Summer/Fall 2021 Contact

All listed times on this site are Pacific Time.

Zoom contact for all meetings:
Topic: CCDU Meetings – Summer/Fall 2021
Meeting ID: 873 673 7540
Passcode: CCDU2021

There are 3 tracks to help guide your decisions about events to attend:
Track A – For those new to debating
Track B – For those experienced in other debate formats and new to the BP and SJD formats
Track C – For returning members of the Debate Union

Orientation/Information Sessions

Orientation/Information sessions for those unfamiliar with the Debate Union. Attend any of the following orientation/information sessions to learn about opportunities for intercollegiate debating, professional communication, educational outreach, and participating for course credit:

Friday, August 6, 7:00-7:45 PM (Track A, B)
Monday, August 9, 7:00-7:45 PM (Track A, B)
Sunday, August 15, 3:00-3:45 PM (Track A, B)
Tuesday, August 31, 8:00-8:45 PM (Track A, B)
Monday, September 6, 2:00-2:45 PM (Track A, B)
Monday, September 20, 7:00-7:45 PM (Track A, B)

Thursday, September 23, 8:00-8:45 PM (Track A, B)
Monday, September 27, 7:00-7:45 PM (Track A, B)

Competitive Debate Format Training – BP format/Debate Demonstration

Learn the British Parliamentary impromptu debate format (majority of debate opportunities are in this format):

August 9, 8:00-9:00 PM (Track B)
August 18, 8:00-9:00 PM (Track B)
Sunday, September 5, 4:00-5:00 PM (Track B)

August 11, 6:00-7:00 PM (Track A)
Sunday, September 5, 2:00-3:00 PM (Track A)

Thursday, September 23, 6:00-7:00 PM (Track A, B)
Monday, September 27, 7:45-8:45 PM (Track A, B)

Demonstration Debate
August 11, 7:00-7:45 PM (Track A, B)
Format demo – Topic: This House believes that US military withdrawal from Afghanistan does more harm than good.
Attend any practice after September 1 for a debate demonstration

Debate Instruction Workshops (BP)

Tuesday, September 7, 7:00-7:55 PM (Track A, B) – Public Speaking for Debate, Argumentation (ARESR), Topic Categorization and Interpretation
Monday, September 13, 6:00-6:55 PM (Track A, B) – Public Speaking for Debate, Argumentation (ARESR), Topic Categorization and Interpretation
Monday, September 13, 7:00-7:55 PM (Track A, B, C) – Counterplanning
Tuesday, September 21, 9:00-9:55 PM (Track A, B, C) – Public Speaking for Debate, Argumentation (ARESR), Topic Categorization and Interpretation
Thursday, September 23, 4:15-5:10 PM (Track A, B, C) – Counterplanning
Thursday, September 23, 5:15-6:00 PM (Track A, B, C) – Public Speaking for Debate, Argumentation (ARESR), Topic Categorization and Interpretation
Sunday, September 26, 2:00-2:55 PM (Track A, B, C) – Critiquing
Sunday, September 26, 3:00-3:55 PM (Track A, B, C) – Writing a Case
Sunday, September 26, 4:00-4:55 PM (Track A, B, C) – Counterplanning

Debate Practice (BP format)

All practices will use impromptu topics, although the difficulty of the motion will be set by the experience level of participants.
Register for a Fall 2021 practice debate slot with an email to Maya Kurkhill,

Practice Times; effective September 27 (please use prior announced times for this week). Practice is scheduled for 1:45 hours. Please be on time for sufficient time for the debate and comprehensive feedback.
Mondays, 3:00 PM and 4:45 PM
Tuesdays, 8:15 PM
Wednesdays, 4:45 PM and 6:30 PM

Sample motions for previous Fall 2021 practice debates
This House believes that reality television does more harm than good.
This House would substantially restrict First Amendment free speech.
This House would lower the voting age to 16.
This House would abolish the Olympic Games.
This House believes that it is unethical to have children.
This House believes that it is unethical to use Facebook.

Competitive Debate (SJD format)

Learn the Social Justice prepared topic debate format (8-12 tournaments annually in several aligned formats, including Social Justice Debates, Lafayette Debates, Society of Professional Journalists Debates,  International Humanitarian Law Debates, and other tournaments using the original and modified SJD format):

August 18, 7:00-8:00 PM (Track A, B, C)
Sunday, September 5, 3:00-4:00 PM (Track A, B, C)
Training for forthcoming SJD debating – TBD week of September 27

Debate Outreach – Judge Certification (PDP format)

Learn the Debate Union’s proprietary debate outreach format for middle schooling high school debating. Used nationally and internationally. Learn the format, 2021 rubric, and updated judging norms for in-person and online debating. All PDP judges must complete certification for eligibility for competitive judging. All Debate Union members interested in outreach support (workshops, summer instruction opportunities, etc. must satisfactorily complete certification).

Thursday, September 9, 6:00-7:15 PM

Online –
Please view the presentation on the PDP format, judge certification for the 2021 PDP championships, and download the accompanying documents on rules, rubrics, judging.

Congratulations – Asante Africa/Accelerated Learning in the Classroom Program

Congratulations to the Asante Africa Foundation, a non-profit educational organization working with teachers and students in rural Tanzania and Kenya. The organization uses the Debate Union’s Public Debate Program to accelerate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in the classroom. More than 45,000 students and hundreds of teachers have participated in programming.