Braver Angels Online Debates

A Collaborative Search for the Truth

If you haven’t seen one of our debates, get ready for a new experience. Our special parliamentary format encourages everyone to speak or ask questions, insures civility in disagreement, and strives for learning and better understanding for all. The online version works in much the same way, modified to foster constructive debate coast to coast.

In all our debates we use resolutions that might be controversial to encourage speeches from both sides. Unlike some of our workshops, these are not associated with Red and Blue, but Pro and Con.

Online Debates take place via Zoom conference call, moderated by a Trained Debate Chair. You must register in advance. Participants who are Braver Angels members will be given preference if too many people sign up. Please note that Braver Angels may use footage from online debates in videos and/or marketing materials.

National Online Debates

May 13th, 8 pm ET

Should non-discrimination laws take precedence over religious liberty?

May 25th, 8 pm ET

Should America pass H.R. 1?
America’s voting laws have become a point of fierce and painful contention, with each side accusing the other of undermining democracy.

July 30th, 8 pm ET

Should the country assist black Americans with reparations?

(Registration link to come)

New to Online Debates?

Take a look at some documents and videos that we have prepared to help beginning online debaters have a more enjoyable experience.

Find a local Online Debate near you!

Check out our events calendar, which features Online Debates happening around the country.

Bring one to your own community!

Contact our Online Debates team to get support for running an event with our trained Debate Chairs and event teams. 

See what participants had to say about our recent debate on police reform:

Join the Debates Team! We want to train you as an Online Debate Chair or member of the event support team!

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