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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A huge congratulations to Drew Harrington and Jay Gibbs for winning the Wesleyan tournament this weekend! Drew also received first speaker and Jay received third speaker!


Congratulations to Jay Gibbs and Drew Harrington for breaking to semifinals at Haverford this weekend. Drew also won 8th varsity speaker!

Brandeis IV

Jaewan Park and Adi Ram broke to semifinals at Brandeis IV! Great Job!

Moody Bible Institute

CDS had an amazing weekend at the Moody Bible tournament!
Winning the tournament: Rachel Blume and Ben Koch

Advancing to finals: Adi Ram and Jaewan Park
Advancing to semifinals: Katherine Ottenbreit and Daniel Polissky

Advancing to quarterfinals:
Andrew Hamilton & Zachary Lemonides
Fred Goldstein-Rose & Megan Hanson
Nasir Smith & Griffin Badalamente
Marc Loeb & Danila Babushkin

Varsity Speaker Awards:

1st: Fred Goldstein-Rose
3rd: Ben Koch
4th: Rachel Blume
6th: Griffin Badalamente
7th: Adi Ram
8th: Danila Babushkin
10th: Katherine Ottenbreit

Novice Speaker Awards:
2nd: Griffin Badalamente
3rd: Danila Babushkin
6th: Megan Hanson
7th: Nasir Smith
8th: Thadeus Obora
9th: Maddie Min


A huge congratulations to Max Wu and Devesh Kodnani for winning the City University of New York ProAms tournament this weekend! Ben Koch won 5th varsity speaker, Devesh won 2nd novice speaker and Max Wu won 4th novice speaker.

Northeastern University ProAms

CDS had a great showing at Northeastern ProAms this weekend! Drew Harrington & Nasir Smith and Adi Ram & Danila Babushkin broke to octofinals. Drew also won 3rd varsity speaker and Adi won 10th varsity speaker.

American University ProAms

CDS novices and varsity had a great time in DC this weekend competing in the American University ProAms tournament. Timothy Ritter won 3rd novice speaker!

University of Pennsylvania

Great job to Adi Ram and his hybrid from Swarthmore for reaching varsity semifinals at UPenn's tournament last weekend!

Brown University

Congratulations to Jay Gibbs for reaching Brown semifinals with his hybrid from Northeastern. Jay also won 8th speaker! Great Job!

The College of New Jersey

A big congratulations to Josh Neudorf and his hybrid from Brown University for breaking to varsity quarterfinals at TCNJ this weekend! Great job!


Congratulations to Andrew Hamilton and Drew Harrington for making it to semi-finals at the Rutgers tournament this weekend. Great job!

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!