“From wherever you stood, the opposing side offered respectable, credible views. In today's fractured culture the evening struck a blow for civility.”
- The Huffington Post
By John Donvan — February 09, 2015
OUR 100TH DEBATE: Reflecting on the past, debating the future.
By John Donvan — January 15, 2015
I have a book coming out early next year – my first. It’s a history of autism, which I have been writing with a co-author. It’s been four years in the making already, during which two fantasies have played through my head, about the day the book arrives.
By IQ2US Staff — January 13, 2015
With the world outraged by the attacks on satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, last week in Paris, we think back to our debate from 2006 on the motion: Freedom of Expression Must Include the License to Offend.
By Robert Rosenkranz, Chairman — January 08, 2015
Freedom of expression was a topic at the center of one of our earliest debates at Intelligence Squared U.S. At the time we presented the debate, in 2006, the motion seemed like an effortless win for the proposers, with more than 83% voting in favor of the motion.
By IQ2US Staff — December 16, 2014
Announcing the IQ2US Shop!
By John Donvan — December 03, 2014
Do you eat? Then you have a stake in this debate.
By John Donvan — November 10, 2014
A lot of times, our debate topics intersect with stories in the news, as covered by, say, The Economist, or Foreign Policy, or The New York Times. This week, however, it is People magazine that may give the best, and most visceral, preview of what we'll be debating on Thursday, when our motion will be: "Legalize Assisted Suicide."
By John Donvan — October 22, 2014
One of the cool things about our debates at Intelligence Squared is that, mostly, we’re unscripted. Which means, at every debate, I’m just not sure who will say what to whom. That kind of chemistry is what gets worked out on stage, in front of everybody. And that is when we find out what our debaters are made of.
By John Donvan — September 30, 2014
Choosing the lesser of two evils presumes you know which of the two evils really is less lousy.
By Clea Chang — August 06, 2014