Atlanta, GA 30322
Dobbs U.C., Suite 240E
Welcome to The Barkley Forum
Our mission is to further Emory's vision of a destination university as an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community using academic debate for positive transformation in the world through courageous leadership in teaching, research, scholarship and social action.
Emory Invited to the Lafayette Debates
Two Barkley Forum students have been invited to participate in the prestigious Lafayette Debates hosted by the French Embassy and the George Washington University Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. First year Emory students Brian Klarman of Atlanta, Georgia and Kristin Lowe of Reno, Nevada have been selected to represent Emory. Director of Debate Ed Lee will accompany the two debaters.
Students will address the topic that nations "should maintain, adopt, and implement policies and measures that they deem appropriate for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions on their territory." The debates are intended to promote dialogue and relations between the United States and France by engaging future leaders on topics of mutual interest.
Teams that advance to the final four of the debates will be invited to France and have the opportunity to discuss the topic first hand with officials and diplomats of the French Government along with scholars and business representatives. 28 other schools will attend including the University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University, Ecole de Geurre Economique, Georgetown University, the University of Georgia, Gonzaga University, Harvard University, New York University, the University of Southern California, Stanford University, Washington University, St. Louis and Yale University.
Competitive Debate at Emory University
What is the Barkley Forum?
The Barkley Forum ("The BF") is Emory University's nationally recognized, award winning debate team and community service organization. Over fifty Emory students participate in the program every year in academic debate and public service.
Who can be a part of Emory debate?
The Barkley Forum welcomes any enrolled undergraduate student in good academic standing as an active participant in Emory Debate. You may choose to compete in intercollegiate debate tournaments, work with many of our community service projects, or become involved in on-campus activities.
Graduate students and other members of the community are welcome to join our mission of teaching debate and academic skills to middle and secondary school students throughout the metro-Atlanta area through one of many different programs including the Computer Assisted Debate program, the Debate Center (hosted with Georgia State University), or the Middle School Debate series. Each of these programs is part of the award winning National Debate Project and the Atlanta Urban Debate League. Volunteers are always welcome.
When do we meet?
The Barkley Forum is a full-service professional organization within the Division of Campus Life at Emory University. The professional staff works year-round teaching debate to Emory University students and local middle school and high school students, as well as middle and secondary school teachers. Many programs run throughout the academic year and in the summer.
The intercollegiate debate team travels to tournaments throughout the academic calendar year from September through April. Planning, research, and preparation for each debate season goes on throughout the spring and summer months.
How do I become involved?
Contact the Barkley Forum office and let us know of your interest in intercollegiate debate and community participation. One of our professional staff will meet with you to discuss your interests and talk with you about Emory Debate!