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About Harvard Union

Welcome to Harvard Union, a debate society at Harvard that brings open debate in an atmosphere of free speech to debate the most important and controversial issues of our time. Our society is committed to creating a space for reasoned discussion and intellectual growth. Join us to develop your argumentative skills, meet likeminded individuals, and engage in meaningful conversations.

Our Mission

Fostering Intellectual Growth

At Harvard Union, we are dedicated to fostering intellectual growth through open debate and free speech. Our mission is to provide an inclusive environment for individuals to develop their argumentative skills, explore diverse perspectives, and engage in meaningful conversations. Our approach is grounded in the belief that every individual has the ability to make a valuable contribution to the discourse on important issues.

Our History


Harvard Union is Founded

In 1865, Harvard Union was founded with the mission to promote debate and discussion on campus. Since then, we have grown to become one of the most respected debate societies in the world.


First Intercollegiate Debate

In 1890, Harvard Union participated in the first intercollegiate debate in the United States, paving the way for the development of college debate in America.

In the News

Harvard Union in the Press

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