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 Feb 22, 2017

Speech Sweeps Competition at New England Championships

Speech traveled to the New England Championships in Boston last weekend and blew away the competition, winning 1st place sweepstakes and dominat

ByEnTing Lee Feb 22, 2017

Policy Qualifies for National Debate Tournament

This weekend, the Policy squad sent teams to the Northeast Regional and the Northeast Districts tournament, happening simultaneously at Binghamto

ByEnTing Lee Feb 8, 2017

Speech Succeeds at State Championship

Over the weekend, the Speech team traveled to Long Island to attend the NY/NJ State Championship, sweeping awards in almost every category, inclu

ByEnTing Lee Feb 1, 2017

Policy Travels to Gotham Scrimmage

Policy debaters Lauren Luciani and Nicholas Tilmes traveled to New York City last weekend to compete in the Open Division of the Gotham Scrimmag