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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We'd like to congratulate our team on a very successful showing at Williams this past weekend! We won 6 debate speaker awards, and had 3 teams break into elimination rounds. Congratulations to Josh Zakharov for winning 10th novice speaker, Ellis Soodak for winning 9th novice speaker, Andrew Harrington for winning 6th novice speaker, Madi Norman for winning 4th novice speaker, Jay C. Gibbs for winning 3rd novice speaker, and Liya Khan for winning 5th Varsity Speaker! On top of their speaker awards, we'd also like to congratulate Ellis and Josh for being novice finalists, and to Andrew Hamilton and Daniel Goynatsky, and to Liya and Madi for being varsity quarterfinalists!
Great job to Emma and Andrew for Semi-Finaling, and to Emma and Sarthak for winning speaker awards!
Great job to Emma and Paul for Semi-Finaling out of a field of over 200 competitors!
CUNY and Brown Results
Another great weekend for the Chicago Debate Society- after our strong showing this weekend we made top ten schools nationally for the first time in three years. Thank you to all the debaters who made this possible!
Semifinals: Emma and Andrew
Winners: Eitan, Ellis, Ethan, and Chad
7th Speaker: Vanessa
Moody Bible Results
Congrats to the entire Chicago Debate Society for our showing at Moody Bible this weekend. We were the top team at the tournament, and earned a total of 62 nats qual point this weekend.
1st Sam Lewis and Patrick Monaghan
2nd Jakob Urda and Danny Goynatsky
3rd Sagar Tikoo and Eric Greenberg
4th Nick Liu and Jack Kurila
5th Sarthak Agrawal and Jae Ahn
8th Kenny Loke and Zachary Lemonides
Varsity Speaker Results
1st Jakob Urda
2nd Danny Goynatsky
3rd James Gao
4th Jae Ahn
5th Paul Drexler
6th Sam Lewis
7th Jack Kurila
8th Sarthak Agrawal
9th Patrick Monaghan
10th Eric Greenberg
Novice Team Results
1st James Gao and Ethan Metzger
2nd Josh Zakharov and Neil Suri
3rd Ellis Soodak and Eitan Ezra
4th Adi Ram and Joseph Wiltzer
5th Chad Schmerling and Ethan Gelfer
Novice Speaker Results
1st James Gao
3rd Adi Ram
4th Ethan Gelfer
5th Neil Suri
6th Josh Zakharov
7th Joseph Wiltzer
8th Ellis Soodak
9th Eitan Ezra
10th Vanessa Ma
Congrats to Nick Liu and Jack Kurila for making it to the quarterfinal round of the UNC Invitational, and to Sarthak Agrawal for earning 10th speaker out of the entire field!
Congratulations to Ellis Soodak and Adi Ram, for winning the UChicago Annual Novice Tournament, as well as to all members who participated
Congratulations to our only competing team, Jakob Urda and Liya Khan for breaking varsity at the Tufts debate tournament, and to Jakob Urda for earning 7th speaker!
In light of the controversy over Dean Ellison’s letter to the class of 2020, the Chicago Debate Society is proud to cohost and facilitate a public debate on the place of safe spaces in the University. Come join us in Saieh Hall 146 this Tuesday (9/27) for a lively debate, free Hyde Park Food, and a chance to see what our organisation is all about.
Congratulations to Eric Greenberg and Vishal Talasani, the winners of the 2016 CDS In-House Tournament!
Langfan Debate Tournament
Congratulations to Davis and Euirim for winning the 2016 Annual Langfan Constitutional Debate tournament!
Congratulations to Jing Chai, John Lee, Michelle Jiang, and Paul Drexler for representing CDS at the National Championship in New York!