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HWS host International Debate

Facilitating great debating and recognizing the skills and accomplishments of great debaters and adjudicators, the HWS Debate Team has again partnered with the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) for the 4th Annual Round Robin Invitational.

On Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3, the HWS Debate Team and IDEA will host 16 world-class debate teams, who will compete for the coveted title of tournament champion. Previous winners include teams from Oxford, Harvard and Yale.

According to the Round Robin mission statement, the aim of the Invitational is “to bring together an elite and internationally diverse group of debaters and adjudicators each year for a weekend of debate at the highest level. The tournament will be held in the WUDC debate format, set up in a unique pre-paired round robin, ensuring that every team debates against every other team exactly once in the preliminary rounds.”

“It’s going to be another strong field of international teams competing in a high level of debate,” says Buzz Klinger ’12, transportation coordinator for the Invitational.  “This tournament showcases some of the best teams in the world.”

This year’s participants include: Athens University (Greece), Bates College, Cambridge University (England), Carleton University (Canada), Ljubljana University (Slovenia), McGill University (Canada), Queen’s University (Canada), Rhodes University (South Africa), Swarthmore College, Sydney University (Australia), Tel Aviv University (Israel), Trinity College Historical Society (Ireland), Underwood International College (South Korea), University of British Columbia (Canada), University of Vermont and Yale University.

This year’s prizes include at least $1,700 in cash to the winners and finalists, trophies and an awards banquet at The Cobblestone Restaurant.

“I look forward to this tournament the entire year. I am so excited to see how far it has come in just my four years here with the HWS debate team,” say Julie Boardman-Brann ’10, Debate Team Development Officer and Equity Officer of the Round Robin Invitational. “The HWS/IDEA Round Robin is one of the best events that will happen on campus all year, so I advise everyone, whether they know a lot or just a little about debate, to come watch some of the best debaters in the world.”

The schedule for the debate, which unless otherwise noted will be held in Stern Hall, is as follows:

  • Round #1…………………………………..5:15 p.m. on Friday
  • Round #2…………………………………..8:30 p.m. on Friday
  • Round #3…………………………………..9 p.m. on Saturday
  • Round #4………………………………….11 a.m. on Saturday
  • Round #5…………………………………..1:20 p.m. on Saturday
  • CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND (in the Vandervort Room)……………3:30 p.m. on Saturday