Harvard Political Union

Founded in 1832 as the Harvard Union, the Harvard Political Union (HPU) is America’s oldest collegiate debate society.  Today, the HPU is the center for political discourse and discussion on Harvard’s campus. The HPU fosters a community of friendly, questioning, and politically-minded students. It is our goal to foster healthy and constructive discourse on campus and beyond.  We hold weekly club debates, organize discussions on political issues between students and expert guests, as well as host large-forum debates between student organizations, providing avenues for valuable and informed political dialogue on a wide range of issues.  Students from all experiences, backgrounds, and political philosophies come to have their opinions heard and challenged as a part of our welcoming community.