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Braver Angels Debates

A collaborative search for the truth.

If you haven’t seen one of our debates, get ready to experience an exciting and fun way to dig into controversial issues.
Our special parliamentary format encourages everyone to speak or ask questions, ensures 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.
New to Debates?
Take a look at a video recap of a debate we held on free speech to learn more about the character of a BA debate
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.

Find a Debate Near You!

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

Volunteer

Interested in helping? Become a trained Online Debate Whip!

Debate Whips identify and interact with potential speakers, answer questions from participants and support the Chair in creating a balanced, lively and smoothly run debate.

Past Debates

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

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