Lund Critical Debates Series

The Lund Critical Debates Series brings to campus two to three speakers who can address topical issues from a variety of perspectives. Typically, a Cornell faculty member serves as moderator. 

The Einaudi Center is deeply grateful to Judith Lund Biggs ’57 for her generosity and foresight in creating this series, which serves to strengthen academic discourse at Cornell and enhance the student experience.

2017-18: How Should We Engage with North Korea?

Lund Debate North Korea
Left to right, Soo-Hyuck Lee, Hirokazu Miyazaki, Sue Mi Terry. Photo by Annika Tomson. 

The debate, on April 23, 2018, featured Soo-Hyuck Lee, former head of South Korea’s delegation to the Six-Party Talks on North Korea, and Sue Mi Terry, a longtime veteran of the U.S. intelligence services and a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Einaudi Center director Hirokazu Miyazaki was the moderator.

Media coverage

For debaters, success on North Korea a question of expectations (Cornell Chronicle)

Experts spar over U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks in debate (Cornell Daily Sun)


2017-2018: Can War be Prevented by Law?

Lund Debate War
Left to right, Scott Shapiro, Oona Hathaway, Matthew Evangelista, Isabel Hull, Jens David Ohlin. Photo by Annika Tomson.

Do laws and treaties have the power to stop armed conflicts before they begin? "Can War be Prevented by Law" was held on March 1, 2018. The debate featured Yale University's Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro and Cornell's Isabel V. Hull and Jens David Ohlin. Matthew A. Evangelista (government) moderated.

Media coverage

Debate: Can Law Prevent War (CornellCast video)

Cornell, Yale scholars to debate role of law in preventing war (Cornell Chronicle)

Scholars debate whether laws are effective in preventing war (Cornell Daily Sun


For previous years, please visit the Lund Critical Debate Series archive in Cornell's eCommons.