Committee on International Discussion and Debate

CIDD 2015The Committee on International Discussion and Debate promotes international understanding and the practice of communication through discussion and debates between students from the United States and other nations.

2015 CIDD British Debate Tour Dates 

9/27-9/28   Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA 
9/28-9/30   Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA 
9/30-10/1  Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA 
10/1-10/3  Linfield College, McMinnville, OR 
10/3-10/6  University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 
10/6-10/8  East Central University, Ada, OK 
10/8-10/10  University of North Texas, Denton, TX 
10/14-10/16  West Texas A&M University, Amarillo, TX 
10/16-10/18  Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN 
10/18-10/20  Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA 
10/20-10/22  University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA 
10/22-10/25  Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA 
10/25-10/27  The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 
10/27-10/29  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 
10/29-11/1  Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV 
11/1-11/3  University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 
11/3-11/5  Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 
11/5-11/8  Colgate University, Hamilton, NY        
11/8-11/10  Chesapeake Community College, Wye Mills, MD 
11/10-11/12  University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 
11/12-11/141  California State University-Northridge, Northridge, CA 
11/14-11/16  Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 
11/16-11/19  Dakota State University, Madison, SD 
11/20  NCA’s 101st Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV  

Successful 2014 CIDD British Debate Tour Concludes at NCA in Chicago    

After jetting coast-to-coast to debate on almost thirty college campuses, British debaters Alice Coombes Huntley and Kate Brooks (below, with CIDD chair Carly Woods) concluded their whirlwind CIDD tour of the U.S. with a debate at the NCA 100th Annual Convention in Chicago. From community colleges in Maryland and California to some of the largest universities in the world at Penn State and the University of Nebraska, this British debate team (the first all-female CIDD team) wowed audiences large and small with their debating prowess and considerable charm. Read about their impressions of the U.S. tour at their blog, The Quiet English Women.

CIDD Debaters 


Past CIDD Tours:

The 2014 CIDD British Debate Tour

9/28-9/30          Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA
9/30-10/2          Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
10/2-10/4          University of Denver, Denver, CO
10/4-10/6          East Central University, Ada, OK
10/6-10/8          Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
10/8-10/10        West Texas A&M University, Amarillo, TX
10/10-10/12       University of North Texas, Denton, TX
10/12-10/14       Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
10/14-10/15       Chesapeake Community College, Wye Mills, MD
10/15-10/17       Prince Georges' Community College, Largo, MD
10/17-10/19       George Washington University, Washington, DC
10/19-10/21       Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA
10/21-10/23       Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA
10/23-10/27       University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
10/27-10/29       The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
10/29-10/31       Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
10/31-11/3         University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
11/3-11/6           Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
11/6-11/9           Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
11/9-11/11         University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
11/11-11/13       St. Leo University, St. Leo, FL
11/13-11/15       St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
11/15-11/18       University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
11/18-11/20       DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
11/20                NCA 100th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL 


To learn about the latest CIDD sponsored debate tour in Japan, click here. 

Coverage of the Fall 2013 British Debate Tour 

Davis & Elkins College Debate Coverage -- Click Here 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Debate Coverage -- Click Here
 /uploadedImages/Convention_and_Events/Other_Events/british-debate.jpgPenn State University Debate Announcement -- Saturday November 9th at 5 p.m.  -- Click Here  

University of North Texas -- Debate Introduction Prezi Presentation
Irvine Valley College Debate Coverage-- Click Here  

About CIDD 

Specific objectives of the CIDD program are to:

  1. Broaden the scope of international educational and cultural exchanges by providing a channel for the exchange of ideas and attitudes among students and young people in America and throughout the world;
  2. Make possible informal meetings among students, college and university personnel, and the general citizenry of participating countries;
  3. Facilitate the exchange of information and ideas about the educational systems of the countries involved;
  4. Reinforce the importance of dialogue as a preferred means for resolving international and intercultural differences; 
  5. Maintain and enhance the ties between the National Communication Association and forensics organizations, forensics programs, and their sponsoring academic departments throughout the United States; and
  6. Provide opportunities to enhance an understanding and appreciation of the discipline of communication both in other nations and in the United States.

CIDD Leadership
John Kephart, III (California State University-Northridge)
Wayne Kraemer, Chair (Texas State University)
Theodore Sheckels (Randolph-Macon College)
Carly Woods (University of Nebraska)