The Manhattan Middle School Debate Institute @ Hunter College
More about the Manhattan Middle School Debate Institute
We are honored to partner up with Hunter College and the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) to host for nearly a decade at Hunter College. This is our longest and largest summer debate institutes in the heart of Manhattan.
Hunter College. "Hunter West Building," corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street. The 6 Train is literally feet away from the door. We meet in the main lobby of the Hunter West building. Click here for Google Maps. Directions below.
July 8th - July 19th (Monday - Friday)
All our debate institutes are 9:00am-3:00pm. Students should be dropped off at 9:00am and picked up at 3:00pm. All dropping off and picking up is done at the Hunter West lobby where there is campus security.
Directions to Hunter College - Main Campus
The #6 train stops directly under the College at 68th Street Hunter College station. Turn right upon exiting the turnstile and then turn left to exit the train station. The entrance to the West Building will be directly in front of you. The F and Q trains stop at East 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue. After exiting the station, walk north on Lexington Avenue to East 68th Street. The College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.
By Bus In Manhattan
Going Cross town: The M66 bus goes cross town on 68th Street going east and 67th Street going west. Hunter College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.
Going Uptown: The M98, M101, M102, and M103 go south on Lexington Avenue and north on 3rd Avenue. Hunter College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.
From Queens & Long Island - Take the Long Island Expressway West to the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Make a right onto Third Avenue and proceed north to 69th street. Make a left turn on 69th Street to Lexington Avenue and make a left. The College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.
From Bronx & Westchester - Take the New York Thruway (I-87) South to the Major Deegan Expressway to 3rd Avenue Bridge to the FDR Drive to 71st Street exit. Continue straight to Lexington Avenue and make a left. Continue to East 68th Street. The College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.
From New Jersey via Tunnel - Take the Lincoln Tunnel. After exiting the tunnel, take 10th Avenue north to 65th Street. Turn right and cross Central Park. After exiting Central Park, continue along East 65th Street to Park Avenue. Turn left on Park Avenue. Go three blocks and make a right turn on 68th Street. The College will be at the end of the block.
From New Jersey via GW Bridge - Take the George Washington Bridge to the Harlem River Drive to the FDR Drive to the 71st Street exit. Continue straight to Second Avenue. Make a left turn and travel on Second Avenue to 69th Street. Make a right on 69th Street and travel to Lexington Avenue. Make a left turn on Lexington. The College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.
Hunter was founded in 1870 as a women's college; it first admitted male freshmen in 1946. The main campus has been located on Park Avenue since 1873. In 1943, Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated Franklin Delano Roosevelt's and her former townhouse to the college; the building was reopened in 2010 as the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. Hunter College is anchored by its main campus at East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, a modern complex of three towers — the East, West, and North Buildings — and Thomas Hunter Hall, all of which are interconnected by skywalks. The college's official street address is 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065. The main campus is situated within walking distance of Central Park, as well as many of New York's most prestigious cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Asia Society Museum, and the Frick Collection. The New York City Subway's 68th Street – Hunter College station (6 trains) on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line is directly underneath, and serves the entire campus. Adjacent to the staircase to the station, in front of the West Building, sits an iconic Hunter sculpture, "Tau", created by late Hunter professor and respected artist Tony Smith.
About our Debate Camps
Our Debate Camps are staffed by New York’s top middle school and high school debate coaches, teachers, alumni and debaters. Tracks are available for beginners as well as advanced debaters. Skills include public speaking, cross examination, critical thinking, research, argumentative writing, public forum debate, and policy debate. Subjects include the current policy debate resolution, philosophy, political science, critical theory, economics, history, geography, international politics and more. Students will gain a competitive edge for the upcoming debate season. But most importantly, it's a lot of fun! At the end of the two weeks we have a camp tournament and awards ceremony. Tuition includes breakfast, lunch, Camp T-Shirt, debate texts and materials.
Sample Daily Schedule:
- 9:00am-9:30am - Breakfast
- 9:30am-10:00am - Lecture and Activities #1
- 10:00am-10:30am - Debate Electives
- 10:30am-12:00pm - Debate Labs
- 12:00pm-12:30pm - Lunch
- 12:30pm-1:30pm - Labs
- 1:30pm-2:30pm - Practice Debates
- 2:30pm-3:00pm - Closing Activities
Friday Debate Camp Tournament Schedule
- 8:30am-9:00am - Arrival
- 9:00am-9:30am - Breakfast
- 9:30am-10:00am - Labs and Tournament Prep
- 10:00am-11:00am - Round 1
- 11:00am-12:00pm - Round 2
- 12:00pm-12:30pm - Lunch
- 12:30pm-1:30pm - Round 3
- 2:00pm-2:30pm - Awards
- 2:30pm - 3:00pm - Lab Awards
SUMMER DEBATE CAMP SAMPLE CURRICULUM TOPICS
- Public Speaking
- Speech Writing
- Refutation and Clash
- Note Taking and Flowing
- Cross Examination Skills
- Judge Adaptation
- Tournament Skills
- Travel Team
- Debate Formats