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2014 CIDD British Debate Team Tours Nearly 30 U.S. Colleges

January 13, 2015

Organized by NCA’s Committee on International Discussion and Debate (CIDD), this year’s fall debate tour featured the first all–female British team. Alice Coombes Huntley and Kate Brooks crisscrossed the country as they debated teams on nearly 30 U.S. college campuses. CIDD promotes international understanding and the practice of communication through discussion and debates between students from the United States and other nations.

The team debated a wide range of propositions including giving the World Health Organization the power to close borders, “Title IV of the Civil Rights Act (desegregation of public education) has failed to fulfill its promise,” and “This house would amend the U.S. Constitution to forbid the involvement of religious organizations in the political process.” The team debated in front of audiences of all sizes; in at least one location, the crowd topped 1,000, not including online, radio, and television audiences.

Coombes Huntley and Brooks kept a blog about the tour. On it, they shared their impressions about everything from the vagaries of domestic U.S. air travel to the wonders of regional cuisine, and they provided details of each debate. Read the blog at The Quiet English Women.