International public debate stresses the importance of critical thinking, logical analysis, and accessible oratory.
The goal is not to confuse your opponents, nor is it to overwhelm them with technical details and a mountain of evidence. Rather, the object is to be persuasive by crafting reasonable arguments that are well articulated.
Students are given a choice of five topics each round. Each debater, in concert with their opponent, narrows the choices down to the one that they will debate. A debate can focus on contemporary political issues or timeless philosophical questions.
Students interested in more details related to international public debate are directed to the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) website, where they will find a wealth of information.