Brooks Quimby Debate Council

The Brooks Quimby Debate Council is the debating society at Bates College, founded just after the College in 1855.

Among many firsts, we participated in the first intercollegiate debate in 1896 and the first international collegiate debate in 1908. Today, as one of the world’s premier debating societies, we compete domestically against other teams in the American Parliamentary Debate Association, and participate in a number of international debating events, such as the World Universities Debating Championships. Committed to inclusivity, we always welcome new debaters to our program – many of our best debaters learned how to debate at Bates!

Please explore our website to learn more about our program, or feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the BQDC or debate in general – we’d love to hear from you!

We meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 4:10pm in Pettigrew Hall (Room 300).

Latest Updates

Season Results 2013-2014

The Brooks Quimby Debate Council concludes its most competitively successful season in recent...

By Logan Pettinato on May 1, 2014

Bates Wins National Championship

Taylor Blackburn and Jack Stewart win National Championship at Purdue University. At...

By Logan Pettinato on April 14, 2014

Members of the Class of 2014 (Photo Credit: Taylor Blackburn '15).
Annual Team Banquet Celebrates Landmark Season

Members of the BQDC assemble for the Annual Team Banquet. Each spring,...

By Logan Pettinato on March 26, 2014

The BQDC and Brandeis (Photo Credit: Zuhayr Reaz ’16)
Bates vs. Brandeis Public Debate

The BQDC and Brandeis host an intercollegiate public debate on Thursday, Feb. 27 at...

By Logan Pettinato on February 28, 2014

Left to right: Wesson '14, Summers '15, Balckburn '15, and Stewart '14 at Chennai Worlds 2014 (Photo Credit: BQDC).
Chennai Worlds 2014

Bates debaters make program history when two BQDC teams advance to elimination...

By Logan Pettinato on January 15, 2014