periods which are a part of each event. These events not only provide the student population at large with opportunities for public discussion, they also give committee members and volunteers the chance to learn how to organize and promote such public discussions.

Second, the Committee co-operates with the Debating Club in enriching the opportunities for student debating. The Committee organizes several tournaments in House and liaises with the Debating Club over the selection of, and fundraising for, students to represent Hart House in the World Debating Championship.

Although these two principal activities are different, they are bound together as ways to enable students to enhance their skills at participating, in the broadest sense, in the wider world of dialogue and expression that sustains our political life and allows for a multiplicity of voices in civil society in general.