The 2013 Bughouse Square Debates | Newberry

The 2013 Bughouse Square Debates

Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools, Freedom of Speech Award Winners, 2013

Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools, Freedom of Speech Award Winners, 2013

Erwin Lutzer, Soapbox Speaker 2013

Rachel Goodstein, Soapbox Speaker 2013

Bughouse Square Debates crowd responds, 2013

Allie Carter, Soapbox Speaker 2013

Enrique Perez, Soapbox Champion 2013

Environmental Encroachment Marching Band

Saturday, July 27, 2013

1 pm - 4 pm

Washington Square Park (a.k.a., Bughouse Square), 901 N. Clark St. (across from the Newberry)

We will commemorate Chicago’s long history as a hub of free speech with a stimulating afternoon of public debate on the Cubs’ proposed renovations to Wrigley Field, Edward Snowdon and WikiLeaks, laws requiring parental consent for underage abortions, fair and affordable housing in Chicago, conspiracy theories, and more. And we’ll proudly present this year’s Altgeld Award for Free Speech to Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools (CSOSOS). Bring your loudest heckling voice, mount the open soapbox, and keep free speech alive and well. Take it to the park this summer!

Main Debate:

How much is it worth to the city to keep the Chicago Cubs?

Lester Munson v. Tom Tresser

Soapbox Speakers:

Allie Carter, “Parental Notice of Abortion Laws Harm Young Women and Should Be Overturned”

Marcus A. Davis, “Just Asking Questions About Conspiracy Theories & Social Media”

David Ellis, “Edward Snowden & Whistleblowers under Fire: The Dark Future of a Free Press in a Police State”

Rachel Goodstein, “What would Eleanor Roosevelt do? Save the Julia C. Lathrop Homes!”

Jill Howe, “Quitting is the Cat’s Meow”

Hugh Iglarsh, “The Imperatives of Imperialism: Running an Empire the Thucydides Way”

Erwin Lutzer, “Why Honest People Should Believe the Claims of Jesus Christ”

Enrique Perez, “Why Rahm is Unbeatable!”

Todd Stump, “Equal Pay for Equal Work for Singles”

Mikva Challenge Soapbox Finalists … and more.

Learn more about what happens at the Bughouse Square Debates and browse past Debates. If you would like to be part of this year’s program, email your phone number and speech topic to

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free and open to the public.