WHO WE ARE

Welcome to the home of Columbia Debate, the official Parliamentary Debate Team of Columbia University in the City of New York!

We have a long history of success amongst intercollegiate debating societies in North America, and proudly represent Columbia University across the country and the world. The Columbia Debate Team is an institution dedicated to helping individuals express themselves, improve discourse, and enact positive change. Representing students with a wide variety of passions, our team is a home for thinkers of all backgrounds.

On this site you will find information on what we are all about. Use the navigation bar at the top of the page to find information about who the team is and how we are structured, how you can join us, and how to participate in either of the two tournaments we host throughout the year.

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THE 2017-2018 TEAM

 
TARONISH IRANI CC '18, Economics-Math

TARONISH IRANI

CC '18, Economics-Math

ADRIAN IVASHKIV CC '18, Philosophy

ADRIAN IVASHKIV

CC '18, Philosophy

RACHEL SOMMERS CC '18, Political Science, History, Russian Language & Culture

RACHEL SOMMERS

CC '18, Political Science, History, Russian Language & Culture

THOMAS STARTZ CC '18, FInancial Economics

THOMAS STARTZ

CC '18, FInancial Economics

SEBASTIAN STARTZ CC '18, Financial Economics

SEBASTIAN STARTZ

CC '18, Financial Economics

Katie Bogomolova CC '19, 

Katie Bogomolova

CC '19, 

CAMERON DAVIS CC '19, Economics & Political Science

CAMERON DAVIS

CC '19, Economics & Political Science

AARON SCHAFFER-NEITZ CC '19, Philosophy

AARON SCHAFFER-NEITZ

CC '19, Philosophy

MICHAEL PUSIC CC '19, Economics-Political Science

MICHAEL PUSIC

CC '19, Economics-Political Science

HANNAH HEALY CC '20, History & Economics-Political Science

HANNAH HEALY

CC '20, History & Economics-Political Science

HILARY SONG CC '20, Economics-Political Science

HILARY SONG

CC '20, Economics-Political Science

LIZA BUKINGOLTS Barnard '20, Economics

LIZA BUKINGOLTS

Barnard '20, Economics

CHIARA CARACCIO CC '20, Philosophy

CHIARA CARACCIO

CC '20, Philosophy

ANNA LU CC '20, Computer Science & Economics

ANNA LU

CC '20, Computer Science & Economics

NIV Skidan CC' 20, Math & Philosophy

NIV Skidan

CC' 20, Math & Philosophy

Nathan Lam CC' 20, Biochemistry

Nathan Lam

CC' 20, Biochemistry

MIA NICENKO CC '20, Applied Math & Art History

MIA NICENKO

CC '20, Applied Math & Art History

DAN DRISCOLL CC '20, English & Philosophy

DAN DRISCOLL

CC '20, English & Philosophy

MAX Neuman CC '20, Political Science

MAX Neuman

CC '20, Political Science

OLIVER WANG CC '20, Physics

OLIVER WANG

CC '20, Physics

MATT SIMONS CC '21, Economics & Math

MATT SIMONS

CC '21, Economics & Math

LEOPOLD ASCHENBRENN CC '21, Computer Science & Political Science

LEOPOLD ASCHENBRENN

CC '21, Computer Science & Political Science

DEBATE FORMAT

 

american Parliamentary debate

Parliamentary debate is an off-topic, extemporaneous form of competitive debate which stresses rigorous argumentation, logical analysis, quick thinking, breadth of knowledge, and rhetorical ability over preparation of evidence. The format pits two two-person teams against each other in a contest of argument, wit and rhetoric which roughly simulates debate in a House of Parliament. The Government (proposing) team prepares and presents a case for debate based on a topic or resolution announced only 15 minutes before the beginning of the round. The Opposition attempts to rebut the Government's proposal through counter-argument and refutation.  A different resolution is debated in every parliamentary debate round. Resolutions are chosen from a wide variety of political, philosophical, economic, cultural and humorous topics, and debaters often have a broad scope in which to define the specific case for debate which is drawn from the resolution. For more information on American Parliamentary Debate, visit APDA’s website at apdaweb.org.

british parliamentary debate

British Parliamentary Debate is an extemporaneous format practiced by over 30 countries around the world and is the official debate format of the prestigious World Universities Debating Championship. Each round of debate calls for four teams of two. The team’s goal is not just to win the debate for their side, but for their team by generating unique arguments and frameworks. Topics range across politics, philosophy, economics, and culture, and debaters are given 15 minutes to prepare for every round. British Parliamentary holds a heavy emphasis on both rhetorical style and logical argumentation, making it very enjoyable for the average spectator when conducted at the highest level. For more information on British Parliamentary Debate, see the WUDC Debating and Judging Manual.

 
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