Our Programs

Worlds Debate

The global standard in collegiate debating, this four-team debate style is based on the British Parliament and is the format used at the annual World Universities Debating Championship.

Policy Debate

Face-paced, research intensive American cross-examination debate at its finest. Focusing on a single topic for the academic year, policy debaters examine every angle of a pressing issue.


Individual and dual speaking events covering the traditional forensics gamut, from dramatic interpretation to extemporaneous. Students perfect their speaking and presentation skills, bringing home the gold.

Spanish Debate

Using the Worlds style, Spanish speakers of all levels compete against students from around the U.S. and Latin America.


Students and staff share debating and public speaking skills with the larger Cornell community, from incarcerated students to local teens.

Campus Events

Student leaders support ciivil discourse across the Cornell campus by facilitating public debates on topics ranging from politics to morality.

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Latest news

ByLindsay Bing Oct 17, 2016

Policy and Worlds Take Home Gold at Rochester!

Policy & Worlds Take Home Gold at Rochester Both debate squads were out in force for the season opener at the University of Rochester in Sep

ByLindsay Bing Jun 8, 2016

CSDS goes to South Africa!

1 3 Cornell's Speech & Debate Society, led by ILR Senior Lecturer Sam Nelson and assistant Linds

ByLindsay Bing Jun 8, 2016

Inaugural Debate held at Auburn Correctional Facility

Director Sam Nelson, Coach Lindsay Bing and undergrad debate Rubin Danberg-Biggs worked tirelessly for the Spring semester to ready inmates at Au

ByDan Stoyell Apr 18, 2016

Cornell Breaks 4 Teams at National Championship

Pictured: Enting Lee, Adnan Muttalib, Kevin Kay, and Ankur Biswas in the octofinals Cornell sent 7 teams to the US Universities Debating Cham