Public Forum Debate involves opposing teams of two, debating a topic concerning a current event. Proceeding a coin toss, the winners choose which side to debate (PRO or CON) or which speaker position they prefer (1st or 2nd), and the other team receives the remaining option.

Public Forum


In this one-on-one format, students debate a topic provided by the Association. Lincoln Douglas Debate topics range from individual freedom versus the collective good to economic development versus environmental protection.

A simulation of the U.S. legislative process in the Senate and the House, students generate a series of bills and resolutions for debate in Congressional Debate. Debaters (also referred to as Senators and Representatives) alternate delivering speeches for and against the topic in a group setting.


Speech Events

Pattern A- Mixed Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation, Informative Speaking, and Duo Interpretation

Pattern B- Humorous Interpretation, Original Oratory, Impromptu Speaking and Program Oral Interpretation

The Round Robin will be held Thursday, October 31st at the J. Wayne Reitz Union.

Applications for the Round Robin will be released on August 6, 2019 and will be due on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

Round Robin