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From competing at parliamentary debate tournaments around the country to participating in paid public debates to doing volunteer work, Columbia Debate, the Parliamentary Debate Society of Columbia University, represents the best of Columbia’s student-run intiatives.
NAACP Public Debate against Howard University
On March 2nd, 2013, the NAACP hosted a public debate featuring members of Columbia Debate and Howard University at the First Corinthian Baptist Church at 116th and Adam Clayon Powell.
Columbia Debaters Katie Bentivoglio (CC’13), Rishab Guha (CC’15), Chris Meyer (CC’15) and Bernardo Sarmiento (CC’14) faced off against members of Howard’s Martin Luther King Jr. Forensics Programs in debates centering on gun control and New York’s “Stop and Frisk” policy. The event even received a Congressional mention.
World University Debate Championships 2012
This January, Columbia Debate sent 2 teams to the World Universities Debate Championships in Berlin, Germany. Team member Alex McHale advanced to the final round for Public Speaking.
The Huffington Post
In anticipation of the US Presidential Debates, the Huffington Post invited Columbia Debate team member Ilana Rice to discuss what makes a good argument. Click here for the video.