The Chicago Debate Society is the parliamentary debate team of the University of Chicago. We compete on the American Parliamentary Debate Association and British Parliamentary Debate circuits and send debaters to tournaments almost every weekend. CDS has consistently met tremendous success on APDA, qualifying teams to Nationals every year and routinely winning Speaker and Team Awards at tournaments. Additionally, we are offering BP opportunities for the first time this year. We welcome prospective members of all experience levels to drop by our practices every Wednesday at 6pm, Thursday at 6pm, and Sunday at 2pm in Cobb. For more information, please browse this website or direct any questions to our friendly officer board.

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George Washington

Congratulations to Jay Gibbs and Drew Harrington for making it to varsity finals at George Washington University’s tournament last weekend! Jay also received 10th varsity speaker!


A very big congratulations to Gregory Wong and Jack Votava who broke to finals at Loyola University's British Parliamentary tournament this weekend! Jack and Gregory also placed first and second varsity speaker, respectively. Great job!

Columbia University

CDS had a great showing at Columbia University this weekend! Jay Gibbs and Drew Harrington reached varsity semifinals and Jay won 3rd varsity speaker! Andrew Kao & Adi Ram and Zachary Lemonides & Patrick Monaghan broke to varsity quarterfinals. Great job to everyone who competed!

Wheaton College

A HUGE congratulations to Patrick Monaghan and Davis Larkin for winning the British Parliamentary tournament at Wheaton this weekend. They both also tied for first varsity speaker!

Smith College

Great job to everyone who represented CDS at Smith College this weekend! Jay & Drew and Fred & Zach broke to quarterfinals! Jay also received 5th varsity speaker and Drew 7th. Jay and Drew are also currently in first place for APDA Team of the Year!! Congratulations!

William & Mary

CDS had another great showing at William & Mary last weekend, with Jay Gibbs and Drew Harrington reaching varsity finals! Jay also received 5th speaker, Drew won 8th speaker and Adi Ram won 10th speaker. Congrats!

The University of Virginia

A huge congratulations to Jay C. Gibbs and Drew Harrington for winning the first APDA tournament of the season at UVA! And another congratulations to Drew for winning 10th varsity speaker. CDS opened the debate season strong!