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The Philipsen Forum Debate Fund will provide support for student engagement in debate at the UW Department of Communication. It will include equipment purchases, guest speakers, and travel to competitions. The UW Debate Union honors Emeritus Professor Gerry Philipsen’s dedication to debate as an educational and knowledge-building tool. The Philipsen Debate Forum is an annual event featuring students engaging in public debates over major public issues. Support this fund >>

Input on Immigration: A Narrative and Policy Forum

Monday, November 20 | 6:00 PM in CMU 120 The UW Policy Debate Coalition is hosting the first ever forum focused on immigration and immigration policy. Currently, the government has been pursuing tighter regulations on immigration from all corners of…

UW Debate Union Presents Gerry Philipsen Debate Forum

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. | CMU 120 Resolved: SPD Should Remove the Standard-Issue Firearm from Seattle Patrol Officers Featured Respondent: Jonathan Warren is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. His teaching specializations include Education, Race, Ethnicity,…

UW Debate Union presents 3rd Annual Philipsen Debate Forum

The University of Washington Debate Union presents the 3rd Annual Gerry Philipsen Debate Forum, a public debate on “Resolved: The State of Washington should pass I-732 to adopt a carbon tax.” The Philipsen Forum is an annual event hosted by…

UW Debate closes out the Western Policy Debate Championship in semifinals and takes home eight speaker awards.

The University of Washington Debate Union ended its competition season on a high note, barely missing out on reaching the single-elimination phase of the Cross-Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship tournament. The CEDA National tournament, which came on the heels…

Walker Meyer from Yale (left) questions Tyler Salathe (George Washington University) while their partners Yoon Joe Sul (far left) and Joseph Nelson (far right) listen.

The UW Debate Union proved strong at the NASA Astrobiology Debates, held on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus and hosted by the Department of Communication, with one team reaching the quarterfinals and another defeating Yale University. One look at…

UW to host weekend of NASA Astrobiology Debates

The University of Washington is hosting the Western Championship of the NASA Astrobiology Debates on October 17-18, sponsored by NASA and directed by a partnership of George Washington University and the UW. These are public-oriented debates wherein elite college debaters…

UW Debate to examine minimum wage at public event

The Policy Debate Coalition at the University of Washington is hosting a public debate centered on whether Washington State should increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Join them on May 19 at 7 p.m. in CMU 120. Special…

Gerry Philipsen Debate Forum examines physician-assisted suicide

The Debate Union is hosting the second annual Gerry Philipsen Debate Forum on November 20 at 7 p.m. in CMU 120. The topic will be physician-assisted suicide, with featured respondent and UW Communication alumna Dr. Helene Starks. Watch the video:…

The first annual Gerry Philipsen Debate Forum honors retiring professor

The UW Debate Union, led by lecturer Michael Souders, is sponsoring a new series that honors retiring Professor Gerry Philipsen’s dedication to debate as an educational and knowledge-building tool. The Philipsen Debate Forum is an annual event featuring students engaging…

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