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Featuring 16 teams from 10 countries, Professor of Philosophy Eric Barnes Eric Barnes opens the final round of the annual Hobart and William Smith Round Robin debate tournament on Saturday.

HWS Hosts International Debate Tournament

International_Debate_1Hobart and William Smith recently hosted the 2017 North American Universities Debating Championships (NAUDC), bringing together some of the world’s top collegiate debate teams for the largest debate tournament in the history of the Colleges.

The tournament, which was held Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 1, welcomed 144 teams from nearly 50 institutions for a total of more than 400 guests. Debates took place in venues across HWS, with the final round taking place on Sunday, Oct. 1 in Albright Auditorium.

“The HWS Debate Team is looking forward to hosting the largest North American Championship in history, and for the first time ever, we have teams joining us from Mexico at the championships,” said Assistant Debate Team Coach Steve Penner. “Our team has put in a lot of work in planning the event, and seeing it come together over the weekend is always fulfilling. HWS has a global reputation for hosting outstanding debate tournaments, and we know this will be no exception.”

Several alums served as adjudicators, including Adrian DeVuyst ’15, Emma Herbst ’17, Buzz Klinger ’12, Taylor Murray ’17 and Emily Saeli ’16.

Among this year’s NAUDC participants were Amherst College, Brown University, Colgate University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, University of Toronto (Hart House) and Yale University.

Earlier this year, HWS Debate hosted the annual Hobart and William Smith Round Robin, one of the most prestigious debate tournaments in the world.

Included among the HWS Debate Team’s most recent achievements are: winning the prestigious Hart House IV Championship, advancing to the elimination rounds at the Yale IV and the U.S. National Championships, competing in the final round of the highly competitive Colgate Open, winning the novice division of the Eastern U.S. Championships, and winning the open division of both the Brad Smith Invitational at the University of Rochester and the Cornell Inter-Varsity tournaments.

Additional HWS Debate news can be found here.

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