The University of Colorado is hosting a debate on the death penalty at 7 p.m. Friday.

The debate, titled "Should the U.S. Support the Death Penalty?" is organized by Boulder-based Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought. The conversation will be between CU classics professor E. Christian Kopff and Monsignor Stuart Swetland of Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland.

The Aquinas Institute regularly explores a relevant and often times controversial subject in its annual Great Debate, according to a news release.

The debate is free to students. Non-student tickets are $5. The debate will be held in the Mathematics Building, room 100, on the Boulder campus. For more information: