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.

CIDD Spring Tour Hosts Japan Debate Association

Every other spring semester, the NCA Committee on International Discussion and Debate (CIDD) collaborates with the Japan Debate Association (JDA) to celebrate debate in an intercultural dialogue, hosting debaters around the country. CIDD Chair John Rief, past CIDD Chair John Kephart, and Tour Coordinator Brianne Giese have created a multi-week debate tour, while also coordinating opportunities for the debaters to volunteer with local urban debate leagues. As part of the partnership, CIDD sends two debaters to Japan every other summer for a similarly organized tour by the JDA.

The selected debaters for the tour are often highly recognized in their local and national debate circuits and hold an interest (and often professional experience) in intercultural dialogue on various current events. This year, we are honored to host Kanaru Sato of the University of Tokyo and Takuya Higuchi of St. Paul’s University, at seven colleges and universities around the U.S.

The tour began on February 25 and ends on March 9. If you’re interested in attending a public debate or would like more information about the tour, visit

Tour Dates, Spring 2018

  • Weber State University: February 23-25
  • Randolph-Macon College: February 25-27
  • Duquesne University: February 27-March 1
  • University of Southern Mississippi: March 1-3
  • Howard Payne University: March 3-5
  • University of Southern California: March 5-7
  • California State University – Northridge: March 7-9

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.
  • Matthew Gerber (Baylor University)
  • John Kephart, III, Chair (California State University-Northridge)
  • Geoff Klinger (DePauw University)
  • Theodore Sheckels (Randolph-Macon College)
  • Brianne Giese, Tour Coordinator (Aurora University)