Popular Collegiate Debate Tournament
Returns to UT Dallas Campus Jan. 6-8

January 5, 2007

Some of the best collegiate debaters in the country will convene on the campus of The University of Texas at Dallas this weekend to compete in the university’s fourth annual debate tournament. 

More than 100 teams from 32 states and the District of Columbia will participate in the popular UT Dallas event, making it the fifth largest regular season debate tournament in the country and the largest west of the Mississippi.  In all, more than 300 students, coaches and judges from across the nation are expected to attend.

UT Dallas, as host, will follow debate protocol and not enter a team in the competition.

Preliminary rounds will take place in numerous venues on the UT Dallas campus on Saturday, Jan. 6, and Sunday, Jan. 7.  Elimination rounds will take place on Monday, Jan. 8, at the Westin Park Central Hotel at LBJ Freeway and Coit Road in North Dallas.  Interested members of the public are invited to attend the sessions, which begin at approximately 8 a.m. each day.

In college debate, two teams, each composed of two students, face off on a general topic — one taking the affirmative position, the other the negative side.  The topic for the 2006-07 season involves overruling Supreme Court cases about abortion rights, enemy combatants, gender violence, federalism and school desegregation.  Last year’s tournament was won by a varsity team from The University of Oklahoma.

The 2006-2007 season has been the best ever for UT Dallas debate, which finished the fall semester tied for 12th with Northwestern in the varsity points rankings of the National Debate Tournament.

For more information about the tournament, please call the UT Dallas debate office at 972-883-4806.


Contact Jenni Huffenberger, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4431, jennib@utdallas.edu

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