We host public debates – open to members and non-members alike – that cover a range of topical and controversial issues. We invite four expert speakers – ranging from MPs and diplomats to professors, researchers and analysts – to either argue in support (proposition) of the motion or against it (opposition).
Before they close their arguments members of the audience are invited to speak themselves, either in support of one side of the argument, or in abstention, meaning they agree with neither side. Therefore this is by no means a lecture, but rather an opportunity for people to really get to the root of issues, and challenge speakers on their opinions.
Attendees are welcomed to join us to a social event right after the debate at a local bar with our invited speakers for a chat about the debate that commenced in a less formal setting!
Past Public Debates
Debate Salon at the French Institute
We were delighted and honoured to attend a night of ideas at the French Institute this February. Our very own debaters held a round table discussion on the topic of 'Love me more' which focused on whether too much love can be harmful
THBT There is Legitimacy of the Monarchy in the Modern World
In collaboration with the UCL Drama society we held a public debate to celebrate their society's production of King Charles III.
Informal Debate on Animal Rights
Another collaboration with a society, UCL debate was proud to join the UCL Animal Rights Society for an informal debate between members of the two societies. The audience could participate with questions in order to facilitate the discussions.