Event Details

Please join us as the Cornell Speech and Debate Society tackles: 

Is Universal Basic Income our next generation’s future?


Saturday, September 14, 2019
Cornell ILR School | NYC
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The Cornell Speech and Debate Society is heading to the Cornell ILR School in the Big Apple this fall! Cornell student debaters will advance civil discourse and preserve over 150 years of Cornell debate tradition. Plus, hear remarks from ILR School Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean Alexander Colvin, ILR PhD ’99.


Debate Topics:  Is Universal Basic Income our next generation’s future?

With automation on the rise across industries, the future of work is uncertain. Given this reality, is the United States at a point where it needs to start thinking about a system that would provide a universal basic income to all citizens regardless of their need or economic circumstances? This multifaceted topic is gaining traction in mainstream political discourse as a solution to predicted unemployment problems driven by automation. Cornell student debaters will explore both sides of the issue.



Event Details:

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.


       3:30-4:00 p.m. – check-in and light refreshments
       4:00-5:30 p.m. – student debate

Location:Cornell ILR School

570 Lexington Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY

Cost: $20.00 general alumni, $10.00 alumni classes 2009-2019 and students. This is a family friendly event and middle school aged students and older are welcome.

Includes: Light refreshments served

RSVP:Register now

Event questions? Contact Sam Nelson, Director of Cornell’s Speech and Debate

Registration questions? Contact Erika Axe


Featured Speaker:


Alexander Colvin, Ph.D. ’99, is the Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and the Martin F. Scheinman Professor of Conflict Resolution at the ILR School, Cornell University. He is an associate member of the Cornell Law Faculty and served as ILR Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Diversity, and Faculty Development. His research and teaching focuses on employment dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on procedures in nonunion workplaces and the impact of the legal environment on organizations. His current research projects include empirical investigations of employment arbitration and a cross-national study of labor and employment law change in the Anglo-American countries. He has published articles in journals such as Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Personnel Psychology, Relations Industrielles, the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, and the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy. He is also co-author (with Harry C. Katz and Thomas A. Kochan) of the textbook

An Introduction to Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations, 4th edition (Irwin-McGraw-Hill).
Prof. Colvin received his J.D. in 1992 from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in 1999 from Cornell University. He received the 2003 Outstanding Young Scholar  Award from the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA) and the 2000 Best Dissertation Award from the IRRA for his dissertation entitled “Citizens and Citadels: Dispute Resolution and the Governance of Employment Relations”. Before joining the faculty of the ILR School in 2008, he taught at Penn State University from 1999-2008.



 From left to right: Carson Crane, Arts & Sciences ’22, Victor Rieman, ILR ’21, Alice Kreher, Human Ecology ’21, Jin Mo Koo, Arts and Sciences ’22.




The ILR School is committed to providing opportunities for students, staff and faculty to work together on important topics that impact the world of work.  As a result, we have established the Theme Project that is intended to bring the ILR community together around an important labor market challenge or opportunity.  Our goal is to deepen our sense of community while motivating all to develop new research, policy, practice, discussion and teaching that will significantly impact the world of work.