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.

Capital University 
(Co-Host with Otterbein University)

Arrive: Sunday, October 13
Depart: Tuesday, October 15
Otterbein University
(Co-Host with Capital University)

Arrive: Tuesday, October 15
Depart: Thursday, October 17
University of Texas - El Paso
Arrive: Thursday, October 17
Depart: Sunday, October 20
West Texas A&M University
Arrive: Sunday, October 20
Depart: Tuesday, October 22
University of North Texas
Arrive: Tuesday, October 22
Depart: Thursday, October 24
University of Utah
Arrive: Thursday, October 24
Depart: Saturday, October 26
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Arrive: Saturday, October 26
Depart: Monday, October 28
Mt. San Antonio College
Arrive: Monday, October 28
Depart: Wednesday, October 30
Florida State University
Arrive: Wednesday, October 30
Depart: Friday, November 1
Randolph-Macon College
(Co-Host with University of Lynchburg and University of Richmond)

Arrive: Friday, November 1
Depart: Tuesday, November 5
University of Lynchburg
(Co-Host with Randolph-Macon College and University of Richmond)

Arrive: Tuesday, November 5
Depart: Thursday, November 7
University of Richmond 
(Co-Host with University of Lynchburg and Randolph-Macon College)

Arrive: Thursday, November 7
Depart: Saturday, November 9
Duquesne University
(Co-Host with Bloomsburg University)

Arrive: Saturday, November 9
Depart: Tuesday, November 12
Bloomsburg University
(Co-Host with Duquesne University)

Arrive: Tuesday, November 12
Depart: Thursday, November 14
NCA 105th Annual Convention: Baltimore, MD
Arrive: Thursday, November 14
Depart: Saturday, November 16


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)