On Halloween, HWS Debate will host a themed debate about the zombie apocalypse. The internationally recognized debate team will discuss the motion, “In the event of a zombie apocalypse, would you rather be a human or a zombie?”
The event will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the Sanford Room. A live stream of the event will be available here.
HWS Debate is an internationally competitive team that regularly competes against some of the best colleges and universities in the world including Harvard, Yale and Stanford Universities. In the style of British Parliamentary debate, teams discuss current questions of politics, international relations and law.
At the Bard IV Debate Tournament this fall, Liam Sullivan ’20 and Sreyan Kanungo ’23 became the East Coast season opener champions – topping Cornell University, University of Rochester and the University of Vermont competitors in the final round. The tournament hosted 68 teams from 14 schools. HWS is also recognized among debate circuits for contributing professional judges to tournaments. At Bard IV, Gizem Hussain ’21 was selected as a judge for the semi-finals, putting her among the top-ranked adjudicators at the tournament.
This October, HWS hosted the North American Universities Debating Championship (NAUDC) on campus, in which 124 teams competed – making it one of the largest tournaments in the world. Qualifying teams from the NAUDC will compete at the Hobart and William Smith Round Robin, an event widely considered to be among the most competitive English-speaking debating tournaments in the world. Hosted by the Colleges every spring, only 16 teams are invited to attend, including the winners of the NAUDC, the European Universities Debating Championships, the four teams in the grand final of the World Universities Debating Championships, and a selection of invited teams with extraordinary debating accomplishments.