Braver Angels Collegiate Debate: Is Social Media a Threat to Democracy?


University of Baltimore students, faculty, and staff are invited to join a respectful conversation touching all sides of a challenging issue. Braver Angels debates are not competitive, but provide a deep experience of civil discourse. Conducted in a light parliamentary style, they teach students to engage with each other respectfully around difficult, polarizing issues. Students think together, listen carefully, and allow themselves to be touched and even changed by each other’s ideas. Participants emerge with greater empathy and appreciation for diversity of thought.

Sponsored by the University's Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences and the Hoffberger Center for Ethical Engagement, this collegiate debate is free and brought to you with the support of a partnership of Braver AngelsBridgeUSA, and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), non-profit organizations that believe in the power of free expression and respectful exchange of ideas on America's college campuses. 

Questions? Contact Professor Jennifer Keohane at

Registration Details:

  • Register for the Braver Angels Debate
  • Registration for this debate will be open until 4:30 p.m. on April 6, 2023.
  • A private Zoom link will be provided to registrants before the event. 

To learn more about Braver Angels collegiate debates, you can view this video of a sample debate (2 minutes). If you are new to our debates, this two-minute video will help you get started. This file might help you understand the debate process that we use.

Contact Name:
Jennifer Keohane
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Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request 10 days prior to a campus event and 30 days prior to an event requiring travel.

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