Cornell Speech & Debate Society
Home to Cornell University's Official Competitive Speech and Debate Team

Policy Debate

Fast-paced, critical discourse at its finest.

Worlds Debate

The fastest-growing international parliamentary debate format.


Competitive individual public speaking across the U.S.

Spanish-Language Debate

Cornell is currently the reigning Pan-American Spanish-Language Debate Champion.

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Policy Debate

Policy debate is among the oldest debate formats in the U.S. It's fast-paced, content-heavy and prioritizes critical argument over rhetorical flourish.

Worlds Debate

Worlds debate, or British Parliamentary, is the four-team, limited preparation debate format used at the World Universities Debating Championship.


The Speech team competes regionally and nationally in a variety of events ranging from extemporaneous to oratory.


CSDU staff and students spread speech and debate though community engagement, prison-education and public school programs.

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Recent News

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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 September. Varsity Policy debaters Gabby...


CSDS goes to South Africa!

1 3 Cornell's Speech & Debate Society, led by ILR Senior Lecturer Sam Nelson and assistant Lindsay Bing, traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa May 20 to facilitate a debate and leadership...


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 Auburn Correctional Facility for their first ever show-debate against...


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 Championship, held at Morehouse College April 9-11. The...


Cornell Wins It All at North American Women’s Championship!

The Cornell World’s Debate Team sent its most talented women, and some very supportive men, to bring home the gold at the North American Women’s Debating Championship at the University...