Public Forum

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. Students present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and also participate in a “crossfire” (similar to a cross-examination) with the opportunity to question the opposing team. Often, community members are recruited to judge this event.

Public Forum has a Octafinals bid in the Varsity Division.

There will be both a Varsity division and a Novice division of Public Forum. Public Forum will be using the NOVEMBER topic.

Public Forum will follow official NSDA Rules.

Resolved: The United States should require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfer of ownership.

Name: Garrett Moon


Flint Hall room 50* (FLI 50)

*Room FLI 50 is unavailable until 6:15pm on Friday, October 26, so we are asking that all Public Forum judges report to the check-in table that will be located directly in front of FLI 50 at 2:30pm on Friday to receive ballots for Round 1 and Round 2 of Public Forum.

Judges can relax in Library West or anywhere on the Plaza of the Americas lawn. Additionally, coffee and snacks will be available for Public Forum judges to grab from FLI 105 beginning at 3:00pm.

After 6:15pm on Friday, judges may relax and enjoy food in room FLI 50 for the remainder of Friday and Saturday. All judges will report to the Reitz on Sunday for elimination rounds.