Seniors Kegan Ferguson and Ari Hoffman arrived at the District 5 National Debate Tournament qualification tournament as a bubble team. While they had accumulated a strong resume in the fall and spring semesters, there was no guarantee that if they failed to qualify out of districts they would receive an at-large bid to attend the NDT. It turns out, they didn't need it. The duo outlasted their competitors from Northwestern, Michigan, and Michigan State to be crowned D5 champions, an IU first.
We are IU Debate
IU debate is a leading nationally competitive intercollegiate debate team. Undergraduates, with extensive research, preperation and coaching travel the country and debate against the nation's best and brightest. The program is dedicated to advancing the culture of debate on the IUB campus through public debate, curriculum development, and our high school debate outreach efforts.
We are proud to represent IUB as a collaborative effort of The School of Public and Environmental Affairs, The College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education. With their support we seek to use competitive debate to develop ethical, critically minded, and well-rounded leaders of academia, the nation and the world.
IU debate will be the hosts the 2020 High School National Debate Coaches Association National Championships. The program also made history in hosting both the College National Debate Tournament and the Cross Examinational Debate Association in 2014.
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