Steeped in Tradition, Engaging the Future
Founded in 1830, the Philodemic is among the oldest debate societies in the United States and the oldest secular student organization at Georgetown.
The Society employs the Jesuit value of Contemplation in Action by pursuing “eloquence in the defense of liberty” through intellectual discourse. Each Thursday, the Society meets to consider timeless questions as well as contemporary issues that our school, nation, and world are facing. Our Society debates not to compete, but to challenge ourselves. We celebrate our diversity of perspectives welcome all to listen, learn, and engage in the important topics discussed.
Philodemic is about more than just our weekly debates. The Philodemic Society is a close-knit community, which distinguishes us from other debating groups on college campuses.
After each debate, Philodemicians journey to Martin’s Tavern to continue the discussion and reflect on the debate. The Society also hosts regular events like Speakers’ Workshops to improve public speaking. Additionally, traditions like the Hamilton Debate, which welcomes alumni back to campus, and the Richard T. Merrick Debate, which honors our most eloquent members, are special parts of the Philodemic experience.
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