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. Last year The Hart House Debating Club won several championship titles, including the British Parliamentary Championship and the National Championship.
Finally, the Debating Club collaborates with the Debates Committee to organize tournaments and facilitate student participation in formal public debates that contribute to the vibrant debating community within Hart House.
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.