The Yale Political Union boasts partnership with several other institutions devoted to promoting rigorous and civil debate and discourse.
The oldest collegiate union, the Cambridge Union was founded in 1815. It boasts over 70,000 life members worldwide. The largest student society in Cambridge, the Union remains a unique forum for the free exchange of ideas and the art of public debate. The Society has hosted such great figures as Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and the current Dalai Lama.
The Oxford Union, established in 1823, has recently hosted Malala Yousafzai, Bill Maher, and Michael Hayden. In the past, the YPU has sent delegations abroad to debate her British counterparts, strengthening ties between the Union and its transatlantic partners.
The Hudson Union Society, an affiliate debating society, is a vibrant intellectual community and debating organization located in New York City. Hosting several exciting events every month ranging from discussions with notable public figures to exclusive red-carpet premieres or mixers at select Manhattan locations. The members of each organization enjoy reciprocal membership rights in the other. For the students of the YPU, this means that attendance at all HUS events is free. When registering for an event on their website, be sure to use the promotional code “YPU.” Recent YPU alumni living in New York can also purchase HUS membership at a discounted rate.
In the Spring of 2009, the Yale Political Union launched an exciting partnership with the Huffington Post. When Arianna Huffington, the founder of the site, visited the YPU in the Fall of 2008 to argue in favor of the resolution “Resolved: Blogs are Good for Democracy,” she was so impressed with the student debate that the following semester she dedicated a portion of her site to blogging the debates of the Yale Political Union.