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The Scholars’ Debate has been a key element of the calendar for over 10 years. During this time there have been great many memorable debates focusing on a wide variety of issues from free speech to human rights, climate change to terrorism and everything in between.
Whatever the topic, the aim of the Scholars’ Debate is to generate a unique, interdisciplinary and policy-orientated discussion of topical issues of international significance, as well as developing the Scholars’ skills of collaboration, organisation and initiative.
Highlights of the latest debates
2018: Hate speech is Free speech Debate and Q&A with Sir Trevor McDonald
2017: Donald Trump Inaugural Debate and Q&A with Sir Trevor McDonald
2015: Economic Inequality is a Necessary Evil
2014: Monopolising God: The Politics of Religion and Citizens’ Rights Today and Post-2014 Afghanistan: What is the West’s Responsibility?
2012: The Arab Uprisings: One Year On: Voices from the Ground
The WHT Scholars’ Debate is a unique event as it is completely organised and run by the WHT Scholars. For me, it was a pleasure to attend and witness how the hard work of my fellow Scholars paid off in such a wonderful way. They managed to spark a lively, respectful and interesting conversation around the issue of hate speech and free speech, as well as demonstrate their talent as public speakers.