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.

Wheaton College 
Arrive: Sunday, February 23 
Depart: Tuesday, February 25 
Duquesne University
(Co-Host with Slippery Rock University)
Arrive: Tuesday, February 25
Depart: Thursday, February 27
Slippery Rock University
(Co-Host with Duquesne University)
Arrive: Thursday, February 27
Depart: Saturday, February 29
University of Georgia
Arrive: Saturday, February 29
Depart: Monday, March 2
Randolph-Macon College
Arrive: Monday, March 2
Depart: Wednesday, March 4
Baylor University
Arrive: Wednesday, March 4
Depart: Friday, March 6
University of Southern Mississippi
Arrive: Friday, March 6
Depart: Sunday, March 8
University of Denver
Arrive: Sunday, March 8
Depart: Tuesday, March 10
Pierce College
(Co-Host with CSU-Northridge)

Arrive: Tuesday, March 10
Depart: Thursday, March 12
(Co-Host with Pierce College)
Arrive: Thursday, March 12
Depart: Saturday, March 14
University of Utah
Arrive: Saturday, March 14
Depart: Tuesday, March 17


Inquiries about the tour should be directed to Matt Gerber, CIDD Chair at, or Brianne Giese, Tour Coordinator, at

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.
  • Ruth Beerman, Chair (Randolph-Macon College)
  • John Rief (Duquesne University)
  • Matthew Gerber (Baylor University)
  • Rebecca Dorhman (Maryville University)
  • Brianne Giese, Program Coordinator (Aurora University)