THE IRISH NATIONAL DEBATE CHAMPIONS
The Claremont Colleges Debate Union is pleased to sponsor a public debate in the traditional parliamentary format, featuring the Irish National Champions and award-winning students from the Debate Union.
Parliamentary debating has long been a vital part of competitive academic debating. Based loosely on the historic deliberative discussion of the British House of Commons, parliamentary debate is lively, witty, and audience-oriented. Unlike other forms of public or competitive debate, there are no prepared speeches, argument briefs, or quotations read in parliamentary debates. The debaters speak extemporaneously on a topic announced a few minutes prior to the event. Humor, passion, and persuasiveness are important elements in parliamentary debating, in addition to insightful argumentation. The debates are usually engaging and entertaining, with cheers, jeers, and clever heckles from the audience as a welcome part of the form.
The Claremont Colleges Debate Union is among the most successful competitive intercollegiate debate programs, ranking in the top ten in the nation for each of the past five years. This year's parliamentary debaters received honors at international tournaments at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, in addition to first place at the Pacific Cup Championship. Debaters also finished in first place at the National Round Robin Championship Debates, an event featuring the top twelve debate teams in the United States, selected from more than 150 participating colleges and universities.
Please join us for what promises to be an informative and entertaining event.