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.

The Committee on International Discussion and Debate (CIDD) of the National Communication Association (NCA) is delighted to announce the return of the British Tour of the United States for Fall 2021.

This year's tour will take place virtually across the United States, providing communities and students with the ability to connect with debaters representing the English Speaking Union (ESU) and continue our tour's rich tradition of cross-cultural dialogue. As a result of the virtual nature of this year's tour, hosting fees are waived.

We are currently asking hosts interested in learning more about hosting to complete a short interest form: 2021 CIDD British Virtual Tour: Host Interest. We ask that you indicate your interest by completing the interest form before Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Indicating interest is not a commitment to host but rather a request to receive additional information as it becomes available.

Questions related to the tour can be sent to Brianne DiPasquantonio, Program 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 (Randolph-Macon College)
  • Rebecca Dorhman, Chair (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Brianne DiPasquantonio, Program Coordinator (Aurora University)
  • John Koch (Vanderbilt University)
  • Kenneth Newby (Morehouse College)