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The competitive IU policy debate program is excited to announce that we will be hosting the 2013-2014 Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship and the National Debate Tournament Championship tournament in late March. The tournaments are the two oldest and most prestigious policy debate tournaments in the country. Our program will host 350-600 students, faculty members and graduate students from March 20th - April 1st.

We have already had a great start to the season after attending Georgia State University (Sept 20-23) and Wayne State (27-29). Sam Pilgrim (Freshmen) and Joe Galbreath (Sophomore) walked away with a 1st place win at the Wayne State Tournament as well as the Top speaker award. The topic for 2013-2014 is timely and important as it asks students whether the Executive's War Powers should be restricted by statutory or judicial means. Our team is young and driven with five freshmen and one sophomore filling the ranks of our varsity program. Follow our progress throughout the season by going to our results page!

iu debate team 2010-2011Would you like to help support collegiate debate at IU? Donate to our foundation account!

Help keep IU debate strong with a donation to our program. All funds will go into a foundation account specifically designated for the general use of the IU Bloomington competitive debate team.

Program Background:

Our program returned to national competitive debate scene in 2009. Evidence suggests that the pre-1994 era, spanning the long 190 year history of the University's existence, had Hoosiers boasting of great success in forensics and competitive debate. After a 17 year lull of debate, a group of motivated students along with John Graham, the Dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, helped to establish a coalition of the willing to revive a healthy culture of debate. With Support from SPEA, the Provost's office,the vice Provosts office, the College of Arts and Science, Communication and Culture, and the Kelley School of Business we are building a strong and enduring movement towards making IU a cornerstone of the global debate community.

Do YOU wish to join Hoosier debate? Click on the recruitment tab on the left of your screen. If you are a former IU debater from our past, please take the time to click on the Alumni project. News and tournament results will be posted periodically throughout the season.

What does a year of debate experience produce?

The answer is unparalleled public speaking experience, in-depth research, argumentation, and critical thinking skills. From start to finish, team members will have opportunities to deliver hundreds of speeches with expert judges and coaches. Furthermore, this linked video of debate coach reactions to the 2010-2011 immigration topic, is just a taste of the inevitable knowledge you can obtain after only one year of debate.



Indiana University

Brian DeLong SPEA #323 1315 E. Tenth Street Bloomington, IN 47405-1701
Phone: (812) 856-7585

Last updated: 27 March 2014
Comments: brdelong@indiana.edu