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

ByEnTing Lee Apr 11, 2017

Spring Break Success for Worlds Squad

The Worlds squad had a busy spring break, participating in the Colgate Open on the 1st and 2nd of April, and then in the HWS Round Robin on the 8

ByEnTing Lee Mar 27, 2017

Worlds Team Wins Empire Debates in NYC

The Worlds squad took 4 teams to New York City this weekend to compete at the Empire Debates, held at Kings College. The team of Ankur Biswas

ByEnTing Lee Mar 27, 2017

Policy Team Reaches Final Four at National Tournament

The Policy squad sent 4 teams to CEDA Nationals, the largest national policy tournament in the country. After multiple grueling preliminary round

ByEnTing Lee Feb 28, 2017

Worlds Squad Finals at Eastern Regionals

The Worlds squad headed to D.C. this weekend to debate at the US Universities Eastern Regional Championship. Spirits were high despite the eight-