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 for International Discussion and Debate of the National Communication Association is proud to announce the Spring 2020 Japanese National Debating Team Tour, which will take place in February-March 2020. We are currently seeking US colleges, universities, and community organizations to host the two debaters selected by the Japan Debate Association (JDA).

Approximate Dates: February 20, 2020 to March 16, 2020

Fees: Hosting fees support travel and coordination costs incurred by the tour. The hosting fee for a single school or organization is $800.00. Two or more coordinating schools in close geographical vicinity may qualify for a discount (see volume discounts below). Hosts must provide, at minimum, suitable lodging, meals, and local transportation.

Deadline: Applications are due by Sunday, December 15, 2019.

How to Apply: To apply to host the team, please enter all information into our online submission form:
Submitting an application indicates your preliminary commitment to host on the tour.

Timeline of Tour Planning

  • Monday, December 16, 2019: CIDD will confirm application status with all schools via email
  • Mid to Late December 2019: CIDD will begin drafting a tour schedule including all approved applications
  • Mid to Late December 2019: CIDD will email hosts with a draft of the tour schedule for review
  • Late December 2019 to early January 2020: CIDD will finalize tour schedule and begin making travel accommodations
  • January 2020: Hosts will receive travel information, invoices, host contracts, and debater bios via email
  • Mid to late February 2020: Tour will begin

Please consider conflicts with university holidays, other major events on your campus before submitting your application, and any needs regarding particular days of the week including the inability to host on weekends. For example, if you need a particular night for hosting your exhibition debate, note that in the form (example: the exhibition debate needs to occur on an evening Mon-Thurs). The tour will include both weekdays and weekends; preference will be given to applications who indicate they would like to host during part or all of the weekend.

Suggestions for Prospective Hosts: It is expected that all hosts will hold at least one public exhibition debate. Previous hosts have:

  • Hosted the debate in conjunction with a major campus or community event, such as “International Week,” alumni events, or symposiums.
  • Featured the Japanese debaters in guest lectures, presentations, or question and answer periods with classes on intercultural communication, debate, rhetoric, Japanese culture, or Japanese language courses.
  • Taken their guests to major (or minor) attractions of cultural or historical significance.
  • Sought opportunities for visiting debaters to interact with students, alumni, and local dignitaries.

Before the tour commences, we will provide an informational hosting packet with a hosting contract, debater bios, possible debate topics, and other details. We will ask hosts to provide a projected itinerary (so we can help other hosts schedule time for breaks, laundry, and other essential needs) and copies of promotional materials. Hosts will also be expected to provide feedback about event attendance and academic/programmatic impact to CIDD at the conclusion of the visit.

Volume Discounts: Multiple tour stops in adjacent communities reduce overall travel costs and allow hosts to economize through collaboration. If there are other potential hosts in close geographic proximity (in other words, close enough that movement from school to school can be done by ground transportation at the host school’s expense) coordinating schools or organizations may be eligible for a discounted hosting fee. We offer $100 discounts for two coordinating schools and a $200 discount for three or more coordinating schools in a geographic area. To qualify for the discounted fee, ground transportation between coordinating schools must be provided. For example, if Northwestern, Loyola-Chicago, and Roosevelt University in Chicago decide to host in succession, each school would submit an application and pay a $600 hosting fee.

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)