Debate Team

The Debate Team's goal is to expand the role of ethical and engaged public debate and advocacy at USF and in the community.  Team members participate in public debates about contemporary social and political issues and competition at intercollegiate tournaments. 

Meetings are on Tuesday nights at 6:30 pm in Cowell 314. Email Professor Alexis Litzky, alitzky@usfca.edu for more information.

2014 - 2015  events:

Team NewsMike Epley with Debate Tournament awards

Debate Team member Mike Epley, a junior in Communication Studies, competed at the Northern California Forensics Association Season Opener September 26 – 28, 2014 and walked away with a handful of awards. Mike took 2nd Place, Open Lincoln-Douglas Debate (out of 55 students) and 5th Place Speaker, Open Parliamentary Debate (out of 120 students). Twenty-nine regional schools participated in the tournament. “Debate keeps you interested in what’s going on in the world,” Mike said. “If you like to win or are interested in competition, debate is a rewarding way to be a competitor.” 

  • September 26 - 28, 2014: Golden Gate Season Opener at San Francisco State University
  • October 4 - 5, 2014: UC Berkeley Parliamentary Debate Invitational
  • October 21, 2014: USF Dons Political Debate - a public, on-campus debate exploring Proposition E - City of San Francisco Sugary Drink Tax - on the November 2014 ballot
  • October 31 - November 2, 2014: Paul Winters Invitational at the University of the Pacific, Stockton