The Phi Kappa Literary Society is a debate society at the University of Georgia. We meet every academic Thursday at Phi Kappa Hall on North Campus at 7 p.m.

All with an insatiable appetite for knowledge and oratory are welcome.


Should the University System of Georgia repeal its ban on tobacco products?


Join the historic Phi Kappa Literary Society as we debate BIHR: The University System of Georgia should repeal its ban on tobacco products.

This is a current event that affects hundreds of thousands of students across the state, not just at UGA. It’s a topic that’s been widely discussed on our campus, other Georgia campuses, and it has even appeared in an article on the front page of the New York Times. All tobacco products, even e-cigarettes, are to be banned as of October 1st. Is this right? Will it be enforced? Are the changed too sudden and too broad? We all have experiences walking through clouds of smoke in the breezeway of the MLC. We know you have opinions. We do too. Come talk about it in Phi Kappa Hall this Thursday at 7 p.m. Guest participation in the debate is not required, however it is encouraged. Please come early as seats will be limited.


BIHR: Nostalgia is futile.

This Thursday’s meeting will be a little bit different. Members of the Phi Kappa Literary Society will be trying out for the Intrasociety Debate team. The Intrasociety Debate pits actives against alumni, so this year’s team must have sharp tongues, quick wits, and keen minds. Join us this Thursday to hear some fantastic speeches.

We will also be having a second debate which both members and guests can participate in: BIHR: Nostalgia is futile. 

The Intrasociety tryouts lineup is as follows: 

BIHR: Marriage is an outdated institution
Affirm: Sister Henry
Negate: Sis. La Mantia

BIHR: Affirmative action should be discontinued
Affirm: Brother Banton
Negate: Sister Pekala

BIHR: Presidential elections should be publicly financed
Affirm: Sister Kue
Negate: Andrew Plaskowsky


Is identity based more on your actions or your beliefs?

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. in Phi Kappa Hall to debate with us! 


Is torture an acceptable tool in the interrogation of terrorists?


Please come and join the Phi Kappa Literary Society this Tursday, September 11, at 7 pm in Phi Kappa Hall as we debate whether or not torture is an acceptable tool in the interrogation of terrorists.

President Obama recently came out and said that the U.S. “crossed a line” with the use of torture in the investigations after 9/11. Though he asks us to remember the fear and panic that the government and American people felt after the 9/11 attacks, reports have stated that the use of torture lasted long after 9/11. Where is the line between national security and war crimes? Can torture be morally justified?

Come to the hall this Thursday, and tell us what YOU think. 


Is the NRA an obstacle to responsible gun control?


Join the members of the Phi Kappa Literary Society this Thursday at 7 pm as we debate whether or not the National Rifle Association, or NRA, is an obstacle to responsible gun control. We have enjoyed an abundance of guests in recent meetings, and we always enjoy hearing your opinions! Come out and let yourself be heard. We love having guests in our hall.

Remember, guests are encouraged, but not required, to speak.