Minnesota Debate Team


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The Minnesota Debate Team has enjoyed enormous success over the past seven seasons, consistently ending each season ranked in the Top 25 by both the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) and the National Debate Tournament (NDT). The Gophers have qualified for the National Debate Tournament (the debate equivalent of the NCAA's "March Madness") each of the past six seasons. MDT members have performed well at both regional and national invitational tournaments, winning many competitions and garnering several individual speaker awards. The team will return over 20 students from last year's squad, and hopes to achieve even greater success in the upcoming season.

Participation in the Minnesota Debate Team is open to any UofM undergraduate student. The team boasts members who have little or no prior debate experience, in addition to students with an extensive background in competitive debate. All team members are required to register for one of the debate courses, COMM 1313-8 or COMM 3110-1. The MDT competes primarily in two-person policy style debate. The program's members also sponsor and organize a number of public debates featuring advocates and policy experts on important issues facing the University, our state and nation, and the world.

If you have any questions about the team, or are interested in joining, please contact our Director of Debate, Dr. David Cram Helwich at: helwi012@umn.edu or 651-307-6980. We are also working on writing a history of the debate program at the U, and invite our alumni to share any information, stories, or results from prior seasons.