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Develop your public speaking and critical thinking skills in a supportive public forum.

Join us for lively debates every Tuesday evening in the heart of Chester!

Whether you want to speak on a particular motion or simply want to watch and take part from the floor, Chester Debating Society is open to all ages, abilities, and walks of life.

Established in 1902, Chester Debating Society has been promoting the free exchange of ideas for over a century. Become part of our rich history and join in for free on your first visit!

If you love Chester Debating Society as much as we do, you can get an annual membership for just £20. As the Society is funded entirely by donations, we ask for a small donation from non-members after their first visit.

Get in touch today at chesterdebating@hotmail.co.uk

Time: 19:00
Location: Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham Street, Chester, CH1 3LF

Upcoming events (5)

"Machiavelli is not a good role model for politics"

Scheduled shrewdly a week before the Article 50 deadline, this motion is sure to stir up opinions across the political spectrum. Whilst some might argue Machiavellianism is alive and well, our debaters will butt heads on the topic of whether Machiavelli himself is (or, indeed, ever was) a good role model. Whether you have opinions on the matter or simply want to listen, come and join us for an evening of rhetoric and refreshments!

"No-platforming creates a dangerous political vacuum"

This week's debate dives into the 'no-platform' phenomenon and looks to answer whether or not it creates a dangerous political vacuum. As the Tommy Robinson saga rolls on, and 'cancel culture' sweeps across society, questions of free speech and 'safe spaces' confront us at every turn. Whether you have opinions on the matter or simply want to listen, come and join us for an evening of rhetoric and refreshments!

"An artist’s behaviour can be separated from their art"

What do Michael Jackson, Kevin Spacey, and Richard Wagner all have in common? They are artists with controversial (and tainted) reputations. Following on from our earlier no-platforming debate, we delve into the world of 'cancel culture' and consider whether it is possible to separate the art from the artist. Whether you have opinions on the matter or simply want to listen, come and join us for an evening of rhetoric and refreshments!

"No book should be banned"

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From Ovid to Salman Rushdie, the Soviet Union to today's US government, the practice of book banning is not unknown to society. But is censorship right? Whether you have opinions on the matter or simply want to listen, come and join us for an evening of rhetoric and refreshments!

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