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Welcome to CDS: Columbia’s Official Parliamentary Debate Team

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WHAT WE DO

We regularly compete on both the American Parliamentary and British Parliamentary debate circuits. Our members are intellectually curious and have a passion for discussing a variety of topics. We also seek to bring debate into the mainstream Columbia community by hosting public events, and increase Columbia’s recognition in the national debate circuit by organizing our very own annual college tournament.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Team members are actively involved both on and off campus. Accomplished debaters coach at Columbia’s middle school and share important critical thinking skills and public speaking tips to young and aspiring students. We also partner with other universities and campus organizations to bring debates to the public.

TOURNAMENTS

CDS hosts three tournaments every year - the Jeff Williams Memorial College Tournament in American Parliamentary, the Columbia Invitational for high school students competing in Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Congress, and Speech events, and the Ivy League Parliamentary Championship. For more information, please visit the tournaments page in the navigation bar above.

 
 
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Our Leadership:

Meet the 2019-2020 Executive Board!

Zoë Ewing, President

Zoë Ewing, President

Liza Bukingolts, VP Finance

Liza Bukingolts, VP Finance

Grace Protasiewicz, VP Campus Affairs

Grace Protasiewicz, VP Campus Affairs

Varun Venkatesh, VP Public Affairs

Varun Venkatesh, VP Public Affairs

Max Neuman, VP Team Affairs

Max Neuman, VP Team Affairs

Matt Simons, Varsity Practice Director

Matt Simons, Varsity Practice Director

Hart Rapaport, Secretary

Hart Rapaport, Secretary

Emily Ringel, Team Liaison

Emily Ringel, Team Liaison

 
Catherine Zhu, Deputy of Public Affairs

Catherine Zhu, Deputy of Public Affairs

Devyani Goel, Deputy of Campus Affairs

Devyani Goel, Deputy of Campus Affairs

 
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