What is the Hart House Debate Club?


The Hart House Debating Club provides a space for University of Toronto students to hone their speaking skills and explore new perspectives, attitudes, and ideas. It aims to help students develop the tools necessary to express themselves as well as the confidence to both defend and question their beliefs.

There are two meetings each week at which students of every level of skill meet to practice and learn; meetings consist of training seminars, practice debates, and information sessions that can be enjoyed on a drop-in basis or by regular attendance.

The Debating Club sends students to compete at regional, national, and international debating competitions.  These competitions provide students with the opportunity to represent their university and compete at the highest levels. In turn, they share the skills they acquire at competitions with other students. We are one of the most successful teams in North America and the World.

In sum, the Hart House Debating Club is concerned with fostering spirited dialogue and free expression. By helping students develop their communication and reasoning skills, it hopes to encourage an atmosphere of pluralism where all voices are heard.