Student Initiatives

The Institute for Freedom & Community is proud to support a variety of independent activities on campus that are furthering the values of free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues.  If you would like your organization or project to be featured on this page, or are interested in applying for IFC funding, please contact us.


Rebuttal is the first debate-style publication at St. Olaf College through which students can publish original work, read the work of peers, and challenge their beliefs.  Visit the link above to learn more!

The Prophet podcast

The Prophet, hosted by Iain Carlos ’20 and Jack O’Hara ’20, is a podcast aimed at facilitating student dialogue about various topics of intellectual interest. By conversing in good faith with students from a variety of personal and academic backgrounds, The Prophet hopes to find answers to important questions. Episodes of The Prophet consist of long-form, face-to-face conversations through which the hosts’ and guests’ views are examined vigorously but also civilly.

St. Olaf Debate Team

The St. Olaf Debate Team participates in Parliamentary debate, a competition where debaters must argue both sides of a variety of current political issues. The team meets twice a week to study current affairs, logical argumentation, and speaking styles before exercising our debating skills in practice rounds.  All participants stand to benefit from increased public speaking skills, intellectual activity, and entering the world of political thought.