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Fall CIDD Tour Concludes

December 6, 2017

The 2017 NCA Annual Convention marked the final stop for the Fall British Debate Team Tour, co-sponsored by the Committee on International Discussion and Debate (CIDD) and the English-Speaking Union (ESU). The CIDD promotes international understanding and the practice of communication through discussion and debates between students from the United States and other nations. Since 1922, the CIDD program has worked 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 2017 tour continued this long tradition of excellence. British Debaters Becki Howarth and Richard Hunter traveled across the country, from New York to Los Angeles, Nebraska to New Orleans, with many stops in between, visiting a total of 20 college and university campuses in 12 states.

Highlights include:

E.N. Thompson Forum on World Events: As part of their visit to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the British Team participated in a public debate for the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Events, the marquee lecture series at Nebraska. Livestreamed and broadcast over public radio, the event boasted nearly 1,200 attendees for a debate on whether regulation of social media is necessary to protect democracy. 

Debate Education: At several stops, the British Debaters also visited classes on public speaking, argumentation, and intercultural communication, providing argument and public speaking workshops and engaging with students on a range of topics, from world affairs to culinary differences.

Working with Urban Debate Leagues: The British Team also completed workshops with urban debate programs in New York, New Jersey, and Los Angeles, working with multiple high schools in traditionally underserved communities.

Public Debates: Debate topics included free speech and hate speech, health care, public policy, popular culture, and civic virtue. The final two debates at the Annual Convention focused on the role of debate pedagogy in the legacy of NCA, and whether we should have a feminist political party in the United States.

Next up is a spring tour with the Japanese Debate Association.

Learn more about the CIDD tour here.