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HWS Hosts World Debate

Second only to the World University Debate Championships in competitiveness, the 6th Annual HWS/IDEA Round Robin Invitational is the destination for top debating teams from across the globe, including four former World Champions and two additional debaters who have been ranked No. 1 in the world. This year’s tournament will be held from Thursday, April 5 to Saturday, April 7 on the HWS campus with the final debate held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.

“The HWS/IDEA Round Robin seems to be on a fast path to being seen as one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world,” says Barnes. “I hope our students and our community will take the opportunity to appreciate the fact that many of the best debaters in the world travel great distances just to compete at HWS.”

Representing the strongest debate programs in the world, this year’s 16 teams include Stanford, Yale, Cornell, University of Toronto, Oxford, Pretoria, University of Pretoria in South Africa, RV College of Engineering in India, Loyola Marymount, Tel Aviv University, UC Dublin, University of London, and Sydney University. In the past three years alone, 22 nations have been represented at the Round Robin Tournament. As hosts, HWS students are not allowed to compete.

“Some of the best debaters in the world are coming to campus for this tournament,” says HWS Debate Team Member Will McConnell ’12. “Even if we can’t compete in the tournament, it’s still a great experience. It’s nice to just meet other students and talk with them. They’re from all over the world-it’s a great opportunity.”

As the first and only round robin debate tournaments in the world, the Round Robin Invitational at HWS is also the only such competition to be co-sponsored through a partnership with the International Debate Education Association (IDEA). In keeping with the round robin tournament style, each team will have the chance to compete against each team only once – resulting in a high stakes, five-round debate.

In addition to the debate itself, Yale Law Professor Jules Coleman and Former President of the American Civil Liberties Union and New York Law Professor Nadine Strossen, two world renowned lecturers and legal scholars, will address the tournament attendees and the whole of the HWS community on April 5 and 6.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, April 5

7:30 – 9 p.m.: Keynote Lecture by Jules Coleman (Vandervort Room)

Friday, April 6

2 – 2:30 p.m.: Welcoming Remarks (Vandervort Room)
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Round One (Stern 117, 217, 303, and the Sanford Room)
4:45 – 6:15 p.m.: Keynote Lecture by Nadine Strossen (Vandervort Room)
8 – 10 p.m.: Round Two (Stern 201, 203, 204, and 303)

Saturday, April 7 

9 – 10:45 a.m.: Round Three (Stern 201, 203, 204, and 303)
11 – 12:30 p.m.: Round Four (Stern 201, 203, 204, and 303)
1:15 – 2:45 p.m.: Round Five (Stern 201, 203, 204, and 303)
3 – 3:15 p.m.: Finalist Teams & Final Round Motion Announced (Stern 103)
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Final Round (Vandervort Room)