Committee on International Discussion and Debate

Committee on International Discussion and Debate

NCA’s Committee on International Discussion and Debate (CIDD) promotes international understanding and the practice of communication through discussion and debates between students from the United States and other nations.

Generally, two students from another nation travel to the United States and visit host campuses throughout the country for discussion and debate with U.S. students.

Ongoing since 1922, the CIDD program strives to broaden the scope of international exchange, facilitate the international exchange of information and ideas, and reinforce the value of dialogue as a preferred means for resolving international and intercultural differences.

CIDD Fall 2018 Tour

This fall, NCA’s Committee on International Discussion and Debate (CIDD) is celebrating the 90th anniversary of British women on the tour. The 1928 British Women’s Debate Tour took place from November to December of that year, stopping at host institutions such as George Washington University, Bates College, and the University of Kentucky. The most popular debate resolutions on the tour were:

  • Resolved, that the popular reading of psychology is undermining morality.
  • Resolved, that democratic government appeals to prejudice rather than to reason.
  • Resolved, that the disadvantages of coeducation outweigh the advantages.

The 2018 fall tour will begin on September 30 and end at the NCA 104th Annual Convention in November. Two debaters from the United Kingdom will make 19 stops around the country speaking on an array of topics with U.S. debaters:

Méabh McMahon Flanagan has a Master in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews, and a First-Class Honours undergraduate degree in History and English from University College Cork. Méabh is also qualified in Conflict Mediation, having worked on the Glencree reconciliation program in Northern Ireland.

She has a long history of competitive debating, including winning the Queen’s University Belfast IV in 2016 as speaker, and she also has vast judging experience, including chairing out-rounds across Europe. Méabh is now moving toward a teaching role within debating and was an Oracy Coach at the ESU’s International Public Speaking Competition in May 2018, and an Oracy Coach again at the ESU Debate Academy in in August 2018. Méabh has taught debating to secondary school students through the ESU’s Discover Your Voice program and is highly invested in empowering young people to reach opportunities through debating.

Owen Mooney is a recent graduate in economics and economic and social history from the University of Glasgow. Speaking for the Glasgow University Union, he has won the Scottish, British, and European universities debating championships and 15 other competitions across Europe. He has also been the Chief Adjudicator of competitions in the UK, Ireland, the UAE, and Pakistan. Owen is an experienced debating and public speaking coach and has coached political campaigners, school students from a variety of backgrounds, and the GUU competitive debating squad for the past two years. He has also worked on British political campaigns, including during the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum.

Fall 2018 Tour Stops:

  • 9/30-10/2: Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • 10/2-10/4: Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  • 10/4-10/7: Oakton Community College, Skokie, IL
  • 10/7-10/9: University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
  • 10/9-10/10: Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA
  • 10/10-10/13: Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD
  • 10/13-10/15: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 10/15-10/17: The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • 10/17-10/19: University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
  • 10/19-10/21: Boyce College, Louisville, KY
  • 10/21-10/23: University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • 10/23-10/25: East Central University, Ada, OK
  • 10/25-10/27: West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX
  • 10/27-10/30: Webster University, Webster Groves, MO
  • 10/30-11/2: Dakota State University, Madison, SD
  • 11-2-11/4: New Roads School, Santa Monica, CA
  • 11/4-11/6: Pierce College, Woodland Hills, CA
  • 11/6-11/8: California State University-Northridge, Northridge, CA
  • 11/8-11/10: NCA 104th Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, UT

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.
  • John Rief, Chair (Duquesne University)
  • Matthew Gerber (Baylor University)
  • Ruth Beerman (Randolph-Macon College)
  • John Kephart III (California State University-Northridge)
  • Brianne Giese, Tour Coordinator (Aurora University)