Stanford Debate Society

Stanford Debate Novices at APDA Nationals

Stanford Debate Novices at Nationals 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Stanford Debate Society participates in a variety of different debate events on campus, throughout the United States, and across the globe. We are active on the intercollegiate circuits of APDA (American Parliamentary Debate Association) and NDT (National Debate Tournament). We compete at the World Debate Championships (British Parliamentary style). We also bring debate to the campus and greater Stanford community by engaging in public debates on various issues. Each year we hold both the Stanford Invitational high school tournament and the Stanford National Forensic Institute summer speech & debate camp for the benefit of high school speakers and debaters nationwide.

Our team is composed of approximately 50 undergraduate and graduate Stanford students interested in debate (no prior experience necessary). Team members coach, plan the schedule of competitions, and run the program, although Director of Debate Rich Boltizar guides the program and organizes events and fundraisers.

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If you have any questions please direct them to the relevant people listed in the roster.